Rock City Café, 316 Main St., will host a concert featuring a collaboration by two of New England’s most gifted Irish musicians Friday, Aug. 30. The Velvet Lounge series concert will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fiddler Roger Burridge, a New Hampshire transplant from Somerset, England, started out playing English folk music for the local dances. He developed a keen interest in Irish fiddle tunes and decided to go right to the source via the Swansee/Rosslare ferry. He spent a year or so in both Dublin and Galway City, ending up with several years as a house musician in McGanns Pub in Doolin, Co. Clare, playing nightly with Davy Spillane and many other fine musicians including his hero Tommy Peoples.

Christian "Junior" Stevens first picked up the squeezebox in 1997 and has become a fixture in the Irish traditional music scene in America. Performing on button accordion and Anglo concertina, he has honed his craft at the feet of some of the finest musicians at home and abroad. He is an active promoter of traditional music and is a highly sought-after dance musician, an experienced teacher and a natural performer, gracing stages across the country with some of the genre's most talented artists.

In addition to coffee and desserts, cocktails, beer, wine and dinner are available during the concert. There is no cover charge, but tipping the musicians is greatly appreciated. For more information, call Rock City at 594-4123.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or