Formed in Santa Monica, California in 1988, the Young Dubliners have released seven albums and have played in the U.S. and Europe. Keith Roberts and Paul OToole first met on Los Angeles's pub scene circa late 80s at a time when Roberts was composing some Irish ballads. They thought casually about assembling a rag-tag team of fellow Irish transplants and like-minded American rockers. The band evolved through various personnel changes until their first EP Rocky Road.
Familiar Looking Strangers are based in Liverpool, the music capital of the UK. Influenced by Liverpool and American roots. The music is driven by thunderous rhythm and cutting guitar riffs, with blistering melodies, layered with four part harmonies.They write songs of love and life, seen through the eyes and portrayed through the minds of four working class lads from Liverpool and Madrid, Spain. FLS is recognized for their energetic and passionate performances.
Sparrow Tree is an energetic, fresh, four-piece, jam-grass band that is leading the way for a new generation of folk music in Marquette. Consisting of Troy Graham on guitar and lead vocals, Emily Durkin on fiddle, Sam Graves on mandolin and vocals, recent addition Russel Harmon on banjo and Gretchen McKenzie on double bass and vocals, these incredibly talented musicians are infusing a generous shot of youth and vigor into the Upper Peninsula’s folk grass scene with their captivating mix of original compositions and traditional folk repertoire.
Due to these three acts, this concert will have a special start time of 7 p.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance at the NMU Bookstore, Forest Roberts Theatre and the Superior Dome. Cost for students/kids are $6, NMU faculty/staff/seniors 60 and older are $15, while general public are $20.
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