CARTHAGE – Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin will perform with Franco-American master fiddler Don Roy and pianist/step dancer Cindy Roy Sunday, Feb. 15, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

The show presented by New England Celtic Arts will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a preshow jam at 2 p.m. when audience members can bring their musical instruments and play for a few minutes with the artists.

Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Rankin has performed as a solo artist and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic group Beolach. She has also performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthrol, and has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and educator in both fiddle and step dance. She has appeared on television and at major folk and Celtic festivals.

Rankin has recorded one solo album and two CDs with Beolach, and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings.

Roy, who has been playing since age 6, has been called the dean of Franco-American fiddling in Maine. He also plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. He learns most of his tunes by ear, although he occasionally thumbs through collections of fiddle tunes.

Ethnomusicologist Bau Graves has said Roy’s playing “exactly exemplifies what Franco American fiddling is all about. It is simultaneously precisely controlled and wildly danceable.”

Reservations are required for this show. Tickets are $10. Call (207) 562-4445. Skye Theatre is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2.


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