SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present T-Acadie, a dance band and folk trio, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.
T-Acadie is from Maine and the Canadian maritime provinces known as Acadia (T-Acadie means "a little Acadia"). This versatile group is equally at home playing for concerts, contradances, or Cajun dances. Band members are Pam Weeks on fiddle, mountain dulcimer, guitar, singing; Jim Joseph on button accordion, 5-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, jaw harp, percussion, feet, singing; and Bill Olson on guitar, bass, singing, calling.
The trio plays a variety of music including traditional French Canadian and New England dance tunes; Cajun waltzes, two steps, Cajun blues and Zydeco tunes; old-time southern tunes and songs often sung a capella in three-part harmony; original tunes written by band "tune-smith" Weeks, which range from sizzling reels and jigs to mesmerizing aires and sweet waltzes.
In a contradance setting, the trio will get everyone moving to the beat with Quebecois reels and old-time southern hoe-downs, but the evening will often be punctuated by Weeks singing a Cajun waltz, or by a contradance done to a set of old-time Cajun reels started off with just fiddle and ti' fer (triangle).
There is a pre-show jam session 45 minutes prior to curtain. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with the artists for a few minutes.
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive, off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Rt. 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations at Skye, call 207-562-4445. More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.