Samhain, Banking the Fire with Castlebay

Traditional music from Celtic lands

BELLOWS FALLS — Samhain is the ancient Celtic time of year we now call Halloween, but is a deeply spiritual time, when one year ends and the new year begins. Castlebay, that have been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987, will help celebrate this special time of year in this concert entitled Samhain, Banking the Fire. Castlebay members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style.

Castlebay's concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic.

Castlebay has toured the Eastern United States, Ireland, England and Scotland playing at festivals and arts centers, as well as on radio and television. The duo maintains a commitment to cultural education, exchanging music and lore with colleagues. They provide folklore and music programs for schools, museums, libraries and Elderhostels exploring Celtic lore and tradition throughout the eastern United States and the British Isles.

The music and lore of both the Celtic lands and New England is alive with imagery associated with our relationships to each other and the natural world. The stories and songs are a vehicle for explaining them and attempting to transform, or be transformed by them. Hearing and understanding ancient stories and music inspired by elemental experience can help us refill our own wells of creativity and reweave the web of connection. They are timeless, and provide revelation, and even healing, for both the bard and the audience.

Samhain, Banking the Fire with Castlebay, a concert experience, is at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St. Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square, or call 802-460-0110, or visit


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