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Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105The 2013 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues its weekly summer series with a performance of Norwegian and Irish music by NØÍR. The free concert takes place Thursday, August 8 from 6:30-7:15 in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park garden (33 William Street). In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors. The Thursday Evenings in the Park concerts take place each week during the summer, with the last concert taking place on August 29.
NØÍR is literally a blending of Norwegian and Irish music. NØÍR emerged from the vibrant folk scene of Southeastern MA in 2010. Centered around the admiration each musician has for regional European roots music, NØÍR sought to create a unique sound by combining the Norwegian hardanger fiddle (Hardingfele), Irish fiddle, and Irish uilleann pipes. This new voice, combined with solid rhythmic underpinnings of the bouzouki and guitar, breathes new life into the enduring melodies of their respective traditions. The members of NOIR are Mark Oien (fiddle & hardanger), Torrin Ryan (uilleann pipes, pronounced ILLIN), and Stuart Peak (guitar & bouzouki).New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-3 PM. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe, or visit the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NBWNHP