Pawtucket Times

Blackstone River Theatre hosts Cantrip


Blackstone River Theatre will present an evening of music from Scotland featuring Cantrip on Sunday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. Admission is $16.00 advance, $18.00 day of show. For reservatio­ns call (401) 725-9272 or visit to order online. This will be BRT’s last indoor concert before its June 18 Summer Solstice Festival at Cumberland’s Diamond Hill Park.

The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, a magic spell, or a piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangemen­ts. Swirling border pipes, dynamic fiddle, driving guitar and three rich voices blend to create a sound that gets the audience on their feet. After 20 years of touring, Cantrip has found a reputation like few others. Echoes can be heard of traditiona­l music from the 1960s and 70s, but the passing years have slowly infested their Scottish music with the sounds of bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer. Scotland’s Dan Houghton and Jon Bews and singer/guitarist Eric McDonald stir the varied elements into a sound uniquely their own

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