Celtic songs and tunes from Brittany

Aug 15, 2019
Brad Hurley, left, and Claire Boucher.

ROCKLAND — Traditional songs and dance tunes from Brittany, the Celtic region of France, will be featured on Friday, Aug. 23, in a concert for Rockland Folk Arts. Singer Claire Boucher and her partner, flute and guitar player Brad Hurley, will travel from their home in Montreal to present a lively and entertaining program at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is $15 at the door, cash or checks only, please. Plenty of free parking is available at the museum, which is located at 75 Mechanic St. For more information, call 593-8068 or visit facebook.com/RocklandFolkArts.

Claire Boucher is a traditional singer from Sarzeau, on the Presqu’Ile de Rhuys in southern Brittany, the Celtic region of France. Her involvement in Breton traditions started with dance, and her enthusiasm for singing grew from there. Boucher and her partner, Brad Hurley, who accompanies her on wooden flute and 12-string guitar, have been performing together for the past decade at festivals, house concerts, and dances in Canada and the United States. Boucher sings in French and Breton, a Gaelic language closely related to Welsh. Her first CD, Rhoé-Inis, was released in 2015.

Brad Hurley has been playing traditional Irish music on whistle and wooden flute since the late 1970s, and has performed in dozens of concerts, weddings, dances, theater productions, and festivals in New England and eastern Canada. Hurley has taught flute and whistle for many years, and his online guide to the Irish flute is a popular resource among flute players around the world.

Rockland Folk Arts is an all-volunteer collaborative dedicated to presenting live folk music in Midcoast Maine. The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum is a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) educational organization founded and maintained by Capt. Jim Sharp and his wife, Meg. This concert is part of a series being sponsored at the museum by the two organizations.

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