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(Mountain Home) – The Arvest Concert Series at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will present the folk band Blue Fiddle in a free concert at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center at 7 PM on March 14.

Officials say tickets are not required for this event on the ASUMH campus.

Formed in 2004, the Arkansas-based acoustic trio forges a new direction in Irish/American music. Multi-instrumentalists and award-winning songwriters, band members Joe Hamilton, Tom Ware and John Lindquist each bring a distinct musical style to the table, finding common ground in the Celtic rhythms of Ireland.

Influenced by the traditionalism of the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners, and inspired by the drive and energy of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, Blue Fiddle is fueled by the band members’ longtime friendship and powered by extraordinary musical talent.

Blue Fiddle’s 2010 self-titled CD features eight original and three traditional Irish songs. Weaving universal themes of love, loss, friendship, honor, anger, drunkenness and traveling the open road into its patchwork quilt of ballads, jigs, reels, pop and folk, the album’s tales are told through lyrical poetry, gritty narratives, and foot-tapping, heart-pounding instrumentals.

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