Highland Rovers bring Irish, rock tunes to Huntington Green tonight

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The Highland Rovers (Photo from the band’s website)

The Highland Rovers will perform Irish and rock tunes tonight during the Music Under the Stars concert at the Huntington Green in Shelton.

The outdoor show, free and open to the public, takes place from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. In case of inclement weather, call 203-331-4120 to find out if the performance will go on as scheduled.

People are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the Green. Food trucks and nearby food establishments also will be available.

The performance is part of a weekly summer concert series by the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department.

 

‘Upbeat and danceable music’

For more than 16 years, the Highland Rovers have played at Irish pubs, theaters, casinos, festivals, clubs and private functions — including Shea Stadium — throughout the New York metropolitan area and along the Eastern seaboard.

The music group fuses popular rock, bagpipes, fiddle and vocal harmonies. The band’s “multi-layered, upbeat and danceable music showcases their universal, appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor,” according to the band’s website (highlandrovers.com).

 

Have performed with many headliners

The Highland Rovers have performed with top Irish artists such as the Saw Doctors, Young Dubliners, The Wolfetones, Tommy Makem and The Spain Brothers, Derrick Warfield, Bad Haggis, and The Prodigals. Band members also have performed numerous shows with their longtime friends and mentors, the Marshall Tucker Band

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Band member Tom Portera (Photo by Stacey McCarthy, from the band’s website)

The band has produced five albums, with its most current CD being, “Live … From County Fairfield.”

Band members include:

— Tom Portera (vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, flute and harmonica)

— Jimmy Cyr (vocals, electric mandolin, acoustic mandolin and acoustic guitar)

— Colleen Filush (vocals, fiddle and acoustic guitar)

— Al Natale (vocals, electric bass, acoustic bass and acoustic guitar)

— Michael Ryan (drums, percussion and bodhran)

 

Remaining shows in series

The 2013 Music Under the Stars concert series is presented by the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department, with the support of private sponsors.

The performances are each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Concerts are free and take place on the Huntington Green. People are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic food.

In case of inclement weather, call 203-331-4120 to find out if the performance will take place. If canceled, they usually will take place the following evening (Thursday).

 

Aug. 14

Lynn Lewis and Friends

(children’s show from 5:45-6:45)

Fools on the Hill

(main performance at 7)

Aug. 21

Midnight Rodeo

Aug. 28

Little Big Band

 

 

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