CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host multiaward winning Canadian fiddler Kimberley Fraser and guest guitarist Mark Simos at Skye Theater Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 27. The duo will also be at the Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on Thursday, May 28.
Both shows begin at 7 p.m. A preshow jam session will be held at 6:15 at Skye Theatre.
Born on Cape Breton Island, Fraser first began to impress audiences at the age 3 with her step-dancing talents. Soon after that, she took up both the fiddle and the piano. She proudly owns the fiddle of her great-great grandfather, spanning the musical tradition within her family more than 100 years.
Though still in her early 20s, her career is already a distinguished one. She has traveled the world, from Victoria to Afghanistan, bringing Cape Breton music with her wherever she goes.
Fraser’s latest accomplishment includes the release of her second studio album, “Falling on New Ground,” which won the 2008 East Coast Music Award for Best Roots/Tradtional Album of the Year. She has recently moved to the Boston area to join the long list of distinguished musicians who have studied music at Berklee College of Music.
Simos is one of the most respected guitar accompanists for traditional Celtic music in the United States. He is known for innovative and subtle chord movement, as well as varied textures and tunings.
Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and Route 2. Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 562-4445. More information, log on to www.necelticarts.com.


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