CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present the popular trio Ti’ Acadie at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center. A preshow jam at 2 p.m. will include a Christmas carol session with Phill McIntyre and Jody Kasregis. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the artists.

Ti’ Acadie is a folk trio and dance band based in Maine, which is part of the region including the Canadian maritime provinces known as Acadia. (Ti’ Acadie means “a little Acadia.”

The versatile group is equally at home playing for concerts, contra dances or Cajun dances. Band members are Pam Weeks, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, guitar, vocals; Jim Joseph, button accordion, five-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, jaw harp, percussion, feet, vocals; and Bill Olson, guitar, bass, singing, calling.

Together, they perform a variety of music: traditional French-Canadian, Acadian and New England dance tunes; songs from Maine, including sea chanteys and maritime songs; Cajun waltzes and two steps; old-time Southern tunes and songs; and original tunes written by Weeks, which range from sizzling reels and jigs to mesmerizing aires and sweet waltzes.

At a concert, Ti’ Acadie has been known to sing a beautiful a cappella song in three-part harmony and then let loose with fiddle howling, guitar pulsing, accordion pumping and feet tapping.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Reservations are required. Call 562-4445. Skye Theatre is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. For more information, log on to www.necelticarts.com.


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