SOUTH CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present Prince Edward Island fiddler/step dancer Cynthia MacLeod at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 26 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.
From her home base in tiny Prince Edward Island, Canada, fiddling sensation Cynthia MacLeod has built an international reputation that is expanding around the globe. It’s a reputation founded in raw talent, nurtured by boundless energy, and polished to a gleaming finish by a touring schedule that has taken her across Canada, through New England, and as far away as Japan. Audiences far and wide have thrilled as this tiny dynamo takes the stage for whirlwind performances that garner spring-loaded standing ovations everywhere she performs.
Just as remarkable is the acceptance and respect accorded Cynthia by her peers. In a part of the world known for dazzlingly talented fiddlers, fellow musicians have awarded her more than a dozen http://www.musicpei.com Music PEI awards, including multiple awards as Roots/Traditional Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year. Audiences have also twice chosen her as Entertainer of the Year.
In that time, she has produced three critically-acclaimed (and top-selling) CDs. http://www.cynthiamacleod.com/Recordings_Frame.asp” \t “_top Head Over Heels (2002) won her instant credibility with a hard-bitten music industry and was named Album of the Year. Her second CD, http://www.cynthiamacleod.com/Recordings.asp” \t “_top” Crackerjack (2004), built on her growing reputation as a precise, lively interpreter of traditional fiddle music. http://www.cynthiamacleod.com/Recordings.asp” \t “_top Hot Off The Floor (2007) combined that traditional sound with newer compositions and cemented Cynthia’s place among the very best in East Coast fiddle music.
Cynthia’s grace and charm with an audience is unchanged whether she is performing at home at her perpetually standing-room-only ceilidhs in Brackley Beach, PEI, or taking the stage in front of thousands at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan. She is equally comfortable in an intimate workshop in New England, an enormous festival setting in Cape Breton or Goderich, Ontario, or bursting onto the stage to a packed house in St. Albert, Alberta or Whistler, B.C.
Her growing fan base across Canada and throughout the New England states knows what to expect from Cynthia – soft-spoken down-home charm followed by a high-energy, electrifying show with fun, fiddle, and step-dancing – and often all three at the same time!
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 $10.00 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at (207) 562-4445 for reservations and directions. More information at: http://www.necelticarts.com