Irish Night Concert Series: The Glory Reel

Wednesday - June, 12 @ 7:30pm

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Caitlin Finley (fiddle), Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), and Junior Stevens (piano, melodeon, button accordion) play sparky, driving, and well-rooted traditional Irish music. They’ve all spent a considerable time digging deep into sources of the tradition, with the music of North Connacht and Ulster at the fore. A mutual interest in the recordings of Irish music made in America in the 1920s and 30s informs their sound, as does the piping of Willie Clancy and Seamus Ennis and the fiddling of John Doherty. To all this is added the vibrancy of the living tradition, with the thriving Irish music scenes of New York City and Boston playing a major role in the music of the trio. In fact, it was in a New York session where Caitlin and Will first met, finding a rare natural chemistry in their flute and fiddle duets that they’ve elaborated upon over the years. Junior Stevens, a stalwart of the Portland and Boston scenes, completes the sound of the trio with vibrant piano accompaniment and his famously punchy box playing. Their debut album, The Glory Reel, is set to be released in Spring 2019.

Originally from Philadelphia, Caitlin Finley learned much of her music from some of the great traditional players who live in the Philly area. As a teenager, she took fiddle lessons from Rose Flanagan and Brian Conway, and subsequently fell in love with the fiddle music of Sligo. While Caitlin’s interest in Sligo fiddling has not diminished, she has since developed a great love of Northern music, and her playing reflects the influence of both traditional styles. Caitlin has performed throughout the Philadelphia and New York area with various musicians, including Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, and Dylan Foley. Since leaving Philadelphia, Caitlin has lived in New York, where she played an active part in the city's traditional music scene. She now lives in Boston, where she can often be found playing in the city's numerous and superb sessions.

An East Coast native, Will Woodson lived in Glasgow, Scotland and New York City before moving to Portland, Maine. He holds a master’s degree in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. On the flute, he’s heavily influenced by the music of the older generations of Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon flute players; on the pipes, Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, and Patsy Touhey are at the fore of his listening. He’s also deeply influenced in the fiddle tradition of Donegal, and by John Doherty in particular. Will plays in the band Daymark and is active in the Portland and Boston traditional music scenes.

One of the foremost exponents of the concertina and button accordion in the Irish style, Christian Stevens has spent two decades surrounded by the thriving Irish music community in America. In 2017, he was named a master musician by the Maine Arts Commission, receiving an artist fellowship. He is a talented performer with a unique style, and has been featured on many recordings and stages from local dance halls to the Library of Congress.

Wednesday May 1 - Noctambule
Wednesday May 7 & 8 - Martin Hayes - SOLD OUT!
Wednesday May 15 - Josephine County
Wednesday May 22 - Rose Clancy
Wednesday May 29 - Castlebay
Wednesday June 5 - Fódhla
Wednesday June 12 - Kaitlin Finley, Will Woodson & Junior Stevens - CD Release!
Wednesday June 19 - Side by Each (Don & Cindy Roy, Erica Brown, Matt Shipman)
Wednesday June 26 - Kevin McElroy
Wednesday July 3 - Liz and Dan Faiella
Wednesday July 10 - Matt Christian and Max Carmichael
Wednesday July 17- Grey Larsen
Wednesday July 24- Vacationland Ceili Band
Wednesday July 31 - Ship in the Clouds (Laura Feddersen, Nathan Gourley, Anna Colliton, Natasha Sheehy) 


Upcoming Events

Irish Session

Wednesday, July 6th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Thursday, July 7th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, July 7th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Showmen’s Rest

Thursday, July 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Bird at Sea

Friday, July 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jake Klar

Friday, July 8th

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.