The Squid Jiggers, a Maine-based folk duo comprising inveterate musician/entertainers Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett, will perform Saturday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Belfast Breeze Inn & Music by the Bay, 192 Northport Ave.

The duo took their name from the A.R. Scammell song “Squid Jigging Ground,” a wonderful musical depiction of fishing for squid in the waters off Newfoundland. The Squid Jiggers combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhran and tin whistles to lay down a thunderous musical base for their robust vocal harmonies.

Rowe grew up on the Maine music scene, learning the music trade literally at the feet of his late father, Tom, while the elder Rowe was traveling the country playing bass guitar with Schooner Fare. Starting out as a young roadie and coffee go-fer for his dad, Dave Rowe began playing out professionally as a bassist at age 15 and hasn’t had a “real job” since. In The Squid Jiggers, he comes full circle, picking up his dad’s trademark Steinberger bass guitar and playing many of the songs he used to hear Schooner Fare perform so many years ago

Bennett grew up collecting Schooner Fare ticket stubs and albums. He started his professional career touring with the Portland trad band, then adopted the gypsy life, traveling Europe with his guitar, collecting stories and busking on street corners. He eventually buckled down, studying Anglo-Irish literature at University College Galway and the University of Southern Maine. On his return to the states, he started a Celtic duo called Bailey’s Mistake, as well as the Half Moon Jug Band.

The performance is part of the Saturday Dinner Show series. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the dinner is at 6 p.m. Dinner shows are $25 per person with a set menu, which can be checked out online each week; admission for just the performance is $10. The inn also has a weekly Tuesday Jazz Supper Club, a Sunday Brunch ‘n’ Jazz and other events; for more information, call 505-5231 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or