Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present two mid-May concerts: the Spinney Brothers Thursday, May 13; and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings Friday, May 14. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

The Spinney Brothers, from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, features Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Mumford. Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound. The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers’ musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavored bluegrass music. First generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present. Tickets are $10.

Somewhere beyond or behind all musical borders lies a creative terrain where bluegrass, jazz, classical, pop and various world musics mingle, played by musicians who care more for inspiration than they do for genre. If that place has a name, it is surely the Republic of Strings for no one knows its contours better than veteran Darol Anger and a constantly developing population of young excellent string players including Mike Block, Scott Law and Lauren Rioux. Drawing from an array of sources that includes bluegrass, Celtic and Appalachian musics, Ornette Coleman, Scandinavian string bands, Aretha Franklin and the quartet’s own members, the group documents a unique intergenerational exchange. Tickets are $15.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre are Duane Andrews and Dwayne Cote, who combine traditional Newfoundland music with Gypsy jazz, Thursday, May 20 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.