CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host Scotland’s North Sea Gas Wednesday, May 6, at Skye Theater Performing Arts Center and Thursday, May 7, at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley.
Both shows are at 7 p.m. A preshow jam session will be held at 6:15 at Skye Theatre when audience members are invited to bring their musical instruments and play with the featured artists for a few minutes.
North Sea Gas, which has been blending Scottish and Irish music for 28 years, plays guitar, mandolin, bodhran, banjo, whistle, mandola and bouzouki. This instrumentation complements fine vocals, harmonies and a keen sense of humor.
The trio’s career includes live shows in a variety of venues from compact hotel lounges to national theaters, as well as private functions, oil rigs, folk clubs, performing arts centers, open air concerts and colleges.
North Sea Gas has played all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada and the United States. For 10 consecutive years, the band has attracted large audiences to concerts held during the Edinburgh Festival.
In 1993, North Sea Gas received both the Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry for its “Caledonian Connection” album. This was followed in 1994 and 1995 by Silver Disc awards for albums “Keltic Heritage” and “Live from Edinburgh; and yet another Silver Disc Award in 1996 for “Scottish Destiny.”
In the fall of 2002, the band released its 12th album, “Dark Island”, which received the band’s sixth Silver Disc. In 2006, North Sea Gas’ recordings were added to the Folklore Library, School of Scottish Studies, at the University of Edinburgh.
Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive in Carthage; Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 562-4445. More information, visit www.necelticarts.com.


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