Open the Door for Three opens at Skye Theater on Feb. 19

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SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Irish trio “Open the Door for Three” at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and at Route 27 Arts in Stratton on Thursday, Feb. 20. Curtain is 7 p.m. at both locations. A pre-show jam at Skye Theatre will start at 6:15 p.m.

Skye Theatre recently announced it is closing on Sept. 17, 2014. The theatre will present a full schedule up until that time. The 2014 season opens with an established Irish traditional-based ensemble which includes Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare and Pat Broaders.

Open the Door for Three is a road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians.

They mine tune books, collections, and recordings to find old and new tunes and new and old songs. They add to those discoveries Knowles’s compositions, harmonies and arrangements, O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and Broaders’s rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing.

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Though the trio is brand new, its members are mainstays of the Irish music scene. These three have distinguished themselves over the last two decades, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, Celtic Legends, and The New York Pops, as well as mainstream pop-artists Don Henley, Paula Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Josh Groban.

They have performed in venues around the world: on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, at L’Olympia and Palais de Congrès in Paris, Malaysian rainforest festivals, piping tionóil in Ireland, theatres from Shanghai to São Paulo, cruise ships in the Caribbean, and even a bullring in Mallorca.

Their debut release “Open The Door For Three” is a culmination of years on the road, comprised of unearthed tunes, new arrangements of great songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the signature sound of a trio of good friends playing great music together.

Skye Theater is at 9 Highland Drive. Ticket price is $15 at the door in both locations. For reservations at Skye Theatre call 207-562-4445. For reservations at Route 27 Arts, 88 Main Street, call 207-246-2300.

More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.

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