Isla (pronounced "Isle-ah") is an acoustic duo that performs music deeply rooted in the British Isles, with Celtic and Appalachian selections the main focus. On Friday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m., the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will present a concert by Isla featuring vocals, guitar, fiddle, whistles, harmonium, concertina, mandolin and bodhran.

Isla bridges two traditions, from British Isles ballads to haunting counterparts from the mountains of Appalachia. These stories are brought once again to life through engaging settings of voice and instruments, resulting in a seamless weave of past and present.

Vocalist Deborah Packard and Scottish guitarist Peter Cairney met in Nashville, Tenn., and formed Isla in 1995. They have been delighting audiences with music rooted in the Celtic tradition ever since.

Tickets are $15; calling early for best seats is advised at 701-7627. Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. For more information on the museum and its programs, call 701-7627 or 596-0200; email; or visit

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