Dynamic fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, along with PEI troubadours Gordon Belsher and Caroline Bernard, will light up the stage at the Tillotson Center in Colebrook for one show only, on Monday, April 28, beginning at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, tickets are $15 and now on sale at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook, and at the door on the night of the concert.
“We are so proud to host this marvelous show,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “Having just returned from a music conference and series of showcases in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, I can attest that these performers will bring our local audience some of the very best music PEI has to offer.”
Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher last performed at the Tillotson Center two years ago and folks have been requesting their return ever since. This will be the first appearance in Colebrook by Cynthia MacLeod and Caroline Bernard. The four will perform traditional music of Prince Edward Island, including some original tunes and old favorites in a fun and fast-moving evening of music, storytelling and dance.
Richard Wood is one of North America’s top fiddlers and Gordon Belsher is a well-known Maritimes troubadour. Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe, and Japan as a “Master of the Celtic Fiddle,” having first set the fiddle world on fire as a youngster. Today as an adult he has counted among his personal appearances with Shania Twain on “Late Night With David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” as well as an appearance at Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains. He leaves audiences breathless with his energizing fiddling and step-dancing. Keeping up with him takes a special accompanist and he has found it in his musical partner on stage, the multi-talented Gordon Belsher. Gordon’s guitar work and story vocals add their own dimensions to Richard’s show.
Caroline’s ability to balance her lifelong love for music while raising a family comes from the passion and conviction she absorbed from her mother Jeannita, a well-known singer-songwriter from the Acadian Region of Prince Edward Island. In addition to her haunting vocals and intrinsic stage presence, Caroline’s songs share stories of love, life and all things in between, through her music.
After winning several provincial youth talent contests and competing on a national level, Caroline transitioned to a professional music career performing with Acadian groups DBS, Chiquésa and Les Girls.
For more information on this and other GNWCA events, call 237-9302 or 246-8998, or you can visit the organization’s website at www.gnwca.org.