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Too Blue: Branford Folk concert Saturday at church

May 1, 2019

Americana on the Shoreline, anyone? The Branford Folk Music Society has a strings version in its 45th anniversary season finale, sounding a bluegrass note with the region’s own Too Blue on Saturday, May 11 in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church on the Branford Green.

Moving between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue performance is a dose of serious musical fun, says a Branford Folk release. Harmony and adventurous musicianship bring the arrangements to life.

Too Blue features the flat-picking guitar style of Betsy Rome, one of the few female performers in the demanding style of flat picking.

Rome’s vocals blend seamlessly with award-winning banjo player Joan Harrison to create the signature sound of the group, which was founded in 1995.

Rounding out the ensemble are veteran mandolinist Michael Sassano and Jamie Doris, a bassist who is equally at home in bluegrass, jazz or Latino music.

First Congregational Church, 1009 Main St., Branford. Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m. $20-$5. 203-488-7715. branfordfolk.org