LEWISTON – The high-energy band Give Way, which showcases a new brand of music from Scotland, will give a three-venue concert beginning at the Franco-American Heritage Center on Tuesday, March 31.

Performances will also be Wednesday, April 1, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage and Thursday, April 2, at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. All concerts, presented by New England Celtic Arts, will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a preshow jam at 6:15 p.m. at both the Franco center and Skye Theatre when audience members are urged to bring their musical instruments to play with featured artists.

This will be the first in a series of about 20 concerts to be shared by the three venues this season.

Give Way loosely meaning, “watch out” or “coming through” in Scotland, mixes Scottish traditional and folk music with lively jigs, folk-jazz and modern songs with haunting airs. Formed in 1998, the group is made up of four Johnson sisters: Fiona on fiddle, guitar, whistles and back-up vocals; Kirsty on accordion and lead vocals; Amy on drums, percussion and back-up vocals; and Mairi on keyboards and back-up vocals.

At 5 years old, Fiona started playing the fiddle; Kirsty picked up an accordion at age 4; Amy was 5 when she started to play the accordion; and Mairi was playing keyboards at age 6. In the years since the sisters formed their own band, Give Way has won awards at the acclaimed Scottish music festival, Celtic Connections, and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. The band has performed on radio and TV shows and at a series of high profile venues, including the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. Give Way has also supported top musical acts, including Phil Cunningham, Karen Matheson and Wolfstone.

The band’s debut album, “Full Steam Ahead,” was released in 2003, followed in 2005 by “Inspired,” both of which received widespread international acclaim. In 2008, Give Way recorded a single, “The Water is Wide.”

The Franco American Heritage Center is at 46 Cedar St.; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in Carthage; and Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Tickets are $10, $12.50 at the door. For reservations, call FAHC at 783-1585 or go online to www.francoamericanheritage.org; call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or call Lakeside Theater at 864-5000.


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