PULLMAN, Wash. — Local folksinger Dan Maher will give a free concert on Glenn Terrell Mall at Washington State University at noon July 5.

His concert is part of the Office of Student Programs’ Music on the Mall summer concert series. In case of rain, the performance will be in the Compton Union Building Lair. The CUB food service will sell barbecued food in conjunction with his performance.

Maher draws heavily on Irish and Scottish music for an upbeat and freewheeling performance. His music is energetic, warm and engaging. Even when singing in an open space like the mall, he strives to create an intimate atmosphere.

He has provided opening acts for the likes of John Prine and The Kingston Trio. Maher has recorded four albums and is working on his fifth.

Maher became involved in the folk music movement when he was in high school in the late 1960s. At that time, he listened to the music of Bob Dylan; Simon and Garfunkel; and Peter, Paul and Mary. When many folk artists followed the commercial route, Maher instead decided to stay with traditional folk.

Maher, a coordinator at the Office of Student Programs, has been involved with many arts festivals in the area during the last 20 years. He is the long-time host of a Saturday morning folk music program, “Inland Folk”, on Northwest Public Radio.