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Canadian fiddler at Skye
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Music New Brunswick and the Kingfield POPS present Canadian fiddler, Kathleen Gorey-McSorley with Mike Hall at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, June 19 and at Unity College Center for the performing Arts in Unity on Thursday June 20.
Curtain is 7 p.m. A pre-show jam session starts one hour prior to curtain at Skye and Unity.
At only age 17, Kathleen already has international experience having performed in Ireland, Scotland and the USA as well as various parts of Canada. Among her many accomplishments a couple of highlights are competing at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Co. Offaly 2008 and again in Co. Cavan, Ireland in 2010 and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships in Ottawa in both 2009 and 2010. It was also a distinct honour to appear in two concerts with Ashley MacIsaac in January 2010.
Kathleen showcased at “Contact East” in Antigonish in September 2010. She released her second CD “Ceol Binn” (Irish for "Sweet Music") in July 2010. This CD was nominated for an ECMA award as Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year. Kathleen also received two Music New Brunswick nominations for this CD; Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year. She has just completed her first year at the University of Dublin majoring in cultural studies.
Kathleen was featured in Irish Music Magazine's February 2012 issue. "This girl has talent, plenty of it, and her name deserves to be well known far beyond her New Brunswick home. With a full deep tone, her fiddle sounds mature and authoritative. She puts her own stamp on the music." Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine.
Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike Hall was introduced to music by his father, a man with French Acadian roots who had a passion for the subject. By the time he was eight Mike was playing the accordion and getting his first exposure to Celtic music by listening to a variety of Scottish and Irish tunes while developing a French Acadian style to his playing. He received his first fiddle at the age of thirteen and quickly became enamoured with the music of Cape Breton players like Natalie MacMaster, Howie MacDonald, Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert and Ashley MacIsaac, all musicians who had readily available commercial recordings.
It wasn’t until he made his first visit to Cape Breton in 2001 that Mike realized the depth of the culture and sheer volume of the music. This experience drew him back to the island repeatedly, culminating with a permanent move in 2008. For him, Cape Breton is now home. A chance meeting with Cheticamp pianist Jason Roach during his initial visit has lead to engagements across Cape Breton and Mainland Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New England and beyond.
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.
UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity 583-6747. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445, for UCCPA call 948-7469. Ticket price is $15 at the door.