Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Canadian Celtic music duo Jim & Fergus Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Jim Payne is from Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, and has been a professional performing artist and writer for 19 years. Long known as a leading performer and collector of Newfoundland traditional music, he also is one of the province’s most prolific songwriters, working in several genres. Payne has directed, composed and performed music for some of the most popular theater productions of the past two decades, as well as creating soundtracks for plays, documentaries and videos. He has performed extensively on radio and television in Canada and abroad and has toured throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Fergus O’Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in 1967. While living in Toronto, he became a founding member of the Irish folk band Ryan’s Fancy. In 1971, the group moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland. During the next 14 years, O’Byrne toured extensively throughout North America and Ireland as part of the trio.

As a member of Ryan’s Fancy, O’Byrne has been featured on many television shows throughout his career including the very popular CBC. series “Ryan’s Fancy,” which ran as a national series for five years. Since pursuing a solo career, he has continued to appear on both television and radio. He is featured in the CBC TV production of “The Last Run,” which is part of the Newfoundland curriculum for Music (Exploring Music) at the intermediate level.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre is The Press Gang, a bold new entry into New England’s traditional music scene, Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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