RUMFORD — Còig is one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting Celtic traditional groups and will perform the popular Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 49 Franklin. A monetary collection will be taken at the intermission to benefit the Grampa Food Pantry located at the Green Church in Mexico.

Special guest Zakk. Cormier is new to the group, taking the spot of Jason Roach, who is pursuing other projects. Cormier will join Coig on guitar and foot percussion. Band spokesman and lead multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen says, “We just did a festival in Maryland with Zakk Cormier on guitar, and it went great. Longtime fans of the band were saying that they couldn’t believe it was his first show with us.”

The band is known as a super group and is comprised of four accomplished multi-instrumentalists: Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen and Zakk Cormier. With the fiery Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Còig shifts between century-old tunes of past generations to original and upbeat compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles).

When the creative juices are flowing, there’s no holding back the talented quartet. Hot on the heels of the group’s award-winning 2017 album “Rove,” comes the brand-new release, “ASHLAR.” Brimming with new ideas and lots of energy built up from their hundreds of international performances, the band figured, “Why wait?” They packed themselves into producer Dave Gunning’s Wee House of Music studio in Nova Scotia during a brief break in touring, and everything fell into place.

Advanced tickets are $20 and available downtown Rumford at All That Jazz, and Bartash’s and online at Tickets in advance are recommended. Tickets day of show are $25. 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater is at 49 Franklin St. Enter at the right side of the building, the theater is at the upper back parking lot.

Coig to perform Christmas Concert benefit at 49 Franklin. Submitted photo

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