Folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion will make their first Midcoast appearance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 at Carver Hill Gallery, 264 Meadow St.

Guthrie is the youngest daughter of folksinger Arlo Guthrie and the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie. Irion is a former member of indie rock bands Queen Sarah Saturday and Dillon Fence. The couple married in 1999 and have been performing together since 2000, recording several critically acclaimed albums.

The couple have performed with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, Iris Dement and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings; and Guthrie’s own live debut was at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Their appearance in the Cider Barn of Carver Hill Gallery will be rare opportunity to hear them in a small, intimate setting.

Guthrie and Irion released their first children’s CD, “Go Waggaloo,” last fall. They are joined on the recording by their two daughters, as well as friends and family members including Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. The album includes three songs featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie never before put to music.

As a child, Guthrie sang on her father’s 1981 album “Power of Love.” But her adult interest in music was sparked when she worked as her father’s road manager on the 1997 Further Festival tour. She picked up an acoustic guitar and started playing as a way to join in. She had always written poems, so it was not that far off to turn that into songs, she said.

“My dad was absolutely thrilled, of course, and would teach me stuff every day when we were on the road together. That was a really cool way to get to know my dad, because I’d never known him that way,” she said.

Tickets are $15. Seating is limited in the Cider Barn and live events frequently sell out, so reservations are strongly encouraged; call 236-0745. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be picked up no later than 15 minutes prior to show time.

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