CAMDEN — Down East Singers, directed by Anthony Antolini, presents a free concert entitled “Comfort and Joy” with guest fiddler Owen Kennedy in the Camden Amphitheatre Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library. The performance will be a tribute to people who have suffered or lost their lives to COVID-19.

The program of all-American music will include selections of early New England songs from the Shakers and Quakers to contemporary gospel and jazz pieces by California composer Bill Cunliffe. Assistant Director Jennifer McIvor will accompany at the keyboard. Guest accompanist Sean Fleming will be featured in the jazz-oriented portions of the program.

Kennedy is a 16-year-old Maine fiddler whose love of traditional music has captivated audiences from Cape Breton to San Diego to the Shetland Islands. In 2021, Kennedy won the Junior U.S. National Fiddle Competition and the Young Stars of Maine “Glenn Jenks Future in Music” prize from Bay Chamber Music School. He is also a member of the Mozart Mentors Orchestra.

A limited number of chairs will be provided. The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m.