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McKinley James cello, Oliver Scanlon, fiddle and Dan Faiella, guitar

Traditional music from New England


MAY 26th at 3:00 PM

Cellist Mckinley James, fiddler Oliver Scanlon, and guitarist Dan Faiella all grew up playing the traditional fiddle music of the contra dances and grange hall jams that formed a backdrop to their rural upbringing. 

Over years of playing in venues ranging from grange halls to Carnegie Hall, these three musicians have developed a deep feeling for the traditional music of their childhood, as well as musical sensibilities that incorporate the breadth of influence that characterizes the living tradition of New England fiddle music. 

Together, they create music that balances the energy and drive of the dance floors on which they first heard the traditional fiddle music of New England, and the sensitive harmonies and delicate textures of a tune shared with friends on a back porch on a summer evening. 


Suggested donation: $20. 


(pronounced "Foh-luh") -

Irish Music from Portland and Boston

    Nicole Rabata, flute                 Ellery Klein, fiddle        & Bethany Waickman, guitar 


JUNE  2nd at 3:00 PM

Virtuosic Irish trio Fódhla return to Linden Lea! 

After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo albums, Portland, Maine-based flute player Nicole Rabata and Boston-based fiddler Ellery Klein decided a group together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional Irish music Ellery and Nicole honed during years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis. The trio is also influenced by the depths of Nicole’s virtuosic classical music career, Ellery’s Americana sounds, and Bethany’s soft-spoken, yet driving, guitar playing.

Fódhla have been well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. Their debut recording, Notes from Millpond, was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland. 

Suggested donation: $20.