Nova Scotia’s bluegrass group of the year opens Lakeside Theater’s third season


RANGELEY — The Spinney Brothers will bring their traditional, Southern-flavored bluegrass music to Lakeside Theater on Tuesday, May 11, as the opener of the theater’s third season of live music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of the band’s sound.

The Spinney Brothers will also perform Wednesday, May 12, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage; and on Thursday, May 13,  and at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Curtain is at 7 p.m. at Lakeside and Skye and 7:30 p.m. in Unity. There is a pre-show jam session 45 minutes prior to curtain at Skye and Unity. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with the artists for a few minutes.

Nine Celtic Series concerts are planned this summer on alternating Tuesdays at Lakeside. The Tuesday lineup can be viewed at

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Mumford. Brother Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.

  The first-generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

 The Spinneys are past IBMA Showcase Artists and will be starting the 2010 season on the strength of their current CD “When The Golden Leaves Begin to Fall.” The Spinneys recently took home five awards at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards Show and were nominated for a prestigious East Coast Music Award for Bluegrass Recording of the Year.

The 2010 tour season will see the Spinneys traveling coast-to-coast in Canada, while south of the border they will span from Maine to California. The Spinneys 2010 season is booked and they are already looking forward to 2011.

Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Skye Theater is located 3 miles West of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and Route 2 in South Carthage. Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is at 42 Depot St. in Unity.

Lakeside Theater prices are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased for Lakeside at the theater or on the website,

At Unity and Skye, tickets are $10 at the door. For reservations at the theater you wish to attend call: Lakeside Theater at 864-5000 or Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or Unity Center for the Performing Arts at 948-7469.