Ceilidh Briscoe and Terry Boyle are performing at the Ladysmith First United Church on Friday night. (Submitted Photo)

Terry Boyle performing at Ladysmith First United Church

The Ladysmith First United Church will be ringing with the delightful sounds of Celtic folk music on Friday night as local musician Terry Boyle entertains audiences with songs from his latest album.

A teacher with the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District, Boyle’s third and most recent album is entitled ‘Life’s Too Short’ and features fiddler Ceilidh Briscoe, who has just returned from two years of touring with Riverdance.

The track list are songs which are reflections on Boyle’s own past experiences (Life’s Too Short”, “Suddenly I Knew”), thoughts on how people deal with situations in their lives (“Loop”, “Look at Yourself”) and songs that recall events both recent and historical (“No Greater Love”, “Running Away to China”).

“Often there’s just a random flow of thoughts influenced by a chord sequence, a phrase which captures my imagination or simply a happy mistake when I’m experimenting with a particular tuning. It might be all, some, or none of theses things and I might give a different answer tomorrow,” he said.

Boyle’s first album, “Doolin” is a collection of traditional folk songs, recorded in Dublin, Ireland, when I lived in Doolin, Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland.

He followed that up with a collection of original songs with the title self-titled album ‘Terry Boyle.’

Tickets for Friday’s show can be purchased from Salamander Books and the church office and are $20 for adults and $10 for anyone 16 and under.

”I think people will enjoy the variety of music in the performance. There will be a mixture of traditional Celtic folk songs, many songs from the new CD, as well as Celtic reels and jigs. Fiddler Ceilidh Briscoe, from Victoria, has spent the last two years touring with Riverdanceand is such an excellent musician. I’m really excited to have her perform with me.”

For those who would like to hear us but can’t make it on Friday, we have a house concert on Saturday, Nov. 24, off Departure Bay Road in Nanaimo. Contact Christine at 250-756-0543 to book a seat.

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