Bob Webb will return to the Åarhus concert series, this time with his talented musical partner Dave Peloquin, Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St.

Last year, Webb bedazzled a standing-room-only audience with masterful playing of solo banjo tunes and songs featuring five unique banjos from his collection. This concert will be quite different.

Mining old phonograph records for gold is the current joy of Peloquin of Windsor and Webb of Phippsburg. They have been singing traditional folk songs for more than 40 years. Two years ago, they discovered their common interest in the earliest commercial recordings of folk and Country Western artists. The result of their collaboration is a compact disc album, “Sounds Like Old Times,” which will be debuted at the gallery concert.

Peloquin and Webb take a faithful, but retro look at commercially recorded rural music from the 1920s to the early 1950s including songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Alton and Rabon Delmore of the Delmore Brothers, Woody Guthrie, the Mississippi Sheiks and Hank Williams. Using guitars, five-string banjo and occasionally a mandolin, they offer a new sound that is actually decades old. They sing songs for good times and hard times that honor, without slavishly recreating recordings they and their parents and grandparents once enjoyed on 78-rpm records.

Both men are seasoned presenters. Each has performed solo, as well as in a variety of musical groups. They are well-known around New England and in Europe for their presentations of traditional music of the sea.

“We enjoy singing and teaching about songs under sail. But we’re playing a different sort of music. It was astonishing to discover that Dave and I share a real affection for early rural recordings. We’ve been listening to those songs, separately, since the 1950s,” said Webb.

For more information about the Maine musicians, visit “Sounds Like Old Times” will be available at the concert. A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door, and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the concert, call 338-0001 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to