The Colin Grant Band, featured performers at last year’s Maine Celtic Celebration, will perform Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Far from the awkward malaise of Mohawked bagpipers and kilted punks, the Colin Grant Band has created a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Steely Dan and Yes as it is Ashley MacIsaac. A trad trio comprised of fiddler Grant with Jason Roach on piano and Darren MacMullen on bouzouki, mandolin, guitar and banjo has hooked up with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese on bass and drums to produce a fervent yet calculated rhythm that backs an expressively diverse range of tunes.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at Next up at Unity College Centre will be singer/songwriter Ian Sherwood Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. ($15). For more information call 948-7469 or visit the website.

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