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March 9, 2009


Maine’s own maritime and Celtic music duo, Castlebay, will perform at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday evening, April 4 at 8 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. The performance is open to the public.  Tickets are priced at $10 per person.

Tickets to the Castlebay performance may be purchased through the UMFK Development Office at 834-7800, or at the door the evening of the event.

Castlebay’s performance at UMFK is in conjunction with the UMFK Foundation’s annual dinner fundraising event.  Tickets to the annual dinner are priced at $50 per person and include a social, elegant five-course dinner, the Castlebay performance, and an after-performance dessert reception.

Castlebay's repertoire includes traditional songs and music from Scotland, Ireland and England, as well as of the Maine coast. Because they are so steeped in tradition, their original work often "passes" as traditional.

Castlebay hails from Round Pond, Maine.  Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee are founding members of Castlebay, formed as a quartette in 1987, to perform and promote the music of Maine and the Celtic lands of Scotland and Ireland. Castlebay became a duo in 1993, and Julia and Fred have since honed their performances as a duo.  They have recorded over 25 albums.

Julia Lane plays the Celtic harp, also known as the folk harp or lever harp. This triangular frame harp, probably originated in southeastern Scotland about 1,400 years ago.

Fred Gosbee's primary instrument is the 12-string guitar, which he began playing in 1973. It is strung with six double courses, giving it a fuller sound than a normal six-string guitar.

Castlebay regularly tours throughout the eastern United States, performing at arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, schools, and libraries. They have toured the United Kingdom annually since 1993, where they have collaborated with performers on several CDs and also composed music for a major work presented at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2001.

Julia Lane decided in favor of music and singing after studying early childhood development.  She studied classical and flamenco guitar at Phillips Exeter Academy.  She used the guitar to accompany her singing until 1989 when she discovered the Celtic harp. Self-taught, she rapidly became a skilled and exciting player, winning the Senior Professional division at the New Hampshire Scottish Games Harp Competition in 1990 and 1991, as well as at the International Folk Harp Competition at Stonehill College in 1992.  Julia is in demand as a teacher of performance workshops for the harp throughout the east coast.

Fred Gosbee left a career as a shipbuilder and engineer to make music a full-time pursuit in 1988. He has played classic and 12-string guitar for over 35 years. He began playing the violin, viola and Irish flute in 1995.  He has been playing the tin-whistle longer than he can remember.  He is self-taught on the guitar, whistle and flute.  He studied violin with Dean Stein, and many years ago he studied tuba and string bass. He learned many traditional songs from his family, who worked as lumbermen in the forests of New Brunswick and Maine. His original songs have been sung and recorded by other artists.

For further information about the Castlebay performance at UMFK, please call the Development Office at 834-7800.