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UMFK to host Irish folk singer and humorist

November 5, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host noted Irish folk singer and humorist, Seamus Kennedy, on Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium.             

General admission is $5 per person. UMFK students may attend free.             

In his thirty years of professional performing, Kennedy has taken his music from Alaska to Florida, Maryland to California and a host of stops in between, playing everywhere from pubs to concert halls.  As a result, he is a master showman of exceptional musical skills and unmatched repartee.              

Kennedy’s trademark is his ongoing interaction with his audience.  From the moment he steps on stage, he starts talking to them and encourages them to talk back.  He is quick with a quip and likes nothing better than to discover someone in the audience who is similarly inclined.   

Fast-paced humor is very much a part of what Seamus does, whether he’s telling a series of rapid-fire jokes or launching into a lyrical parody. There always is something for everybody. In fact, Seamus seems to be having such a grand time, and he makes it all look so effortless, that it is easy not to notice what a superb musician he truly is.  He will segue seamlessly from an Irish ballad about a dying town to a rollicking reel and then move into American music, equally at home with folk, pop, country or traditional.    

The event is sponsored by Student Activities. For more information, contact Ray Phinney at (207) 834-7850.   ####