Canada instrumentalists to tour in Maine

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LEWISTON — Award-winning Canadian artists Duane Andrews and Dwayne Cote, who weave gypsy and jazz sounds into their blend of East Coast Celtic and roots music, will give three Maine concerts.

They will perform Tuesday, May 18, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage; Wednesday, May 19 , at the Franco-American Heritage Center; and Thursday, May 20, at Unity College Center for the Performing Art.

Curtain is at 7 p.m. at FAHC and Skye, and 7:30 pm at Unity. There will be a preshow jam session 45 minutes prior to curtain at all three venues. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with the artists for a few minutes.

Andrews, a multi ECMA award-winning guitarist, has performed worldwide, from his home in Newfoundland to Tasmania, Australia, with stops in between at the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals. He is also a composer and producer.

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 A native of Newfoundland, Andrews grew up exposed to the island’s myriad cultural influences —  a mix of English, French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese — and his development as a guitarist reflects that. After graduating from the jazz studies program at St. FXU with honors, he spent several years studying contemporary music composition at the Conservatoire International de Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Region in Marseille, France.

Cote is deemed to be one of the most unique violinists and fiddlers in Atlantic Canada. He uses a distinct classical tone that has developed both through professional exposure and his own self-education. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, his mother, Gladys Stone Cote, was a renowned dancer, instructor and performer in the Maritimes in the 1970s and ’80s. His father is the late Gordon Cote, a celebrated Celtic fiddler who in recent years performed with Bobby Brown and The Cape Breton Symphony.

Tickets are $12 at the Franco center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston;$10 at Skye Theater, 2 Highland Drive, Carthage;  and $10 at Unity, 42 Depot St., Unity. Call the Franco center at 689-2000 or visit www.francoamericanheritage.org; Skye Theatre at 562-4445; or Unity at 948-7469.

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