CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Maine’s Don Roy Trio at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, July 15, and at Lakeside Theater Rangeley on Thursday, July 16. Both concerts start at 7 p.m. A preshow jam at Skye Theatre will start at 6:15.

The musical duo of Don and Cindy Roy is at the forefront of the Franco-American community in the Greater Portland area, though they have entertained a wide array of audiences around the country and in Canada.

Don is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, his musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music. He has been a member of many successful groups, including bluegrass, Irish and French, and directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration. Don has received fellowship awards from the state of Maine in 1994 and 2001 for excellence in traditional music. His CD, “Thanks for the Lift,” earned a nomination for the National Heritage Award.

Cindy, also a member of the former Maine French Fiddlers, is well known for her step-dancing piano accompaniment. Augmented by her rhythmic feet, she adds life and enthusiasm to the music.

Jay Young plays upright bass with the group. Young began his musical evolution playing folk music on a 12-string guitar in the 1960s. He slid into playing electric guitar in a blues band influenced by the Chicago-style blues and then in a series of rock ‘n’ roll bands. He started playing electric bass in a country band in the 1970s. Young started playing upright bass in the 1970s with a church choir and soon joined a bluegrass band.

Performances by the Don Roy Trio in 2004 included the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Others include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, two appearances with Garrison Keillor and two performances at the National Folk Festival.

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 ($12.50 at the door at Lakeside). For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or Lakeside Theater at 864-9949.


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