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Ward MacDonald & Friends at Skye
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts will present Ward MacDonald with Andrea Beaton and Ben Miller in concert at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, and at Phillips Area Community Center on Thursday.
Curtain at Skye and Phillips is 7 p.m. A pre-show jam session begins one hour prior to curtain at Skye and Phillips.
PEI Fiddle Camp founder Ward MacDonald will be in Maine April 27-28 with several of the instructors of the popular fiddle camp. They will be conducting two full days of workshops for adults and students from all over Maine at Skye Theatre Performing
Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. Classes in fiddle, Scottish pipes, piano, flute, and whistles are offered and information can be found on the PEI Fiddle Camp website http://peifiddlecamp.com.
Spend an evening with fiddler Ward MacDonald and get your heart pounding to the fiery dance tunes of Prince Edward Island. Let your mind drift away to the sweet melody of a Scottish air, experience some tunes from here and there, and hear the stories that inspire one to create and share. Ward will be sharing the stage with musical friends Andrea (keyboards) and special guest Ben Miller (Small pipes and Border pipes).
Ward MacDonald grew up in the Scottish fiddling traditions of Prince Edward Island. His playing reflects four generations of family fiddling and is spiced with a unique blend of Cape Breton, Acadian, and Irish influences. As an emerging composer, He has been featured at concerts, festivals, and square dances across Atlantic Canada and has traveled with his music as far as Cuba and the
Bahamas. He has also taught and performed at fiddle camps in New Brunswick, Vermont, Maine, Colorado and the Yukon. Over the last decade, Ward has worked to promote the traditional music scene on Prince Edward Island and develop new performing and learning opportunities.
One of Cape Breton's most promising young fiddlers, Andrea Beaton comes by her music honestly. Listen to her play, the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, the crispness of her attack. She's making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals. Like the compelling tradition she represents, her reputation is growing, spreading beyond the island. Andrea Beaton seems destined for great things.
Ben Miller is a player of Scottish small pipes and Border pipes whose repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, and blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure. He has been an instructor at The Piper's Gathering in Vermont and the Maine Pipes and Fiddle Weekend. Originally from the Lake George area of Upstate New York, Ben is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in Scottish Ethnology in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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 Community Center is located on Depot Street in Phillips. Ticket price is $15 at the door cash or check. For reservations at Skye Theatre call 562-4445, and in Phillips at 639-3717.