2008-07-03 / About Town

Pendragon is first for summer concert series

Summer music in Jamestown kicks off its 2008 season with one of New England's best known Celtic bands bringing its unique style to the East Ferry Memorial Square on Sunday evening, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Pendragon, who celebrate their 25th anniversary in September, has embraced the New England Celtic tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon's music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River.

Pendragon fashions the music of tradition into the music of tomorrow, performing their original songs and dance tunes on an exciting combination of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, concertina, banjo, guitar, whistle and percussion. In performance, Pendragon elaborates on the cultural and historical context of the music while projecting a relaxed and humorous stage presence that comes from over two decades of performance together.

Pendragon is comprised of step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on bouzouki, fiddle and tenor banjo; Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertinas; Josh Kane on flute and whistles; and Mary Lee Partington on vocals and bodhran. Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act and a Governor's Tourism Award. Pendragon has been voted Rhode Island's Best Celtic Act in the 2007, 2006 and 2005 MOTIF Magazine's Best Music Poll.

Bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the free concert. The event is sponsored by the East Ferry Market & Deli, the Secret Garden and the Jamestown Press. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Recreation Center.

For more information on the Summer Concert series, visit the Town of Jamestown Web site at www.jamestownri.net and click on the Parks and Recreation Department link.

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