Stringchronicity for St. Patrick’s day

Mar 13, 2018
Nikos Apollonio

Camden — Stringchronicity, a group of four professional musicians specializing in Irish and Scots traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own compositions in a traditional style, will offer an informal concert for St. Patrick’s Day.

The music will run from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Drouthy Bear Pub, 50 Elm St./Route 1. Since the space is very small and seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended as is an early arrival; most patrons will be finished dinner by then. Seating will first come, first served.

Stringchronicity draws on a wealth of repertoire from the 1600s to present. Susan Groce, classically trained violin/fiddle, also is  the chairman of the UMaine at Orono arts department. Amy Kercsmar of Unity is a classical and folk harper with a repertoire specializing in the compositions of the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan, who lived from 1670 to 1738. He is considered by many to be the premier composer of tunes for Irish harp.

Tom Judge, playing five-string fiddle/viola, was brought up in the Irish community of Chicago and Milwaukie. He also is founder and CEO of the helicopter ambulance service Lifeflight of Maine. Nikos Apollonio plays fiddle and 10-string cittern. He also is the Midcoast’s most established luthier, having made string instruments since 1962; they are shipped to professional musicians worldwide.

Drouthy Bear is a relatively new Scottish pub in Camden which features weekly informal music sessions on Wednesday evenings. All four members of the quartet are known to regular music fans who attend these. Those attending are encouraged to contribute as generously as they would for any concert.

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

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