LEWISTON – Two top Canadian roots-music artists, Dave Gunning and Samantha “Fiddling Sam” Robichaud, will join Maine Acadian performers for a showcase concert Wednesday, March 16, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The show will feature recent winners of Canada’s East Coast Music Awards. The Maine-based Don Roy Trio will round out the program with fiddle and dance in the Acadian tradition.

The showcase is a cooperative project between New England Celtic Arts and Foreign Affairs Canada / avec l’appui d’Affaires étrangères Canada.

At the East Coast Music Awards, Gunning received the Folk Recording of the Year award for his album “Two-Bit World.” The album’s songs emerge from the landscape of his native Nova Scotia: a place of storms and seas, immigrants and survivors. His love for the place comes through in well-rooted, well-told stories transformed into songs.

Robichaud is a lively, youthful Atlantic Canadian fiddler with Acadian roots. She picked up the fiddle atage of 4 and has never put it down. Her passion, desire and drive have led to performances at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II, and multiple nominations for Canada’s East Coast Music Awards in the instrumental artist and roots/traditional categories for her latest recording, “Vivacious.” The album features original compositions and her own vocals as well as the fiddling fans have come to expect.

Maine’s Don Roy Trio also is adept at good storytelling and fiddling. Despite his “south of the border” upbringing in Rockland, Roy grew up surrounded by Acadian and Celtic music from the Canadian Maritimes and beyond. He and his performing partners, pianist/step-dancer Cindy Roy and bassist Jay Young, love to tell audiences about the stories behind the tunes.

The Franco-American Heritage Center is located at 46 Cedar St., next to the bridge to New Auburn. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for children 12 and younger; family tickets are $32. For more information or reservations, contact New England Celtic Arts at (207) 562-4445.


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