SOUTH CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present Cape Breton fiddler Wendy MacIsaac with guitarist Patrick Gills at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 25 in South Carthage, Maine at 7 p.m. There will be a pre-show jam at 6:15 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the artists.
Wendy MacIsaac is a highly sought after fiddler, piano player, and step dancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. Wendy has been touring all over the world for the last 10 years with Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, and Beolach (her current band) and as a solo performer.
She has performed in Italy, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Eastern Europe and all over North America. Wendy’s recordings include ‘The Reel Thing’ (1994), ‘That’s What You Get’ (1996) and her latest album ‘Timeline’
(2003). Beolach has recorded a self-titled album (2001), and Wendy is featured prominently on the recordings of Mary Jane Lamond.
Wendy began performing at age 5 as a stepdancer. At age 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age fifteen, Wendy was playing dances all over Cape Breton island and forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. She soon began traveling further, to Boston, Detroit, and Toronto, to play for the popular Cape Breton dances in those areas. At this time Wendy also developed a strong reputation as a piano player and has accompanied all of the Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation.
In 1995 she began touring with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and has made the road her second home ever since. Wendy has performed with the Chieftains, Capercaillie and Buddy MacMaster, to name a few. Her skills as a teacher are also in high demand.
As manager and member of the five-piece instrumental group www.beolach.com Beolach, Wendy is able to take the traditional music of Cape Breton to the rest of the world with a large format and a youthful energy. While Wendy MacIsaac may draw inspiration from her past, her future looks brighter than ever.
Scottsville, Cape Breton guitarist and Beolach band member, Patrick Gillis will accompany her on this tour of the New England Region.
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. Ticket price is $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at (207) 562-4445 for reservations and directions. More information at: www.necelticarts.com