Youthful Ramblers to kick off Sundays at Skye series

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 CARTHAGE — Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center will launch its Sundays at Skye series with The Abbot Hill Ramblers on Sunday, May 2.

The Ramblers, all middle and high-school students from S.A.D. 46, perform under the mentorship of Dexter Middle School teacher Chris Prickitt, himself an experienced performer and long-term member of the popular band Evergreen.

Performances by The Abbot Hill Ramblers feature bluegrass and American roots music, enhanced by relaxed humor. The ensemble has released five recordings: “Born to Ramble,” “Climbing Higher,” “Going Places,” “Stages,” and most recently, “It Can’t Be Stopped.”

 Besides local concerts, the Ramblers have performed at fairs, festivals and coffeehouses statewide. In the spring of 2007, they toured with the world-renowned Kruger Brothers as part of a four-day, five-school “strings attached” educational outreach program in Maine.

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 “As regional school budgets tighten, groups like the Abbot Hill Ramblers, the Franklin County Fiddlers, the Pineland Fiddlers and the New England Youth Ensemble are perfect examples of successful school-based music programs that need our support” said Phill McIntyre, director of Skye Theatre. “I intend to use as many of these types of groups in our programming as I possibly can.”

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a preshow jam session starting at 2:15 p.m., when audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the performers.

The Sundays at Skye series will feature a mix of New England and international acts, including Matching Orange on Mother’s Day, May 9; and the Dave Mallet Trio on Fathers Day, June 20. Other artists include Eric Fresia and the Offspring on May 23; Tidal Wave., June 6; the New England Youth Ensemble, June 13; Michael Black, June 27; and Fishing with Finnegan, July 11. A complete listing may be viewed at www.necelticarts.com.

 Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at  562-4445 for reservations.

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