Mar 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Cantrip – Saturday March 22, 7:30 PM
The Annalivia Duo opens.
Reserved: Adults $20 advance, $25 day of show; students $10
“Cantrip must have one of the strongest group personalities on the folk circuit. Their presentation is all energy as they channel modern swoops and slides of sound into the traditional repertoire. Their music comes from wild landscapes and wild places of the spirit.” – The Orcadian
Cantrip is a trio of Scottish traditional musicians that has been stunning audiences on several sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with its driving blend of fiddle (Jon Bews), bagpipes (Dan Houghton), and guitar (Eric McDonald). The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. From the strong base of its Celtic roots their music branches out into, and takes influences from, the music of other European cultures. Originally formed as a quartet in Edinburgh, eleven years of evolution have yielded an extensively diverse and ever growing catalogue. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes the audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.
Since its inception Cantrip has performed at festivals, clubs, bars, weddings, funerals, stonings and various other events and venues in Breizh, the People’s Republic of Vermont, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of Maine, the Territory of Tennessee, the Dominion of Virginia. the Duchy of New York, the Principality of Massachusetts, The Kingdom of the Angle, Le Royaume des Francs, Poblacht na hÉireann and, of course, Alba bheadarach (Scotland). The band released its first album "Silver" on the Footstompin’ label in 2001. In 2005 the long awaited second album Boneshaker issued forth on the Mischief label, followed by "Piping the Fish" in 2008. After a period of hiatus in which some children were born and continents were left for other ones, Cantrip was joined by guitarist and mandolinist Eric McDonald, and is now in the process of preparing for their highly anticipated fourth album. Look for Cantrip wherever there is excitement, music, love and liquor.The Annalivia Duo opens for Cantrip. At the cutting edge of acoustic and traditional music, Annalivia fuses old and new world sounds to create an authentic new sound, both steeped in tradition and alive with new energy, innovation and originality. Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen are masterful players and singers, and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, and Old Time. Their unique style has a distinctly American flavor, yet with the detail, precision and energy of their bluegrass and Celtic backgrounds.
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