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The Backyard Devils coming to Skye
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Music New Brunswick will present The Backyard Devils at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in So. Carthage on Wednesday, May 22 and at Phillips Area Community Center in Phillips on Thursday, May 23. Curtain is 7 p.m.
Music NB will be sponsoring the showcase tours in Maine with NECA and will present several artist at the upcoming Crossroads International Celtic Festival on September 11-15. The series has been in the works for well over three years between Skye Theatre director Phill McIntyre and Jean Surette director of Music NB. The showcases will seek to enhance the cultural ties between the two boarder regions. Several concerts will be presented throughout Maine and NH over the next several months culminating in a strong Music NB presence at Crossroads in September. Artists will include The Backyard Devils; Kathleen Gorey-McSorley; Les hay Babies; Pascal LeJeune; and Samantha Robishaud.
Fancy isn’t a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The Backyard Devils. They're simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well blended mix of country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they’re playing old styles they have managed to put their own twist to it.
When lead singer Erik Arsenault made a decision to move back to his hometown after a four-year stay in the mountains of Alberta, big brother Remi flew west, and on the long drive home, the brothers laid down the foundation for The Backyard Devils. A dirty country and bluegrass band that would cater to young and old. From punk rockers to country and bluegrass fans. The brothers recruited Chris Belliveau, a talented and highly demanded guitar player with a love for roots music and Dillon Robicheau, a seasoned bluegrass mandolin and banjo player out of Nova Scotia to help create the vision. With a swinging guitar rhythm, doghouse bass slaps, smashing guitar solos and lightning quick banjo and mandolin lines, The BackYard Devils managed to hammer down their own sound in an old fashion style, just like the brothers had planned.
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Dr. off Winter Hill Road and Rt. 2 in South Carthage.
The Phillips Area Community Center is located at 21 Depot St. in Phillips. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445.