Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.
From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the U.S., expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.
Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland, sixteen years ago. The band 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 the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship. Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music. He has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. As a U.S. native, Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.
U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Berklee College of Music graduate, Emerald Rae has performed with a wide range of musical artists over the years including the Boston-based Celtic Americana band Annalivia, Irish-American singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan, the pan-Celtic international supergroup The Outside Track, and Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America. The masterfully soulful fiddler’s solo performances also feature her vocals, percussive step-dancing, and multi-instrumental prowess on guitar and Welsh crwth.
Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and Putney Food Co-op in Putney. Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar.
For more information, visit www.cantrip-music.com, www.emeraldrae.com, and www.twilightmusic.org