All-female Irish band will give three concerts

RANGELEY — Girsa, an eight-piece, all-female Irish band based in New York, will make its first tour of Maine in mid-June.

Performances will be at Lakeside Theater on Tuesday, June 14; Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage on Wednesday, June 15; and Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 16.

The women of Girsa, who are from the Pearl River, N.Y., have been playing traditional Irish music, dancing and singing together for most of their young lives. Many are the daughters of musicians and Irish immigrants. All have had the distinction of representing the United States at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and several hold titles in various instruments.

They have all known each other since childhood and started Girsa, which means “young girls” in Gaelic, a little more than four years ago.

The group holds numerous titles, including first place at a busking competition at the Festival in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick in May 2005.

"Now that I'm home from college, I play music almost every day," said singer, fiddler and mandolinist Deirdre Brennan, a nursing major at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

"I think you can have a normal career outside of music and still have music at the center of your life," she said.

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