2017-05-12 / Community

Fodhla to pay at library concert series in South Portland

The South Portland Public Library welcomes Fodhla, a trio of female musicians, to perform at the next After Hours concert on Saturday, May 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the library’s Main location. The group is composed of fiddler Ellery Klein, guitarist Bethany Waickman and Irish flutist Nicole Rabata.

Fodhla (pronounced Foh-la), based in Portland and Boston, plays throughout New England at festivals, concerts and sessions. Most recently, they have appeared at BCM Fest, Belfast Celtic Fest and Salwater Celtic Fest, as well as Skye Theater and numerous concert series.

Rabata is regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has toured America and Europe, performing at a number of international flute festivals. Additionally, she has been featured on BBC Glasgow and her solo recording was featured on NPR. Rabatta spent four years in western Ireland where she immersed herself in the music. More recently, she spent two months in India where she performed and taught music at the Gandhi Ashram School in the Himalayas. Her playing is featured in the film, “The Heavenly Angel” along with Natalie MacMaster.

Klein spent four years touring and fiddling around the continental U.S. with the Irish band Gaelic Storm. In 2008, she cofounded the Boston-based female vocal and instrumental group Long Time Courting and performed with them until her family moved to Jerusalem in 2010. During her earlier career, Klein played with the Vermont based bagpipe rock band, Whisky Before Breakfast. In addition to performing, Klein also composes and records music for competitive Irish dancers with former band member Ryan Lacy.

Waickman grew up in a musical family in upstate New York, where she played piano starting at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Waickman formed the contra dance trio Anadama with Amelia Mason and Emily Troll in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers throughout the northeast. Waickman started performing with the Lissa Schneckenburger Band in 2008, and can be seen with Lissa on tours throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The concert will be held outside of the library’s usual hours of operation, and as such, regular library services will not be available.

Admission to this event is free. Questions can be directed to the South Portland Public Library at 767-7660. Visit the library website at www.SouthPortlandLibrary.com or follow them on Facebook.

The program is made possible through the support of Friends of the South Portland Public Library.

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