While Cantrip is typically a trio, one of its members, fiddler Jon Bews, is not able to make it back into the United States because of ongoing COVID restrictions for travel fro9m Scotland. Cantrip’s two other members, guitarist Eric McDonald and bagpiper Dan Houghton, are sure to bring the band’s distinctive energy to its music during the concert.
The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Swirling border pipes and thunderous guitar and rich voices blend to create a sound energetic enough to tear the roof off. But there is also a softer side to Cantrip, one which can mold a tune as lulling as a Scottish countryside as well.
Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh, Scotland, some 20 years ago. The group’s driving music immediately caught the attention of the masses, and they were quickly signed to their first album in 2001. After touring the globe, the band experienced a period of hiatus in which children were born and continents were left for new ones, Cantrip redefined its sound primarily here in the States. The band subsequently tightened its arrangements while expanding its influence.
“We’re delighted to be able to go ahead with the planned show as a duo,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “We’ve hosted Dan Houghton and Eric McDonald on numerous occasions in the past and know them to both be consummate musicians who really capture the fun and spirit of Celtic music. Come prepared to hear bagpipes–and have fun.”
Tickets for this show are $15 per person (discounts for children) and are available online at gnwca.org, or at the door on the afternoon of the show. For more on this and other GNWCA concerts and events, visit the Facebook page or website.