Friends and fellow musicians will show their support for Celtic musician and visual artist Chris Gray (right) and his musical parents, Jim and Beckie Gray of Southwest Harbor, at a benefit concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Benefit concert being held for musical family

ELLSWORTH — Fiddler Gus La Casse, Celtic harpist Daryne Rockett, Sonas band members Jennifer and Josh Torrance and Nancy Neff, piano-accordionist Chris Brinn and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Morgan will converge at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at The Grand to play Celtic music. The concert is being held to support the Gray family of Southwest Harbor.

The Grays’ life revolves around Celtic music. Beckie plays the Irish drum, the bodhran, Jim is a percussionist and string-instrument player while the couple’s son Chris is a Great Highland bagpiper and percussionist who also counts the Uillean pipes and Irish whistle among his instruments. He is an accomplished composer and painter too.

In this recently completed painting, Chris Gray captures The Salty Dog Gallery’s live music scene featuring the various musicians who perform there and regulars among the audience.

A series of medical issues has required the Grays to make frequent trips to Boston for specialty care.

Accompanying the “Amazing Grays Celtic Concert” will be a visual art show featuring the paintings of Chris Gray and works by Rosanne Barnes, Jeff Morgan, Daryne Rockett, and Beth Whitney of Jersey City, N.J.

Admission is by donation and can be paid in the form of cash or personal checks at the door. Checks should be made payable to James Gray.

For more information, contact Heather MacLeod at 991-2828 or [email protected].



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