Northern New Hampshire’s own Celtic ensemble, Islay Mist Ceilidh, fresh from its successful appearance at First Night in St. Johnsbury, Vt., where the group played to over 500 people, will be making its first appearance on the stage at the Tillotson Center. Islay Mist Ceilidh is comprised of a dozen musicians from all around northern New Hampshire who love Celtic music. Based in Lancaster, they are regulars at the Lancaster Fair, the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, and other locales around the region. Performing on fiddles, flutes, cellos, guitars, penny whistles, bodhrans and accordion, their playlist ranges from breakneck tunes like “The Flowers of Edinburgh” reel and “The Swallowtail Jig” to lovely numbers like “The Dark Island” and “Hector The Hero.”
After an intermission, the Fireside Fiddlers take to the stage to perform for the second half of the show. The Fireside Fiddlers hold the distinction of having been the first group to perform on the Tillotson Center stage when live shows began there five years ago. The Fireside Fiddlers is a group of fiddlers from Clarksville, Colebrook, Groveton, Randolph and Lancaster in New Hampshire, and Guildhall and Barton, Vt.
There have been new songs added to the group’s repertoire, to go along with the old favorites, including such old-time standards as “Old Joe Clark,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “St. Anne’s Reel,” “Angeline the Baker,” “Red Wing” and more.
The group has recorded two CDs. The Fireside Fiddlers’ first CD debuted in July 2011 comprised of over 20 selections. The group’s second CD was one of Christmas favorites released on Dec. 8, 2013. There will be CDs for sale at this concert.
Tickets are available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door. General admission prices for the night are: adults, $15; students, $12; children under 12, $5. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 237-9302 or 246-8998.