Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present 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.

The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The result is a sound at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

A soon-to-be-released debut CD will offer a generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage. Joining them at Unity College Centre will be flutist Nicole Rabata on the wooden flute.

There will be a pre-jam session beginning at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with artists or just show up early and enjoy the added attraction.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre is Festival of Small Halls, a Prince Edward Island ensemble offering music and step dancing, Thursday, May 6 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.