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Friday, March 18, 2016


Kevin McKrell will perform March 26 in Wellsboro.
WELLSBORO—Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., folksinger and songwriter Kevin McKrell will perform Celtic folk and Celtic bluegrass music at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This will be the last Wellsboro Community Concert Association show of the 2015-2016 season.
Audiences warm up to McKrell right away. He has a devilish sense of humor, loves to tell stories about the songs he plays and invites the audience to sing along.

Joining McKrell on stage for the Deane Center concert will be renowned recording artist and percussionist Brian Melick and Adirondack fiddler Doug Moody. “I have been performing with these two for 25 years or more,” McKrell said.

Both Melick and Moody performed as members of The McKrells and are among the musicians featured on McKrell’s latest CD titled “I Wish I Had a Boat,” released on February 20, 2015. Melick is the percussionist on many of the songs and Moody plays fiddle on “Dublin Town.”

One of McKrell’s best-known songs, “All of the Hard Days are Gone” has been recorded by the Kingston Trio, Hair of the Dog and Wood’s Tea Company. Among the many others who have recorded or performed a McKrell song are The Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur, Seamus Kennedy, North Sea Gas, Bob Shane, and the Dublin City Ramblers.

McKrell, Davy McDonnell and Jeff Strange were the founding members of Donnybrook Fair, a Celtic folk trio that got its start in the 1980s in Albany, N.Y. Their 1982 album “Tunnel Tigers” remains a classic.

There had been many personnel changes by the time banjoist Chris Leske joined the group in 1991. It was briefly rechristened Hard Times and then became known as The McKrells, the first Celtic bluegrass band ever with McKrell and Craig Vance on guitar, Leske on banjo and Rick Bedrosian on bass. For 15 years, the band performed everywhere – in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, all over Ireland and Canada and at bluegrass festivals across the United States. Then, in 2006, the McKrells disbanded. “Everybody had a different idea about what they wanted to do in the future so we decided to call it quits,” McKrell said.

In 2011, both bands reunited. The McKrells, including McKrell, Leske, Vance, Doug Moody on fiddle and Johnny Cribs on bass performed in April in New York State at The Egg in Albany and The Towne Crier in Pawling. Donnybrook Fair with McKrell, McDonnell and Strange performed that August at the Irish Music Festival in Bennington, Vermont.

Tickets at the door for the March 26 concert will be $20 for adults and $5 for students with student ID cards. Children 12 and under accompanying a paying adult will be admitted free.

For information or tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit
Photo by Sue Jacobsen

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