“Harp & Soul,” will change up their popular holiday repertoire to usher in Memorial Day/Tea Party Weekend with a program of summer songs from the British Isles, Celtic lands and beyond. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Robert Ortiz Studio, 207 South Cross Street, Chestertown. Admission is $15 for adults (children free). All proceeds from the concert will go to the Kent County Community Food Pantry.
“Harp & Soul” features Meredith Hadaway, Celtic harp and concertina; Ben Bennington, guitar and vocals; Rebekah Hardy Hock, oboe and saxophone; Nevin Dawson, viola; and Bob Ortiz, percussion. They will be joined for some rousing tunes by guest musicians Paul MacDonald, fiddle and John Gillespie, whistle and concertina, of “Jigs and Reels.”
The program includes a mix of lovely and lively traditional tunes alongside some original pieces. Hadaway, whose poetry collection, At the Narrows, won the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for creative writing, will premiere a musical setting of her poem “The Cat Knocks Over the Perfume,” in a harp and saxophone duet.
The concert benefits the Kent County Community Food Pantry, an organization that feeds 200 local families a month.