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It's easy being green

Local band brings Irish tunes to town

Boys of the Town, a local Irish-folk band, played the Jacob Edwards Library Monday night, March 14. From left, Tim Loftus, playing the bodhrán, John Ebersold, singing and playing the guitar and Hunter Foote, playing the fiddle. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
March 16, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — If you're in an Irish band, this is your week to shine.

The Boys of the Town, a traditional Irish band, performed at the Jacob Edwards Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14. Combining traditional Irish, original and a few cover songs, the trio, which consists of John Ebersold, Tim Loftus, both of Spencer, and Hunter Foote, of Wales, have played all over central Massachusetts, along with western Massachusetts and the north shore.

The week of St. Patrick's Day is the band's biggest of the year. Other than playing at the Jacob Edward's Library this past Monday, they played Tuesday at the Richard Sugden Library in Spencer, Wednesday at the Copper Stallion Pub in Sturbridge and are playing Thursday, St. Patrick's Day, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hibernian Cultural Center at 19 Temple St., Worcester.

John plays the guitar and sings, Hunter plays the fiddle and Tim alternates between playing the flute and bodhrán. Common to Irish music but unknown to most Americans, the bodhrán is a goat-skinned drum where the performer places their non-drumming hand on the back of the drum inside the skin. They can control the tension of the skin, which allows them to control the pitch and timbre by placing their hand against the crossbar.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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