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Colin Grant Band returns
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts will present the Colin Grant Band at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Tuesday, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, July 13, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, July 14, and at Fisherman's Wharf Inn, Boothbay Harbor on Friday, July 15.
Curtain at the Franco Center and Skye is 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Unity. There will be two shows at FWI at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Pre-show jam sessions at Skye and Unity start one hour prior to curtain.
Lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk, Colin Grant embarks on his latest project: a dynamic and thoughtful mingling of beats and melodies from an extensive host of musical influences. Far from the awkward malaise of mohawked bag-pipers and kilted punks, the Colin Grant Band has created a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Steely Dan and Yes, as it is Ashley MacIsaac.
Hard-driving but clean, lively and passionate, traditional yet original; Colin Grant’s fiddle playing has stepped to the forefront of the East Coast traditional music scene – and people are sitting up and taking notice. Although most at home with traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, his versatility as both a lead and side musician has given him experiences in a variety of traditional styles, in addition to folk, rock and country genres. Besides having received an ECMA nomination for Roots/Traditional Solo Album of the Year for his self-titled debut album, Grant has performed in the United States, France, China, and Indonesia while juggling full-time studies in education at Université Sainte-Anne. Now a graduate, he recently cranked out his second full-length album entitled “Fun for the Whole Family” to kick-start 2010 with controlled abandon.
With a Trad trio comprised of the amazing Jason Roach on piano, and embarrassingly talented Darren MacMullen (bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, banjo) Grant hooked up with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese on bass and drums. Together, the group produces a fervent yet calculated rhythm that backs an expressively diverse range of tunes.
While the lively sound never strays too distantly from its Celtic roots, the Colin Grant Band has found an open ear in everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers.
Colin has just released his second full-length album, Fun For the Whole Family—a highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Colin Grant solo debut.
The Franco American Heritage Center is located on 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston, 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 and Fisherman's Wharf Inn* is at 22 Commercial St. in Boothbay Harbor. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations call FAHC at 783-1585, or Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469 or Fisherman's Wharf Inn at 800-628-6872. Reservations are strongly suggested at all four venues.
*Fisherman's Wharf Inn is a dinner concert. Tickets are $25.