March to May — the modern folk duo of Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals) and Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals) — will perform Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets are $15, $10 for students.

Seattle-based March to May began under unusual circumstances in late December 2012. The musical spark between Guyaz and Wesche arose around a roaring beach bonfire along a remote section of the Washington coast. Neither of them had realized the musical potential they shared when they first met but once the spark hit, it didn't take long for them to catch fire. By March 2013, they had co-written their first two songs; by April they had a paid gig under their belts; and by May they had a name and shows booked out into the months ahead.

Two years and more than 80 shows later, they released their critically acclaimed debut EP, “The Water’s Edge,” during a sold-out show on a historic steamship. Their sound has drawn comparisons to The Civil Wars, Damien Rice, the Swell Season, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; and their single “Embers” topped Yallwire’s charts for 10 straight weeks.

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