Music will be front and centre at Sherbrooke Village once again this summer as an expanded concert season begins on Monday, June 5, at the Sherbrooke Courthouse. Musician and folklorist Clary Croft will return to his hometown to launch the 2006 season and a new “First Monday” series of all-acoustic concerts. He will be joined by local folk group the Sherbrooke Trio. Sherbrooke programmers say they will present the village’s most ambitious and eclectic concert schedule, thanks to support from the Cultural Activities Program of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture. In addition to the First Monday series, the traditional Thursday courthouse concert series will continue to feature a mixture of emerging and established artists in the folk, traditional, roots and Celtic genres. Not all the talent will be homegrown. Two folk acts from Denmark will be the featured entertainers in the First Monday series concert on July 3. Haugaard and Høirup, a fiddle and guitar duo, and Karen and Helene, an a capella vocal duo, will perform in Sherbrooke after participating in weekend performances in Canso at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. The First Monday concert in August will feature the Petric-Forget Duo, with Joseph Petric on accordion and Normand Forget on oboe. The internationally acclaimed duo will perform a program which includes Bach, Telemann, Rameau, and Persichetti. This concert is part of the Musique Royals series. The Thursday concert series, now entering its ninth year, will begin June 23 with a Ceilidh featuring Roly and Ellie Burton, and Bob MacDonald. The following week, on June 30, Canada’s international folk ambassador Valdy, will return to Sherbrooke for his sixth appearance at the Courthouse. July 6 will mark the Sherbrooke debut of East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominee and Maritime Fiddle Champion Samantha Robichaud. This New Brunswick-based performer is also a rising star in the songwriting world and has had one of her songs declared a second place winner in the 2004 International Songwriting Competition. Multi-ECMA award-winning performers Birch Mountain Bluegrass will make their fourth Courthouse concert appearance on July 13. On July 20 the Ceilidh at the courthouse returns, and the July schedule closes out with a country/gospel duet concert featuring Gary Jordan and Lisa Hallett. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to First Monday events is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, while Thursday night concerts are $8 general admission. For more information call 1-888-743-7845, or visit the website at www.sherbrookevillage.ca .