Veteran singer, young fiddler will kick off Rangeley series

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RANGELEY — Buddy MacDonald, Celtic Colours International Festival late-night host, Cape Breton’s young fiddle sensation Rachel Davis will perform Tuesday, May 31, at Lakeside Theater.

The two will also take the stage at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage on Wednesday June 1, and Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday June 2.

MacDonald, one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriters, comes from a tradition steeped in Celtic and Folk music. He has hosted the world-famous Celtic Colours Festival Club for the last 14 years without missing a single evening. He is best known for setting to music his keen observation of life lived in the cities and rural parts of Eastern Canada.

His career began 30 years ago. Much of his song writing is still influenced by the singing and storytelling style of musicians from his native Cape Breton Island. Over the years, he has entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland and the Scandinavian countries, performing as a solo act and in different combinations with other musicians from Cape Breton.

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It’s been a busy for MacDonald, who released a CD, “Myself, My Shadow … and Me,” n September.

Davis is an award-winning 21-year-old fiddler, also from Cape Breton. Inspired by her grandfather, Clarence Long, also a fiddler, she began taking lessons from him at age 12. For the past six years, she has been performing with MacDonald on-stage at festivals and Cape Breton events.

Her self-titled CD has won acclaim throughout Atlantic Canada and she was a featured performer at the Maine Highland Games in Topsham and the American Folk Festival in Bangor last August. She has just returned from an extended tour of Australia with The Cottars.

MacDonald and Davis will help launch a new harbor-side series in historic Boothbay Harbor at the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn on Friday, June 3. The series celebrating the inn’s 65th anniversary, will feature other performers from the Maine Celtic Tour throughout the summer. For more information on the series, visit www.fishermanswharfinn.com.

Curtain is at 7 p.m. at Lakeside and Skye, and at 7:30 p.m. in Unity. There will be a jam session 45 minutes prior to curtain at Skye and Unity.

Tickets are $15 at the door at Skye and UCCPA. They are $15 in advance, $20 at the door at Lakeside (visit the theater or www.rangeleymovies.com or call 864-5000). For reservations, call Skye at 562-4445 or Unity at 948-7469. Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive in Carthage; and UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity.

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