Winter Music Series: Owen Kennedy and Ben Foss
April 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Fiddler Owen Kennedy and multi-instrumentalist Ben Foss play a selection of traditional New England favorites: energetic contradance tunes on guitar and fiddle, close harmony twin fiddling, and a classic waltz or two. They will also share tunes from Scotland and Scandinavia, a couple of originals, and a song or two. This young duo has been entertaining the Maine Fiddle Camp crowd for years, bringing fresh energy and fun arrangements sure to charm an audience of all ages. Owen’s debut album “Oh When: Now” will be available for purchase.
Join Owen Kennedy and Ben Foss in April for a delightful concert. This lunchtime concert offers a welcome midday break in the relaxed atmosphere of the Farnsworth’s library. and includes snacks and coffee, plus free admission to the museum following the performance.
Maine fiddler Owen Kennedy is an award-winning fiddler rooted in the Maine Maritime tradition and immersed in his growing passion for Scottish music, splitting time between Maine and Cape Breton where he’s studying Gaelic culture and music. In addition to winning the Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and the New England Open Scottish Fiddle Competition, Owen was awarded the Young Stars of Maine “Glenn Jenks Future in Music” Prize and was selected for “Best of All Things Irish” from the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Owen’s debut album, “Oh When: Now” recorded with Owen Marshall, came out in 2023 and he is currently wrapping up a solo project, 50 Fiddlers from 50 States, available on YouTube. For more information on Owen and upcoming events, go to www.fiddlerokennedy.com.
Benjamin Foss is a musician and luthier based near Belfast, Maine. Benjamin grew up in southern New England attending and playing for contra dances and building fiddles and banjos out of everything he could find. He is passionate about continuing the traditions of New England tunes, songs and dances and is always excited to share tunes and knowledge with the people around him. Benjamin plays in several contra dance combinations on fiddle, guitar, tenor banjo, and on rare occasions can be found calling dances. Benjamin has taught at many music camps and weekends and also teaches private lessons, both in person and online. When he’s not playing, he’s building and restoring guitars, banjos and mandolins in Brooks.
Listen to a sample of Owen and Ben performing together here.
Cost: $20; $18 for members; students 17 and over $10 ; children 16 and younger are free