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March 16, 2014

One of the South’s premier Celtic bands to perform free concert Monday

— Known for their soft finger-picked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri’s Notions — regarded as one of the South’s premier Celtic bands — will be in Athens on Monday.

The event, sponsored by the Livingston Concert Series at Athens State University, will begin at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sandridge Student Center and is free to the public. No reservations are required.

Henri’s Notions, who have educated and inspired audiences for more than 30 years, have been said to create a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music while their own compositions have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage.

The Notions, who play the music of Scotland, Ireland and Early America, have said they draw from a “broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of the fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, ringing mandolin and bouzouki, five-string banjo, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion and driving bass.”

The Notions are made up of Jil Chambless on lead vocals, flute and whistle; Michael Bowman, fiddle and vocals; Scooter Muse, guitar and five-string banjo; Randy Palmer on bass, bodhran and vocals; Mark Lanter, percussion and vocals; and Jason Bailey, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals.

They have toured in the Southern and Eastern United States and worked countless concerts and festivals appearing with folk icons like Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio and David Grisman Quintet as well as top Celtic acts like The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O’Brien, Brian McNeill and others.

Some of the bands influences include Bothy Band, Altan, Dervish, Brian McNeill and Ed Miller.

To find out more, call 256-233-8296. For more information on Henri’s Notions visit http://www.henrisnotions.com.

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