CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will host the sassy Celtic pop duo Madison Violet at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 12, with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

This is the second in a series of several Sunday concerts being held at Skye Theatre this summer. A preshow jam will start at 6:15.

Both hailing from Scottish small towns in Canada, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have chosen another musical path – one that channels their parents’ vintage record collection that comprised of the likes of Neil Young and Dolly Parton.

Madison Violet came to be nearly nine years ago after a chance meeting at an appropriately titled restaurant, The Green Room. Since that fateful meeting, the two musicians have come into a sound of their own, which has been described as both city-folk and tumbleweed pop.
With two albums recorded in London under their belt, the two musicians have found themselves on the industry radar. Guest appearances on their albums by Clare Kenny (Indigo Girls, Shakespear’s Sister), Fiachna O’Braonain (Hothouse Flowers, Michelle Shocked) and Julian Wilson (Grand Drive) were a welcome addition to the mix.

Madison Violet’s first release, “Worry The Jury,” garnered ECMA award nominations for Best New Group and Pop Album of the Year. “Caravan,” the duo’s sophomore release, went in a more alt-country direction, which garnered two ECMA awards nominations in the Folk Album of the Year and Best Group Recording categories, as well as a Canadian Folk Award nomination as Vocal Group of the Year.

It’s been nearly three years since its last recording session in London, and Madison Violet is about to release a new album. This time, the duo has worked in its home and native land with producer Les Cooper at the helm. This new project has taken the musicians down a road lush with harmonies, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass. The songs are infused with heartache and loss, but the listener will find an uplifting twang in the sound.

The touring musicians have been dubbed road dogs, spending nine months a year on the road as supporting artists for Ron Sexsmith, Chantal Kreviazuk, Indigo Girls and The Temptations in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy and Canada.
Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and Route 2. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445 for reservations.

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