12/3/23, Sunday: Castlebay (3:00 matinee)

Castlebay weaves the history, legend, and experience of New England and the Celtic lands in story and song in a 3:00 PM matinee on December 3. Tickets are $10 in advance through stage33live.com or $12 at the door. Read the press release.

Castlebay at Stage 33 Live

BELLOWS FALLS — Castlebay weaves the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands in story and song, blending history, legend, and experience into engaging performances featuring Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, strings, and woodwinds. The duo of Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee play poignant ballads interspersed with joyous dance tunes, Lane’s ethereal soprano and Gosbee’s rich baritone giving life to the evocative imagery, beautiful melodies, and salty humor of the history and characters of life close to the elemental beauty of the sea and shore.

Castlebay has released over three dozen albums and has toured the United States, Ireland, England, and Scotland, including five appearances at International Festivals of the Sea in the UK. Julia Lane is a past winner of the International Folk Harp Competition. Fred Gosbee is a musical instrument maker whose family worked as lumbermen in the forests of New Brunswick and Maine. They have loved, researched, and performed traditional music for most of their lives, and their original compositions — being heralded, sung, and recorded by other artists — will surely become part of that canon.

This is a 3:00 PM matinee on December 3 at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Tickets are $10 in advance through stage33live.com or $12 at the door. Seating is limited. All performances are recorded and filmed.

The COVID-19 protocol will be the guidelines in effect in the community on show day. Currently the guidance is that masks are optional, which may change without notice. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any respiratory virus symptoms.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be happening, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, the Bellows Falls Opera House, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and WOOL-FM that helped fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

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