The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts will be hosting this award-winning international band on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Rialto Theatre in Lancaster. This will be the third appearance for this popular group in northern New Hampshire under the sponsorship of the GNWCA. This concert is cosponsored by James Fitch.
The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and footwork has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality.
Members of the band include fiddler Mairi Rankin, one of the hugely influential members of the Rankin Family–legends on the Canadian music scene. She plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings
Teresa Horgan, from Co. Cork, Ireland, has an emotive singing style. “She has just enough world weariness in her vocals to interpret…songs and make them her own,” said Tony Lawless of Tradconnect. Teresa was immersed in music from a young age, playing with her family and later went on to obtain an honors degree in Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She recorded two albums with award-winning Irish band FullSet and shared the stage with The Chieftains, Declan O’Rourke, Andy Irvine, Lúnasa and more.
Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh, Scotland, is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Her accomplishment on the clarsach is such that leading Irish flautist Niall Keegan said: “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.” Ailie is in great demand as a teacher around the world, and has published six books of harp music.
From the Highland village of Evanton, Fiona Black developed a love of music and dance from a young age. The feisean movement provided her the opportunity to nurture her passion through learning to play the piano accordion. Fiona went on to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music where she honed her skills as an accordionist and gained valuable experience arranging, performing, composing and recording. Fiona’s accordion style incorporates many different influences, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire, always adding her distinctive rhythm and vibrancy.
Michael Ferrie is an award-winning guitarist and composer from Callander, Scotland. Ferrie was named Highland Young Guitarist in 2010. In 2013 Ferrie was commissioned to compose for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s “Out and About” week, and in the same year was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Scottish folk band Thalla.
After they complete their current U.S tour, The Outside Track will be heading to Germany, Switzerland, Demark, and the U.K.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind international show, which starts at 7 p.m. Admission will be $15 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 237-9302 or 246-8998, or the Rialto Theatre at 788-3456. For more information on the GNWCA and upcoming shows, visit www.gnwca.org.