Redding will draw from a repertoire of about 50 songs for his concert. "I learned them from old records that my father had," he said. "He was Irish, and his records were from the old country."
"You won't hear 'Danny Boy' or any of the New Celtic-type songs popular on 'Thistle and Shamrock,'" Redding said. "These songs are more like our American roots music, folk songs that are so old and in the culture that they don't have known authors."
A native of Clarence in upstate New York, Redding has been living in Greenville for 25 years. He has a lifelong interest in folk music and in recent years has been a serious student of blues, especially the Piedmont style of fingerpicking.
Redding, who plays guitar, will be joined in this celebration for St. Patrick's Day by his friend Mike Hamer on hammer dulcimer. Special guest performers will include Sue Luddeke singing and Melody Maxwell playing fiddle.
Bill Redding's Irish music concert will begin at 7 p.m.; admission is $3. For further information, call 252-749-3228.