Western Maine hosts the Crossroads International Celtic Festival

Crossroads International Celtic Festival

Crossroads International Celtic Festival will present four very diverse concerts in the Greater Oxford Hills Region, including it’s opening event at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School In South Paris, Me on Wednesday September 11, and it’s closing program at Bingham Hall in Bethel, Me on Sunday September 15.

Crossroads Celtic International FestivalWednesday September 11 Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School So Paris, Me- 7:00 pm– “Coming Full Circle” “The opening night of Crossroads we visit the music of our heritage by joining the past with the future.” Said Phill McIntyre, artistic director. The host for the evening Frank Ferrel, well-known former MPBN personality and master fiddler in his own right, will welcome Fiddle-isious; The Don Roy Ensemble; & Cape Breton’s hot young trad group COIG (Ko-Wick) We are looking forward to an evening filled with music, song, dance and some special guests to fill out the show. Special tribute will be paid to the Dean of Francophone music in Maine, Don Roy. Don as mentor to countless numbers of fiddlers and has become the keeper of the flame and a prolific composer. Don is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, the Roy’s musical passion lies with the French Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music. Don’s performances include; The Library of Congress, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and 2 appearances with Garrison Keillor to name a few.

Thursday September 12 Oxford County Fair Oxford, Me – 6:00 & 8:00 pm – “Working Together” County Fairs have always revolved around the agricultural successes of a region. They involve both work and relaxation. For decades Mainers have come together in the fall to sample the fruits of our labors. Crossroads is committed to working and collaborating with existing celebrations within Franklin and Oxford Counties. We are also all about sharing the joy of music. Cassie & Maggie MacDonald bring lively music, song, and dance to festival stages all across North America. Sprag Session is Nova Scotia’s hottest Celtic Rock Band– lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk.

Friday September 13 The Celebration Barn So. Paris, Me – 7:00 pm – “Tradition Bearers” It is Crossroads International Celtic Festivalamazing how some young performers are called to traditional music. With all the rock, grunge, punk, and other forms of expression out there, every now and then a star rises out of the melee with an innate sense of the purpose of their existence. Crossroads presents in this show many such rising young stars. Cassie & Maggie MacDonald are the sister team to beat at any competition they enter. Touring throughout North America and beyond and receiving rave reviews at every turn. The Press Gang are Maine’s standard bearers of Irish music in the Portland area. They are making their mark throughout New England and beyond. The Gawler Sisters grew up with fiddles in their hands and with the rich harmonies of parents John & Ellen Gawler, they can’t help but create the most mesmerizing music imaginable.

Sunday September 15 Bingham Hall Bethel, Me – 2:00 pm – “Bringing it all Together,” the finale of the festival hosted by the Mahoosuc Artws Council at Gould Academy. Throughout the five Crossroads has sought to blend the cultural heritage that is indigenous to Maine and to highlight the natural beauty of our Western Maine lakes and mountains. The final show ends with a bang. PEI super group, Ten Strings & a Goat Skin epitomize the energy of youth. Maine artists Neil Pearlman & Alba’s Edge will appear with special guests Ed Pearlman and The Laura Scott Dancers. To end the festival New Brunswick’s seven member family band Arseneault add the verve and drive only Acadians can replicate. “Throughout the Festival the mixes of cultures have been celebrated and compared. The Celtic phrasing and rhythms of the music all interchange. The sense of family and clan overlap and as we bid farewell at this show we see the circle is closed and intertwined as a gigantic Celtic knot.

Maine is the point between the Maritimes, Quebec, and the rest of the US; all points either North or South, East or West… We in Western Maine are at the Crossroads.” Phill McIntyre Tickets for all events and start times at http://www.crossroadscelticfestival.com The festival, slated for September 11-15, 2013, covers both Franklin and Oxford Counties and offers a total of 18 live shows and more than 100 artists from across Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Scotland, and Ireland, as well as from across the USA. complete list of artists can be found at http://crossroadscelticfestival.com/artists

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