MEXICO — New England Celtic Arts will present The Don Roy Ensemble at the Mexico Congregational Church at 7 p.m.,  Wednesday, April 15.  A jam session begins at 6:15 p.m. lead by Jody Kasregis. Audience members are encouraged to bring their musical instruments to the jam session. Tickets are 15.

Don Roy is the Dean of Acadian and Franco traditions in Maine. The ensemble  includes Don and Cindy Roy with Jay Young and Larry Burkette. Performances by Don Roy include the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Other notable concerts include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, two appearances with Garrison Keillor and two performances at the American Folk Festival, to name a few.

Don Roy is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Acadian Maritimes and Quebec, the Roys’ musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition blended seamlessly with 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 Roy has received fellowship awards from the state of Maine in 1994, 2001 and 2013 for excellence in traditional music.His CD “Thanks for the Lift” earned a nomination for the National Heritage Award. He also is the founder of Fiddle-icious, Maine’s largest fiddle.

Cindy Roy, also a member of the former Maine French Fiddlers, is well known for her step dancing piano accompaniment, which is among the best in New England. 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 blues style and then in a series of rock ‘n roll bands. He started playing electric bass in a country band in the 1970’s. Larry Burkette plays backup guitar and has been accompanying the Roys for almost a decade.

The Mexico Congregational Church is at 163 Main St. For reservations call 207-562-4445. Concert ticket price is $15.  More info available at http://www.necelticarts.com


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