Waterfront Series bring Irish folk music, dance to King Park on September 1st

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On Saturday, September 1st, the last free concert in this year’s Waterfront series will be a mini-Irish festival featuring RI-based Irish traditional artists.  The festivities are scheduled from 2 pm – 6 pm.

A gazebo concert and dance with The Exiles (2pm) with former members of RI’s longstanding Pendragon folk ensemble and featuring National Heritage Award-winning dancer Kevin Doyle from Barrington;  RI master fiddler Sheila Falls Duo (3pm); and the Copley Street Quartet (4pm) from Boston with uilleann piper Joey Abarta and Irish dancer Jaclyn O’Riley.  A participatory Ceili dance continues until 6 pm.   Free.

Preceding the concert from 1-2pm, the URI Master Gardeners offer a free lecture “Gardening Along the Waterfront” with best practices for sustainable gardening, located at the King Park Pavilion near the newly installed Rain Garden.

Lawn seating, bring chair or blanket.  King Park offers beaches, shade trees, harbor walk, boat pier, playground, gardens, BBQ pavilion, and restrooms.  Leashed doggies are welcome.

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The concert is weather dependent.  Check Waterfront Concerts at King Park or Newport Friends of the Waterfront on Facebook and Instagram, or call Newport Rec Dept., 401-845-5800.

Sponsored by the City of Newport and Friends of the Waterfront, made possible by support from the Isham Family Fund.


Photo: Traditional dancer and master of Irish step dance, Kevin Doyle, of Barrington won the prestigious 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Award in Irish dance.

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