Folk music fans will be just this side of heaven this weekend, with two exceptional folk performances to attend.
On Friday, The Coffee House at Otterbein will present Jane Gillman, Carol Thomas Downing and Catie Curtis in singer/songwriter Round Robin. On Saturday, the Baltimore Folk Music Society will sponsor an Irish concert and dance with music from Billy McComiskey, Carol Ann Hunner and Timothy Britton.
Friday's concert will feature original songs performed by the songwriters, complemented by their instrumental talents.
Gillman, an energetic performer, has a warm voice and performs upbeat, captivating songs. Downing's graceful soprano is equally captivating, and Curtis engages audiences with powerful lyrics and a casual style.
The Coffee House is at 112 W. Conway St., and the performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7 at the door.
On Saturday, traditional Irish music will fill the air at Lovely Lane Church, 2200 St. Paul St., as McComiskey, Hunner and Britton play together.
McComiskey has revolutionized the accordion, both with his creative use of the left hand and with his changes on the instrument itself. His virtuosity has been evident in two winning performances at the Senior All-Ireland Championships, winning once for duets and once for solo accordion.
Hunner will accompany herself on the guitar. She has toured Ireland as well as this country and has collected many traditional songs and styles.
Britton is a master of the rare Villean (i'lan) pipes, wood flute and tin whistle. His skill has earned him a nomination for a "Best of Philadelphia" music award. He has also performed on public radio's "All Things Considered" and "A Prairie Home Companion."
Tickets for the concert, which is presented by The Baltimore Folk Music Society, are $6 for adults, $5 for BFMS members and $3 for children.