Celtic-folk trio of women join forces for Harrison show

Cape Breton, Scottish, and B.C. musicians collaborate for one-time performance

  • Oct. 18, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Mairi Rankin (above)

The Harrison Festival Society is pleased to present a special collaboration of Cape Breton fiddler Mairi Rankin, Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson, and B.C. singer songwriter and guitar/banjo player Jenny Ritter at Harrison’s Memorial Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Mairi Rankin is steeped in Cape Breton fiddling and dancing, and has a deep love and respect for her native traditions. From Mabou, Nova Scotia, she grew up influenced by the centuries-old fiddle music that is both a treasured part of the local culture and a popular export around the world.

Her work for several years with the Cape Breton supergroup Beolach best exemplifies those roots.

While a Cape Bretoner at heart, Mairi is also a contemporary and cosmopolitan musician, whose spirit of adventure and collaboration is evident in her work with The Outside Track, a transatlantic, internationally touring Celtic Band.

Harpist extraordinaire Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is also in The Outside Track.  Ailie is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense of the word: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso.

Her accomplishment on the clarsach (Scottish harp) is stellar.

“Ailie’s synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp,” said Niall Keegan, leading Irish flautist.

Mairi and Ailie’s beautiful and toe-tapping instrumental arrangements will be interspersed with the original songs of Vancouver’s Jenny Ritter.

Jenny’s sweet, positive songwriting, has won acclaim for its deceiving simplicity. She’s a naturally-skilled flat picker on guitar, and adds the twangy tones of claw hammer banjo to many of her songs.

She was born and raised in a cabin deep in the woods of Vancouver Island, and the loneliness and beauty of such an upbringing flavours her songs with gorgeous pastoral imagery and uninhibited expression.

“This performance came together through a series of conversations over the last few years with Mairi Rankin, trying to get her back here for a follow up to her last performance several years ago at the festival with the group Beolach,” said Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse. “She suggested bringing this trio of friends and collaborators together — I predict some Celtic musical magic.”

The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Oct 22 at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664, Agassiz Shoppers Drugmart, or at the door. In addition, a table of eight may be reserved when all eight tickets are purchased together. Please call the Festival office at 604.796.3664 to book your table.

 

Just Posted

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Kent looking to replace Ferny Coombe pool with indoor facility

The facility being built is dependent on grant funding from the province and federal government

Escape room brings ‘out of the box’ activity to Agassiz

AESS alumni and teacher developed the concept to bring teamwork-based entertainment to the town

Prices still rising, Chilliwack real estate back in balanced territory

Local market is steadier compared to points west with higher increase in average sale price

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

B.C. pair accused of ‘honour-killing’ in India to be extradited within days

Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha are accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Liberals reject Karen Wang’s hope for ‘second chance’ in byelection vs. Singh

Former Burnaby South candidate dropped out after a post on the Chinese social media platform WeChat

FOCUS: Canada’s revamped impaired driving law brews ‘potential for injustice’

There must be ‘trigger’ for cops to come knocking, Surrey MP says

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Overtime heroics help Giants to victory State-side

The Lower Mainland’s premier major junior hockey team earned a victory Wednesday over the Americans.

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

Prince George could get province’s second BC Cannabis Store

The first brick-and-mortar government retail location opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17

Most Read