CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host acclaimed Scottish folk band Malinky Tuesday, March, 3, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center and Wednesday, March 4, at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. Both concerts will start at 7 p.m. A pre-show jam will start at 6:15 at Skye Theatre.

Formed in Edinburgh in 1998, Malinky showed its mettle early on by winning a prestigious Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at the following year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Ten years later, the two remaining members from that founding line-up – Steve Byrne (vocals/bouzouki/guitar) and Mark Dunlop (vocals/whistles/bodhrán) – are joined by Fiona Hunter (vocals/cello), Dave Wood (guitar/bouzouki) and Mike Vass (fiddle).

Malinky is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its fourth album,”Flower and Iron,” which contains a mix of material and moods that reflects how the band has progressed since its third CD.

“We’ve still got the big dark ballads in there, but they’re balanced with more upbeat and contemporary songs,” said Hunter. Also, all the songs were chosen because we had some kind of personal connection to them – songs from home, or associated with particular people – which always adds an extra dimension when you’re singing.”

Tickets are $10 at the door; reservations are recommended. Call Skye Theatre at (207) 562-4445 or Lakeside Theater at 864-5000. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and US. Route 2. Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley.

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