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New Germany State Park Hosting Castlebay Concert


Grantsville, Md. (September 12, 2011)New Germany State Park will be hosting a free concert by Castlebay, Maine’s premier Celtic folk duo, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 in the New Germany Lake House.

Castlebay specializes in traditional Celtic folk music and music of the Maine coast, as well as evocative original compositions from members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee. Julia plays the Celtic harp and Fred the violin as well as four other folk instruments.

The duo specializes in the poetry and songs of Robert Burns, reciting and signing his work in the original dialect. Having a deep appreciation for the unique character of their home state of Maine, as well as the Celtic lands, Castlebay weaves history, legend and experience into their personable performance style.

Castlebay has toured the United States, Ireland, England and Scotland playing at festivals and arts centers, as well as on radio and television. The duo maintains committed to cultural education, providing folklore and music programs for schools, museums, and libraries throughout the eastern United States and the British Isles. They have released 27 recordings, including both original and traditional songs, Christmas harp recordings, and the "Tapestry" collection, a 6-part instrumental series. Their music has been featured on Turner Broadcasting’s “Portrait of America” series.

Refreshments and gifts will be available for purchase at the New Germany Snack Bar & Gift Shop. For more information, please contact 301-895-5453 or park-new

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   September 12, 2011

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