Left to right: Bruce MacGregor

Left to right: Bruce MacGregor

Acclaimed Celtic tour comes to Kimberley

On Friday Sept 5, a special concert will take place at Centre 64 that should appeal to all those with who delight in things Scottish.

Mike Redfern

On Friday evening, September 5, at 8 p.m. a special concert will take place in the dance studio at Centre 64 in Kimberley, a concert that should appeal to all those with who delight in things Scottish.

Three renowned Scottish musicians, on tour in Canada, will present ‘A Musical Adventure of Scotland’. Christine Hanson, cello; Bruce MacGregor, fiddle; and Andy Hillhouse, guitar, will take us on a journey through Scotland’s music, from Scottish baroque, to Highland reels and jigs, with contemporary Scottish folk and traditional music, stories, song, and good craic (Gaelic for chat) along the way.

Kimberley Arts Council will host the concert ceilidh-style with local Highland dancers performing. Complimentary Scottish snacks will be served and a no-host bar will offer wine and beer in this fund-raiser event for the arts council. Advance tickets are available from Centre 64 and the Snowdrift Café, priced $22 for KAC members, $24 for non-members. You can also purchase your tickets on line at:

www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-musical-adventure-of-scotland-tickets-12802260907.

Tickets at the door are $26.

Christine Hanson is a classically trained cellist, composer, and sound designer who instructs workshops both sides of the Atlantic. She plays not only classical music but pop, folk, jazz, and experimental music as well. She has several CDs out, the latest Amytis Dawning, and has played on 38 recordings by other celebrated artists.

Bruce MacGregor is the founder of the multi-award-winning Highland fiddle group, Blazin’ Fiddles, and a presenter on BBC Radio Scotland. He has even been commissioned to write music for the Dalai Lama. MacGregor runs the Highland Fiddle School and his group, Blazin’ Fiddles, plays to sold out houses numbering in the many hundreds. He is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and celebrated fiddle players with 6 videos and many CDs to his name.

Andy Hillhouse is a Canadian folk and traditional music guitarist, founder of the Celtic funk band, Mad Pudding, with whom he made 4 CDs and performed across two continents. He now specializes in Celtic rhythm guitar and has performed with The McDades, with whom he won a Juno in 2006. He is the former musical director of the Vancouver Gospel Choir and the Sarah McLachlin Music Outreach Choir.

All three musician can be found on the Internet where you can listen to some of their recordings. It is not often that Centre 64 gets to welcome musicians of such high calibre in the field of Celtic music to its modest performance space. This concert in the dance studio will accommodate only 100 guests so it is advisable to get your tickets soon so as not to be disappointed. Email kimberleyarts@gmail.com or, better still, call in at Centre 64 (250-427-4919) between 1 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to pick up your tickets.