The rocking pop Celtic group Searson is coming to perform in Colebrook on Friday, Jan. 8. This latest show—brought to you by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts—will be held in the Tillotson Center at 7 p.m. “Like many performances we’ve had the pleasure of hosting, Searson will leave the audience breathless and up in their seats,” said Charlie Jordan, President of the GNWCA.
In 2011, Searson toured throughout Canada, the U.S., Ireland, Germany, Denmark and headlined one of the largest music festivals in Europe at Festival Ortiguiera, Spain. Searson has always realized that they have had a passion for writing, recording and performing live and have been a full time touring band for over a decade now. Searson has recorded several albums throughout their career so far. Erin and Colleen have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing.
Their latest album, “Stars Above The Farm” (2015) is a 12-track album that has brought the sisters back to their musical roots. Writing both vocal and instrumental tracks, the album is a nod to their upbringing in such a rich and vibrant musical culture. The album was recorded at Skylark Studios with Jordon Zadorozny as producer. Two highly acclaimed Canadian Fiddle champions join Colleen on the album. April Verch—who has performed several times in Colebrook—is on the track Cuddy's Waltz which was written by both Colleen and April. And, Voyageurs is a lively traditional style set where Pascal Gemme joins Colleen for a few Quebecois tunes.
The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley step dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley step dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is Danno O’Shea performing and composing for over 17 years on drums and percussion with a jazz degree from Humber College--and bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music.
Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada these sisters began to study music at a very young age, performing locally and competing at step dance and fiddle contests. Since the age of four, Erin has been classically trained through the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano. Colleen has been studying violin and fiddle methods from all styles around the world since age nine while both began step dance lessons before the age of nine. This prepared the sisters to grow and expand as they became accomplished performers and musicians and increasingly began to tour across borders and overseas. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show..
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts has secured the Tillotson Center for the night of this concert so that the rocking music and thumping step dancing can ring out on the big stage. Tickets are $15 and now on sale at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook and at the door on the night of the concert. For more information on this and other upcoming GNWCA concerts, visit www.gnwca.org or call 237-9302 or 246-8998.