Coig returns to Maine
New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Music Newfoundland will present Coig at Route 27 Arts Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Stratton, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage Wednesday, Aug. 21 and at Phillips Area Community Center in Phillips, Thursday, Aug. 22. Curtain is 7 p.m. at all venues.
The group Coig (“Ko-ick” —Scottish Gaelic for ‘5’), which includes Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis and Jason Roach, will be featured at the world’s largest Irish festival in Milwaukee Aug. 16 thru 19. They will be coming to Maine for several shows upon their return from Milwaukee.
Colin Grant from Sydney, Cape Breton has been touring steadily as a solo performer, as well as with Sprag Session, formerly known as the Colin Grant Band. His respect for traditional style, combined with his drive to take the Celtic fiddle to new places results in an exciting sound that is as much Buddy MacMaster as it is Ashley MacIssac.
Chrissy Crowley, from Margaree, Cape Breton has an impressive list of awards, nominations, and international appearances. She embraces her Celtic roots and makes them her own, through original compositions coupled with contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes.
Rachel Davis from Baddeck, Cape Breton spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home. In a genre that sees many performers pushing the envelope and testing new waters, her style of playing trad tunes in a trad way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard, and is so sought after. She has toured for several years in Maine with Master Cape Breton song-writer and entertainer Buddy MacDonald.
Jason Roach, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton is one of the most impressive piano players on the scene today. With a style all his own, and an unparalleled intensity on the keys, his driving rhythms have made him very popular in Celtic circles both here and abroad.
Darren McMullen, from Hardwoodlands, Nova Scotia, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist. Easily switching between guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo with Coig, this “musical Swiss-army knife” keeps the rhythm sound diverse, and is sure to impress with his lead playing of his various “on-stage weapons.”
Busy solo appearances do not allow these five musicians to play together on the same stage very often; however they jumped at the chance to return to Maine as an ensemble and perform in the region once again.
Route 27 Arts is located at the Stratton-Eustis Community Building, 88 Main Street, Stratton. For reservations, call Route 27 Arts at 264-2300 (answered as Flagstaff Fuel).
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in South Carthage. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445.
The Phillips Area Community Center is located at 21 Depot Street in Phillips. For Phillips, tickets are at the door.
Tickets are $15 at all locations. More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.