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Maine legend Denny Breau at Skye
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts, in collaboration with Saltwater Celtic Festival, will present Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014 Tour at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in So. Carthage on Wednesday, and at St. Kieran's Art Center in Berlin, NH on Thursday.
Curtain is 7 p.m. in all locations.
In the official words of the Congress: "The road to the 2014 World Acadian Congress will lead toward a rediscovery of our roots, allowing each of us to recapture our Acadian heritage. Beyond the borders that we share, northwestern New Brunswick, Northern Maine (USA), and the Temiscouata region of Quebec are united by our shared history and family ties." To this end a showcase tour of Acadian performers has been assembled to bring the tradition of story in song and soulful presentation. Three artists will perform in Maine and NH with an additional six performances in Canada.
Maine's roots are clearly Scots; Irish; and Acadian. Saltwater Celtic Festival will be hosting three of these events in partnership with Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center as satellite events for the upcoming Saltwater Celtic Festival held at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick on July 20-21. Acadian and Celtic music have their roots firmly planted in the same soil and the genre's have crossed paths and influenced each other for centuries.
Maine legend Denny Breau's rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing and stunning things with a six-string guitar. He first draws in an audience with a finely arranged melody and then slides effortlessly into scorching finger work that sets ears aflame. The lighting fast guitar lines that seem almost humanly impossible to accomplish are balanced with those that have a quiet intimacy and wrap tenderly around his carefully crafted songs.
Acadian singer songwriter Pascal Lejeune has released his 3rd CD, Le bruit des machines in July 2012. Highly anticipated on the francophone music scene and definitely more rock than its predecessors, this third album shows an important musical turning point for this artist from Pointe-Verte in northern NB.
Patrice Michaud was born in 1980 in Cap-Chat, in Quebec's Gaspé region. When music finally entered the picture, Michaud started singing songs, telling stories and writing about everything he saw - and then some. Left with $8.75 in his bank account after a four-month European jaunt, he was invited to tell a story (the only one he had formally completed at the time) at the 2004 Gala Culturel Gaspésien, and ended up taking part in the region's signal pop music event, the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, in 2008.
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. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445, St. Kieran’s Community Center is at 155 Emery St., Berlin, NH. Ticket price is $15.