An Dro to brings world beat sound to Onekama Concert in the Park

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ONEKAMA — The musical group An Dro, featuring Celtic-based, globally-infused, world-beat music, will perform for Monday’s Portage Lake Association Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. at the Onekama Village Park.

An Dro is a union of four seasoned instrumentalists who play a blend of traditional and original melodies from across the globe, reaching back to the past with an eye to the present and the future. They play traditional Irish melodies, medieval French songs, Breton dance tunes, Scandinavian refrains, Appalachian influences, Arabic rhythms and African grooves.

The band takes their name An Dro from a folk dance of Brittany where the dancers link fingers as they move in a spiral line dance. An Dro translates literally as “The Turn” and is an apt description of music that is alive and ever changing. An Dro released their first recording project, “The Turn”, in May 2009. Their second CD, “Tribe,” was released in July, 2011.

Carolyn Koebel (percussion), Michele Venegas (fiddle), Jim Spalink (hurdy-gurdy/bouzouki) and Fred Willson (mandolin/guitar) produce the eclectic sound of An Dro.

Monday Night Concerts in the Park are sponsored by the Portage Lake Association, a volunteer organization that works to make the Onekama area a more pleasant place in which to live, play and stay.

Upcoming concerts in the series include the Blue Shadow Group on Aug. 6, Peter, Paul & Mary tribute featuring Jim Hawley on Aug. 13; and Blue Coast Quintet on Aug. 20. More information on the concerts and other Onekama events is available at the website www.Onekama.info.

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