PHIPPSBURG — Acts as varied as a bluegrass duo and a Celtic harpist will celebrate Christmas in “Twas On A Night Like This: A Christmas Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phippsburg Congregational Church.

The program of traditional and original songs will be performed by bluegrass duo April and Bill Jubett; Celtic harpist Danielle Paus, and award-winning singer-songwriters Lisa Redfern and Jud Caswell.

April and Bill Jubett play and sing with the first generation of bluegrass music in mind. Having met at a bluegrass festival in 2006, the married couple has been singing high lonesome harmonies together ever since.

Before moving to Phippsburg two years ago, they lived in New Hampshire and played with Hot Mustard, a Vermont-based bluegrass band. They have played key New England bluegrass festivals like Boston Bluegrass Union’s Joe Val Festival, Strawberry Park, Jenny Brook, Ossipee Valley, Pemi Valley, and Kentucky’s Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival.

Danielle Paus is a classically trained harpist who is a member of the applied music faculty at Colby College. The daughter of a classical harpist, Paus started playing the harp at an early age. She has toured both as a solo artist and with the Celtic flute and harp duo “Naia.” She has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” and in 2013 released her album “Siren Song,” which features modern arrangements of traditional Celtic music.

Danielle Paus, a Celtic harpist, offers traditional harp music to the holiday concert in Phippsburg. Courtesy photo

Paus plays a 34-string Celtic harp made in Scotland of American cherry wood and Bavarian spruce. The ancestor of the modern classical concert harp, the Celtic harp is the traditional instrument played in Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Scandinavia.

Lisa Redfern is an award-winning singer-songwriter with 11 solo recordings to her credit. Her songs reflect her roots in folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, jazz and swing. She has also added her voice to dozens of other artists’ projects and song compilations and has opened for many notables, including Pete Seeger, Dave Mallett, The Roches, and Livingston Taylor.

She has played key Maine venues including One Longfellow Square, Blue, Portland House of Music, Frontier, and Slates.

Jud Caswell is a lifelong musician, but it wasn’t until he got to college that he sold his saxophone to buy an acoustic guitar, switched majors from physics to music, and set out to write his own songs. By 2008, he had made a name for himself on the national folk circuit, playing folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and winning some of the best songwriting contests in the country. He has appeared at iconic venues like Nashville’s Bluebird and Cambridge’s Club Passim and celebrated festivals across the country.

While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.
Homemade refreshments at intermission will add to the warmth of the holiday show, which will be performed in the sanctuary of the historic 1802 church.

Tickets are $15 at the door, students $8. $12 advance tickets are available at Children under 8 free.

Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 389-1770.