On Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m., Maine folk duo Castlebay will play music of Maine’s seafaring tradition at the Sailpower and Steam Museum, Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St.

Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee treat their audiences to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic with songs and stories of life with the sea. Both have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. Haunting ballads, jovial chanteys, shimmering instrumental airs and spritely dance tunes are supported with Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and woodwinds.

Since 1984, Castlebay has created a body of work that celebrates Maine’s maritime heritage and environment. In addition to their many recordings of traditional tunes, Lane and Gosbee have written, recorded and produced two albums of original music. Many of their finely crafted narrative ballads have as themes the lives of those who live by the sea, not only the deep water sailors but also the shipwrights, coasters, fisherman and their wives. These are the people who established Maine as a maritime legend and who continue to build that legend with their daily lives of skill, hard work and pride.

Castlebay plays frequently at concerts, celebrations and events both here and abroad, acting as musical ambassadors for Maine. Past performances include the International Festival of the Sea in Leith; Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow; and The Edinburgh Folk Festival in Scotland, as well as festivals in Bristol and Portsmouth, England. They have performed at hundreds of arts centers, folk clubs, libraries and museums from Maine to Florida. They present workshops on Maine and nautical history through music to thousands of children and adults at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and at schools throughout New England. For more information about Castlebay,  visit castlebay.net.

Concert admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 701-7627 or 594-2230; or send e-mail to spsllc09@yahoo.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.