Posted: November 28, 2016
John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally, Heather Pierson Jazz Trio, Burns Sister and Turkuaz
Written by: Aimsel Ponti
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The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration featuring John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally
7:30 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
Hear for yourself what happens when a seven-time all-Ireland accordion champion named John Whelan
teams up with American roots band Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally. The Turning of the
Year is a holiday celebration that will include up-tempo jigs, reels and hoedowns with lesser-known
Christmas carols and wintry fiddles. The vocals will be lusty and layered, and it will be a night to
remember of roots music, from here and abroad.
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Heather Pierson Jazz Trio Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
8 p.m. Friday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $18 in advance, $22 day of show. onelongfellowsquare.com
Pianist and singer-songwriter Heather Pierson will be joined by Shawn Nadeau on bass and drummer
Craig Bryan for a show during which you'll hear every song from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" performed
along with other Christmas and not-so Christmas tunes. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" dates back to 1965,
and Vince Guaraldi's beloved compositions include "Linus and Lucy," "Skating," "My Little Drum,"
"Christmas Time Is Here" and "Christmas is Coming." Other songs from the Charles M. Schulz holiday
masterpiece are "The Christmas Song," "What Child is This" and the song that Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus,
Snoopy and the whole gang sing together at the end, "Hark, The Herald Angles Sing." Good grief, don't be
a blockhead; be sure catch this show.
Photo by Ray MacGregor
Burns Sisters Celtic Christmas
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $15 in advance, $18 at the
You'll be showered in Bath by the sweet sounds of Annie and Marie Burns. The Burns Sisters Celtic
Christmas will be an uplifting holiday show by an American folk music group known for glorious harmonies
and a healthy dose of spirit and soul.
Photo by Patrick Burns
Turkuaz with The New Mastersounds
9 p.m. Sunday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $22 day of show, 18-
Turkuaz is a nine-piece, Brooklyn-based pop-rock act that has every intention of slaying you with
its power funk sound on Sunday night. Its latest record is called "Digitonium," and you had best head to
this show prepared to dance, sweat and have your socks entirely knocked off by the rhythm and horn
sections, not to mention the four vocalists, guitar and synths.
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