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Mary Jane Lamond offers a perfect example of how folk culture is passed on and evolves. Although she grew up in Quebec and Ontario, as a youngster Lamond spent summer vacations visiting her grandparents in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where she acquired a love for the Scottish traditions still practiced there. While in college, Lamond recorded her first album, which consisted entirely of traditional Gaelic songs. Her second release, Suas E (Wicklow/BMG) keeps the focus on Lamond’s Gaelic background, but the arrangements are more modern, with her sweet and soulful voice surrounded by electric bass, keyboards, drums, and guitars along with bagpipes and fiddle. But whereas other Anglo-Celtic fusion artists funk and rock up their material, Lamond gives an authentic (yet contemporary) presentation of her Gaelic heritage without any gimmicksthe songs are just a little louder than they would have been centuries ago. With Veda Hille at 9 p.m. at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $7.50. (703) 522-8340. (Ken Roseman)