LEWISTON — The Canadian group The McDades will bring its Celtic-rooted music fused with jazz improvisation and global rhythms to three concert venues in late August.

The band will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Franco-American Heritage Center; Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage; and Thursday, Aug. 27, at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley.

At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon & Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music alongside their parents and with artists from around the world – a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music.

Their compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on stage. Shannon’s fiddle, Jeremiah’s winds and Solon’s bass create blend with dynamic driving guitar and hand-drumming.

The McDades’ sound is immersed in the spirit of improvisation. With their energetic instrumentals and sensitive vocals in English and French, they “find their groove somewhere between a down-home kitchen party, a jazzy after-hours club and a folk festival,” wrote the London Free Press.

Concert tickets are $10 for the Franco center and may be purchased by calling 689-2000, online at francoamericanheritage.org or at the door. For Skye Theatre tickets, also $10, call 562-4445. Tickets are $10 in advance for Lakeside Theater, $12.50 at the door. Lakeside tickets may be purchased at the theater, online at rangeleymovies.com or by calling 864-5000.

There will be preshow jams at 6:15 p.m. at the Franco center and at Skye. Tickets for jammers 18 and under are $5. More information is also available at www.necelticarts.com.


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