Free Celtic concert
in Hamilton park July 26

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Concerts in the Park presents the Boston-based Long Time Courting, an all-women Irish band that "are true masters of their craft on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

This summer the Hamilton concerts celebrate musical styles that have dance forms. The beginning of this concert will be accompanied by Irish step dance demonstration.

Long Time Courting is known for its rich, soaring four-part vocal arrangements and high-energy dance tunes. The band brings together the talents of Sarah Blair on fiddle/vocals, Liz Simmons on guitar/vocals, Shannon Heaton on flute/vocals and Valerie Thompson on cello/vocals. Their musical fusion shares elements of traditional Irish, Scottish and American folk music as well as contemporary material that is inventively arranged and skillfully rendered.

Fiddler Magazine said "Sarah Blair is simply a great fiddler. Her combination of grit and control makes for music with drive, lift, and a compelling earthiness."

Dirty Linen Magazine describes Liz Simmons’ ability, "A honey-voiced singer. . .Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling."

Band member Shannon Heaton has drawn this praise: "Shannon’s voice is the sun: remarkably light yet powerful, reminiscent of the 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey...Shannon’s flawless flute playing adds another layer of lightness..." -Molly Snyder,

Rain location: Barge Canal Coffee House on Lebanon Street.