SPENCERTOWN — Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Concerts Series presents Celtic singer-songwriter Kevin McKrell with Brian Melick at 8 p.m. March 9 at the Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown. General admission tickets ($20 public, $15 Academy members, $10 students) may be purchased in advance via www.spencertownacademy.org and will be available at the door.
“We wanted to present some music in March that was related to doing a little St. Patrick’s Day celebrating. It was a bit of the luck of the Irish that Kevin McKrell and Brian Melick were available,” says Mike Zdeb, member of the Academy’s Music Committee. “If you’ve never seen Kevin McKrell perform, you are in for a treat and for those who have been following him for a while, here’s a chance to see him in an intimate cabaret setting with great acoustics.”
Celtic folk music legend and Saratoga, New York native Kevin McKrell has performed at top Celtic, folk, and bluegrass festivals around the world, as well as at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other illustrious venues. Songs that he’s written have been performed and recorded by The Kingston Trio, Irish artists The Furey Brothers, folk music giant Bob Shane, Scottish folk band North Sea Gas, New England folkies Woods Tea Company, Belfast native folk singer Seamus Kennedy, Upstate New York bands Hair of the Dog and Get Up Jack, and Ireland’s The Dublin City Ramblers.
Brian Melick will accompany McKrell on drums and percussion. He has recorded and played live with musicians as diverse as Celtic artist Cathie Ryan, folk rockers Dave Maswick and Joel Brown, jazz great Peggy Delaney, folk icon Reggie Harris, Flaminco guitarst Maria Zemantauski, and The Ellen Sinopolis Dance Company.
McKrell and Melick first met at a folk music festival in upstate New York some 25 years ago. The duo has been in a musical conversation ever since.
Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Concerts Series features artists who reach back to earlier traditions in music (Americana, jazz, blues, rock, and world music) for inspiration, while incorporating more recent trends, forms, and influences.
For information, see www.spencertownacademy.org or call 518-392-3693.