Fresia trio will mix world rhythms, Celtic to Skye


CARTHAGE— Combine unique instrumentation with the complicity of a family trio, mix in musical styles and languages from around the world and you get Fresia & The Offspring.

The Nova Scotia-based trio will play at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center, with a jam session at 6:15 p.m. when audience members are urged to bring their instruments and play for a few minutes with the musicians.

Making up Fresia & The Offspring are Samuel Fresia, 15, on percussion and vocals; Charlotte Fresia, 13, on keyboards, marimba and vocals; and Eric Fresia on classical guitar and vocals. The trio performs a collection of originals and classics mixing Celtic, blues, folk, Cajun, Latin and African rhythms.

The Fresia family is known for inviting concertgoers to sing and dance at its live shows that often include a touch of humor.

In 2006, a home-schooling experience became a musical partnership when singer-songwriter Eric Fresia decided to include two of his children as band members while traveling through Mexico. Much time was spent writing and recording during the winter of 2007; and by June, the band released its first self-titled album. The summer of 2008, the trio performed at some of Atlantic Canada’s most renowned venues, including the Stan Rogers Folk and Dartmouth Multicultural festivals and Waterfront Jubilee.

Last year with his band back in school, Eric kept busy booking a four-month North American tour. During the final two months of that tour, Fresia & The Offspring performed at venues across Canada, including The Winnipeg Folk, Guelph Hillside and Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues festivals.

Concert tickets are $10 at the door. For reservations, call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S Route 2.