Traditional Irish music band A Pint of Plain will make its debut appearance Saturday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St. Comprised of four local musicians, the band features two fiddles, guitar, button accordion, cittern and uilleann pipes.

Fiddler Jim Burke recently emigrated from New Hampshire, where he was a mainstay of the Irish music scene. He was a longtime member of the Irish band Odd Men Out.

Jim Hyland, who recently moved to Belfast from Maryland, has played Irish music for many years. A fine singer as well as multi-instrumental, he plays guitar, fiddle and button accordion. He is a founding member the band Kilshanny, which continues to perform throughout the Washington, D.C., area.

Hugh McGinness, a computer geek by day and musician much of the rest of the time, lives in Nobleboro. Although proficient on several instruments, his preference for Irish music is the cittern, a 10-stringed instrument in the mandolin family. He played with the traditional band Feckless for several years.

Rockland resident Susanne Ward comes from a musical family and grew up playing the piano. In the early 1990s, she decided to learn how to play the Irish uilleann pipes, a complex bellows-blown instrument and, after nearly 20 years, she finally is beginning understand the instrument. Ward also was in Feckless.

There is no charge for the concert but seating is limited, so plan to arrive early.

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