CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host the highly acclaimed Celtic band Pogey Wednesday June 11, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage and Thursday, June 12, at the Lakeside Theater in Rangeley.

Both concerts will start at 7 p.m. with a preshow jam starting at 6:30. People are urged to bring their musical instruments and join in.

This will be the second of seven concerts shared by the two theaters this season as a pilot project to bring live performance music to the Rangeley Lakes Region. “With the high demand for seats at Skye Theatre, sharing with Lakeside is a perfect fit,” said Phill McIntyre, director of New England Celtic Arts. “With gas prices going out of sight, it makes even more sense to take the music to the people.”

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nudibranch recording artists Pogey combine original Celtic/rock tunes with stellar instrumentals for energetic performances.

Pogey’s fourth CD is its most ambitious project to date. This self-titled recording was recorded at Common Ground Studios in Halifax with producer/engineer Christopher Mitchell.

In 1997, lead singer Ray Mattie moved his young family to Barrie, Ontario to break into a new music market. The idea was to start an original band with a Celtic/folk-based sound. Unfortunately, after three years of college shows, television features and festival performances, Mattie was never able to find the quality, like-minded musicians to help make this band a reality. To do this, he needed to return home to Nova Scotia. In the fall of 2000, Mattie called bassist Jonny Grant. Grant agreed to join immediately and 20 minutes later Pogey was born.

As of early 2004, Pogey had solidified a core lineup. Warren Robert (guitar/mandolin) and Zach Smith (drums) became permanent members as touring Canada and the United States continued. In spring 2007, Pogey added Colin Grant (fiddle) and Darren McMullen (mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, tin whistle). They will perform with the six-member configuration in Maine while on their way to the prestigious Fairfield Irish Festival in Trumbull, Conn.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. Call 562-4445 for reservations and directions. For more information, visit www.necelticarts.com.


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