The Main­stay at the Garfield present the Celtic mu­sic of Cassie and Mag­gie

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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.garfield­cen­, 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.

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