Sunday, November 23, 2008

3rd annual A PAN-CELTIC WINTER SOJOURN at Regent Theater, Arlington

3rd annual A PAN-CELTIC WINTER SOJOURN
Featuring Guitar Virtuoso J.P. Cormier & Friends Coming To Arlington’s Regent Theatre, Thursday, December 4 at 7:30pm
Celebrating His New CD Release “NOEL”
With Special Guests Kimberley Fraser and Doug Lamey

Catch local fiddler Doug Lamey and Kimberley Fraser (well, she's here at Berklee) playing along with J. P. Cormier in the third edition of A Pan-Celtic Winter Sojourn. This concert is all about that tiny Celtic enclave at the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton. The descendents, and the music, of all the Celtic nations have been represented here, mingling and surviving over the centuries. This evening will celebrate the season in music, the roots of the winter/holiday season as well as contemporary sensibilities, Celtic style. The songs will come from places that have earned a spot in our collective memory—Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Wales, Galicia, Eastern Canada —and the messengers will be the most highly regarded and respected members of the lively Cape Breton music scene and guests, under the leadership of J.P. Cormier.

Cormier has many labels to his credit—singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, innovator, recording artist, award winner— but underlying that is a man with an ancient soul who has traveled the world for the past 25 years bringing his unique brand of joy to audiences. Cormier will be in a trio configuration and an opening set will be provided by Kimberley Fraser and Doug Lamey.

Fraser, from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, and currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, excels on both the fiddle and piano. Lamey, grandson of Boston fiddling legend Bill Lamey, is one of the Boston area's most sought after Celtic fiddlers; he has studied with some of the greats from the Cape Breton tradition (Buddy MacMaster) and Irish scene (Tommy Peoples).

The 3rd annual A PAN-CELTIC WINTER SOJOURN will be presented at the historic Regent Theatre on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30pm. Reserved seats are $15 to $25. Located at 7 Medford Street (off Mass. Ave.) in Arlington Center, the Regent Theatre is MBTA and wheelchair accessible with free parking across the street. For tickets, directions, and more information call 781-646-4849 or visit www.regenttheatre.com .

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