The Mainstay at the Garfield present the Celtic music of Cassie and Maggie
CHESTERTOWN — The Celtic music of Nova Scotians Cassie and Maggie will fill the Garfield Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Mainstay and the Garfield Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.garfieldcenter.org, over the phone by calling 410-810-2060, or in person at the Garfield Center box office.
The box office and theater are located at 210 High St. in Chestertown.
Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals.
Appearing on stages across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, the sisters have enchanted audiences far and wide with fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements. The duo’s vocal harmonies, in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate and percussive step dancing style.
Born to a family with a musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia’s musical culture and traditions, sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald have used their upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music, a news release from the Mainstay said.
The music is anchored by the fiddling of elder sister Cassie MacDonald and the piano work, guitar andvocals of her younger sister Maggie MacDonald.
This year they have gained recognition in Canada as they have topped the list of Canadian Folk Music award nominees with nominations for Ensemble of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year and Traditional Singer of the Year for Maggie MacDonald, all for their newest release, “The Willow Collection.”
They will perform at the Gala awards cer- emony to be held on Ottawa Nov. 19. They also received nominations for Entertainers of the Year, Group Recording of the Year and Roots/Trad Album of the Year this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards held the first weekend in November in Truro, Nova Scotia.
At the ages of 5 and 6, they learned Highland dancing in Nova Scotia but did not start playing music until they were 8 or 10.
As their music has developed, dance has remained an important part of their shows.
“Step dance has a really interesting tradition in Nova Scotia, because it is almost like another instrument. Step dancers are really regarded as musicians. … They know which steps will fit well with each particular tune and they almost have a bigger repertoire than a fiddle player would. It’s really incredible to watch the old dancers. They really interpret the tune through their feet,” Cassie MacDonald said in the release.