CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Matt & Shannon Heaton at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The husband-and-wife team of Boston shares many Irish music memories, having performed together since 1991. Behind their Irish flute- and guitar-driven tunes and stirring songs is a deep well of mutual memories, setbacks and triumphs. Having built their act from years of touring together (first with band Siucra, then as a duo), their stage banter is comfortable, often hilarious.

“Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious. Still, they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form meant for sharing, not showing off,” wrote Scott Alarik for the Boston Globe.

Before focusing on Irish music, Matt earned a classical guitar degree, played with the Chicago pop group The Flavor Channel and fronted the Nuevo tango group Orquesta Atipica. Meanwhile, Shannon studied flute and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University, joined Matt’s tango band and took weekend trips to Chicago’s Wat Dhammaram to continue the Saw Oo (lap fiddle) and Thai singing studies she began when she was an exchange student in Thailand.

Though she specializes in Irish wooden flute and traditional Irish-style singing, adores the Chicago musicians who started her out and is involved in the Boston traditional music scene (she co-founded Boston’s Celtic Music Fest and teaches for Boston’s Comhaltas), she has retained a deep interest in world music, especially the music of Thailand.

The Heatons included their Irish-style version of Thai classic “Lao Dueng Duen” on their 2009 release “Lovers’ Well,” their fourth as a duo.

Both concerts will start at 7 p.m. A preshow jam at Skye Theatre will start at 6:15 when audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with the performers. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in Carthage. Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Tickets are $10 at the door at Skye; $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door at Lakeside. Call Skye at 562-4445 or Lakeside at 864-5000 or visit www. rangeleymovies.com.


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