Matching Orange trio will play at Skye Theatre
CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Matching Orange, a high-energy band from the Boston area, Sunday, May 9, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.
Whether playing for contra dances, jamming at a local pub or bringing the house down at a concert, these three musicians offer their audiences a refreshing approach to traditional fiddle music.
They are Eric McDonald on guitar, mandolin, vocals; Eric Eid-Reiner on piano; and Brendan Carey Block on fiddle. They take full advantage of their diverse musical backgrounds, with extensive training in folk, classical, jazz and other traditions.
Block has been playing fiddle since age 10. For five summers, he received scholarships from the New Hampshire Highland Games and the Saint Andrews Society of New Hampshire enabling him to travel to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, to immerse himself in Cape Breton music. In 2001, he became the U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, and is a three-time New England champion. He has been a member of the renowned Glengarry Boys and currently performs with the Boston-based Annalivia.
Block has performed with such notable artists as Natalie MacMaster, Jerry Holland, The Battlefield Band, John Whelan, Alasdair Fraser, Cherish the Ladies, Brenda Stubbert, Gaelic Storm and Jay Ungar.
McDonald picked up the mandolin when he was 17. In the spring of 2009, he discovered the DADGAD guitar tuning, and has been cutting his teeth at sessions and camps ever since. He was a founding member of Jaded Mandolin, a teen string band that became a local phenomenon in the Boston area. He plays regularly with Ari & Mia Friedman and tours with The Dave Rowe Trio.
Eid-Reiner began playing fiddle when he was young, winning multiple youth fiddle contests. At 7, he discovered the piano and didn’t look back. Now, he performs throughout New England with numerous groups, including the Reiner Family Band and the Rachel Cole Band. He grew up listening to fiddle music and attending camps from Vermont to Cape Breton.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a preshow jam session starting at 6:15 p.m. Tickets, $10, will be sold at the door. For reservations, call 562-4445. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2.