Award winning Irish group HighTime to play Calais Celtic Concerts Saturday night in Calais

Submitted photo Calais Celtic Concerts is pleased to bring back the multi-award winning group from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, February 29, at 6 p.m. EST, and doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

Calais – Calais Celtic Concerts is pleased to bring back the multi-award winning group from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, February 29, at 6 p.m. EST, and doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

The fresh new trio from the heart of Connemara, Ireland combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience to delight listeners. Featuring an unusual lie-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhran, guitar and vocals (with some Irish dancing steps thrown in!), HighTime make a youthful and energetic statement. We featured them last year in June and the show was electrifying.

Equal measures of music and tradition from old Ireland coupled with bold new arrangements make for a tasty platter of music, song and dance from these three young men. From the village of Ardmore on the rugged west coast, Ciaran and Seamus have been immersed in the regions rich and diverse musical heritage their whole lives. Joined by a friend of many years, Michael, a master in his field hailing from Glossop Manchester, their music encapsulates the essence of their comradely which is the driving force at the heart of this enthusiastic trio.

HighTime play with a breathtaking energy and passion that is both effortless yet drivingly soulful and fun. Neighbors, Ciaran and Seamus, and great friend Michael, have a unique and virtuoso musical connection through so many years of performing together and individually; all the while enchanting audiences worldwide with music, song and dance steeped in the well of Irish tradition – no doubt their music and energy-fueled live performances are sure to get the hands clapping and toes tapping!

An incredible 23 times all Ireland champion on harp, whistle, singing and dancing, Seamus is one of the few of his age responsible for maintaining the oldest style of Irish singing. Sean-Nos or Old Style singing, an ancient form of decorative Irish song, is of huge importance to him. He proudly boasts the beauty of this Irish art-form wherever he goes, delivering haunting renditions of poignant Irish folklore and mesmeric melodies to attentive audiences. His Sea-Nos dancing is one of the highlights of the show.

The Knights of Columbus Hall, is located at 2 Park St., downtown Calais, Maine, right across from the 2nd Baptist church and City Hall. Ticket prices are $20 adult, $5 for 15 years and under, US. Pre-show tickets can be bought at Trade Winds Shop N’ Save, on South St. in Calais. For more information or reservations please call 207-214-2067. Check out the Facebook page Calais Celtic Concert Series.

For more information on HighTime, go to www.hightime.ie