Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center will host Cape Breton singer song writer Buddy MacDonald with fiddle sensation Rachel Davis at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in So. Carthage, Maine on Wednesday June 10th and at Lakeside Theater Rangeley, Maine on Thursday June 11th, 2009. Both concerts start at 7:00 PM. A pre-show jam at Skye Theatre will start at 6:15.
Buddy’s career as a singer, songwriter, entertainer, began thirty years ago. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, he was exposed at an early age, to the singing and story telling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy. Over the years he has traveled and entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland and the Scandinavian countries, performing as a solo act and in different combinations with other musicians from Cape Breton. He has performed on stage with many of Eastern Canada’s traditional artists such as Natalie MacMaster, Howie Mac Donald, Ashley MacIssac, Dave MacIssac, John Allan Cameron and more. Since Celtic Colours International Festival began eleven years ago, Buddy has been the host of the late night Festival Club, and has performed over various parts of the Island with Scotland’s Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher, Ireland’s Tommy Makem, Michael Black, and hosts of other artists from all over the world of music.
Buddy’s songs, along with his own recordings, have been performed and recorded by artists throughout the country. His material has been recorded by such artists as John Allan Cameron, McGinty, Dave Gunning, theatrical casts of the Summertime Revue, and cast of the Toronto production “Needfire”, which played for months to sell out crowds in Toronto, Canada. Buddy continues to tour and chase audiences to wherever they will sit down and listen. Whether in a small country hall, pub, festival or concert theatre, his love of writing, singing and entertaining comes across bridging the gap between performer and listener. You will find yourself singing along, clapping along and feeling very glad you came.
Rachel is an award winning nineteen-year-old fiddler from Big Baddeck, Cape Breton, NS. From an early age, she was exposed to the Cape Breton style of music, as it was prevalent among a great many members of her family. As a result, she has listened to the Cape Breton style music all her life. Inspired by her grandfather, Clarence Long, also a fiddler, Rachel began taking lessons from him at the age of twelve years. For the past four years, she has been joining Buddy on stage at festivals and local Cape Breton events. Rachel just wrapped up a recording session at Lakewind Studios for her first CD to be released in August.
Skye Theater is located 3 miles West of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Rd and US RT. 2 in South Carthage. Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley. Ticket price is $10.00 at the door*. For reservations at the theater you wish to attend call: Skye Theatre at (207) 562-4445 or Lakeside Theater at 864-5000.
* (Lakeside Theater is $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at the theater or on the website, www. HYPERLINK “http://rangeleymovies.com” \t “_blank” rangeleymovies.com)