Several of the Maine Folque Co-op's musicians joined forces as “The Sizzling Shamrocks” at Governor's Restaurant in Lewiston on March 17, 2015 to entertain diners with a lively mix of both Irish and French Canadian jigs and reels.
The action started at 5 p.m. and went until 7 p.m., with musicians from age 9 to "ageless" performing on banjo, mandolin, guitar, and spoons as well as multiple fiddles.
The event was not only fun but functional, as Governor's generously pledged to donate 10% of the proceeds from their food sales that evening to the Maine Folque Co-op in order to support our youth music program.
To further spread the joy on St. Patrick's Day, young fiddler Owen Kennedy (pictured above) and some of his Shamrocks compatriots took their "sizzling" music across the river that afternoon to Schooner Estates Retirement Community in Auburn. Mark Prevost, resident services coordinator at Schooner Estates, said that the residents there are big fans of the old time fiddle tunes and they love it whenever musicians from the Folque Co-op visit. In appreciation, Schooner, too, made a donation to the Folque Co-op to support us in our mission to continue to "bring the generations together" through the magic of music. Merci beaucoup to Schooner and Governor's both!