Unless otherwise noted below, concerts are held at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church , 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214. (A church is located at the same address in Milwaukie, which confuses some GPS units. Use the zipcode.)
St. David is located just east of the Ladd's Addition neighborhood. Harrison Street is midway between Hawthorne and Division. There is limited free parking in the church parking lot and additional on-street parking in the immediate neighborhood. All concerts are smoke-free; a handicapped-accessible entrance is available.
Concert at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7 pm. Ticket prices are listed below. Children under 12 FREE.
IRELAND AND SCOTLAND COMING TO PORTLAND
Kicking off the next season of PFS concerts on September 11 will be the Celtic duo Men of Worth. Their tunes and songs are so authentic, so closely connected to their heritage, that Scotsman Donnie Macdonald, from the Isle of Lewis, sings some in his native Gaelic, while Irishman James Keigher includes time-polished pieces saved from the oral tradition of his native County Mayo.
Growing up as boys they listened most eagerly to the music of America, and not especially to the music of their own areas. But the pair could not escape the emotions and traditions of their homeland song heritage. “We could not grow away from those sounds” said Macdonald, “so we have preserved them as accurately and authentically as we can.”
The musicians, who met in California in 1985, each play a handful of instruments, among them mandolin, guitar, mandocello, banjo, concertina and bodhran (Celtic drum). They have played concerts across the US from Alaska to Texas. They also lead guided tours to their own musical roots, leading folk fans to the western isles of Scotland and to Ireland's heartland to hear the real music of those countries.
“From the moment you stepped onto the stage you had the audience in the palm of your hands.” -Gail Bunker, Dixie State College of Utah
“There is nothing like the real thing, and the real thing in Celtic/Folk entertainment is Men of Worth.” -Stephen McCandless, Craterian Performances
Reviews, bios and other information can be found on their website.
Information, call 503-719-4748
Opening for Men of Worth will be long-time Portlander Richard Colombo. Richard began his professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved to Portland in 1985. He studied classical guitar at Portland State, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music. In 2006 Richard and his partner took the reins of Artichoke Music and turned it into a non-profit music community. Since then he has been the face of Artichoke Music, performing and emceeing the varied acoustic music programs.
Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)
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