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MacDonald on tour at Skye
SO. CARTHAGE -- New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Crossroads International Celtic Festival will present Buddy MacDonald with Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. Curtain is 7 p.m. A jam session will kick off at 6 p.m.
In September 2013, the inaugural Crossroads International Celtic Festival will feature musicians from all over the Celtic world and attract visitors to Oxford County and Franklin Counties. For five days in September, they will become home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Crossroads International Celtic Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the county, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Artists will travel from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Scotland, & Ireland, as well as from across the United States to join the finest of Maine’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers for a lively fall celebration. Buddy MacDonald, Davis, and McMullen will be touring in Maine and NH to launch the announcement of the upcoming festival. Each will be performing at the CICF in September.
Host of Celtic Colours International Celtic Festival's late night Festival Club for the past 16 years, Buddy is a well-known performer in the Celtic genre and a prolific composer with Scots-Galic roots. Although his compositions are in the English language his vast body of work shows the unmistakable roots of his heritage. Buddy has performed with the legendary Tommy Makum and has been featured with Dougie MacLain, David Francy, and James Keelaghan. He is best known for setting to music his keen observation of life lived in the cities and rural parts of Eastern Canada. Audiences warm instantly to his infectious writing style and showmanship.
Rachel Davis will be launching her new CD, “Turns” for the first time in the US. Her masterful Cape Breton technique has brought her much acclaim. She recently performed with the Irish Women's Christmas tour and has she is just returning from and extended tour in Scotland at the Shetland Folk Festival with Coig. A CD launch party will be held at the Skye Theatre event on Wednesday night.
Darren McMullen is no stranger to Maine and has a very loyal following as a very gifted multi-instrumentalist. He received much attention performing at the American Folk Festival in Bangor in 2010. After that event he was gifted a 1929 Gibson Tenor Banjo by the descendants of Bangor native John Fowler... Darren will be performing with the celebrated banjo during this tour. He is one of the busiest musicians in Atlantic Canada performing on numerous CD's and tours regularly with the Rankin Family and song writer David Francy. Darren also plays in the sensational progressive Celtic band Sprag Session and is one of the principals of the five-member roots traditional Cape Breton ensemble Coig.
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 562-4445. Ticket price is $15 at the door. Reservations are strongly suggested.