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Concerts to grace Village Green

Updated 9:15 pm, Wednesday, August 3, 2011
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The Edwin Kinkade Concerts on the Green series will kick off Aug. 6 on the Village Green in New Milford.

The series is sponsored by the New Milford Commission on the Arts.

Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the bandstand.

The lineup includes The Kerry Boys, the state's Irish balladeers, Aug. 6; the traditional American folk music and dance group Atwater-Donnelly Aug. 13; The Barons Aug. 20; the Woods Tea Company, performers of Celtic, novelty, French-Canadian and American folk music, Aug. 27.

The Kerry Boys is comprised of Mark James, originally from the County Kerry, Ireland, and now a resident of Cheshire, and Pierce Campbell, of Prospect, who was the Connecticut State Troubadour for 2007 and 2008.

The duo, who got their start at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., has performed together for more than 20 years.

The award-winning, husband-wife duo of Atwater-Donnelly blends vocals with an array of instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more.

They often collaborate with other musicians such as Cathy Clasper-Torch, Heidi and John Cerrigione, and Uriah Donnelly, Irish stepdancer Kevin Doyle and Jerimoth Hill.

Performances often include a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works, and other surprises including, Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork and tap.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.