Celebrating Women and Celtic Music – Cape Breton’s Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy McIsaac just won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album for Seinn

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac just won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album for their recording Seinn.

The Earlville Opera House will present the second of three concerts featuring women at the forefront of Celtic music on Sunday, November 24th at 7 pm.  The second concert in the series travels way to the north to the Cape Breton tradition of Celtic music, long held to have its roots in the Scottish highlands.  This powerhouse 4-piece band features Mary Jane Lamond a master of Scots Gaelic singing and Wendy MacIsaac a master Cape Breton fiddler – who have received multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for their album Seinn: garnering Ensemble of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year, and Mary Jane received a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year.  They are joined on this tour by Cathy Porter of Nova Scotia. Cathy was recently honored with the 2013 Musician’s Achievement Award by the East Coast Music Association.  She is the first woman in ECMA history to receive the honor.

“The musical tradition of Cape Breton beautifully interpreted by two skilled custodians of note bringing their artistry to bear in a collection of fine tracks, the album includes both instrumentals and tracks sung in the Scots Gaelic dialect – Mary Jane Lamond being one the few remaining Scots Gaelic singers on the island learning and spreading the endangered language through the art of the song, her collaborator on this recording Wendy MacIsaac is recognized as one of Cape Breton’s finest exponents of the fiddle – the instrument centric to the island musical traditional.” – Beat-Surrender

Lamond has a gorgeous voice and an unequaled mastery of the Gaelic tongue. MacIsaac has for years been one of Cape Breton’s strongest and most reliable fiddlers. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with — a long-standing blending of talents that has continued to grow, develop and strengthen through the years … and has never failed to satisfy.” – Rambles

Women at the forefront of Celtic music, collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac are keeping Cape Breton traditions alive.

Women at the forefront of Celtic music, collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac are keeping Cape Breton traditions alive.

Take a listen to their Haunting Gaelic vocals and the Finest of traditional fiddling

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These outstanding musicians guarantee an unforgettable evening with the best in Cape Breton’s Celtic tradition going back 200 years to their Scottish roots in the intimate EOH Arts Café!  Tickets are $25 for the general audience, $23 for EOH members, and $20 for students. Seating is limited. The EOH Holiday Artists Sale featuring over 65 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery will be open before the show and at intermission.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Earlville Opera House Arts Cafe is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

The three concert series will culminate in Moya Brennan, the Voice of Clannad and First Lady of Celtic Music, who is on tour from Ireland with An Irish Christmas concert on Sunday December 1st at the Oneida High School Auditorium at 7 pm.  The five piece band that centers around two harps, with fiddle, piano and percussion will create a specially produced seasonal show of celebration and reflection.  Tickets and info are at the Earlville Opera House by website or phone 315-691-3550.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac travel over 1100 miles from their home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to central New York!

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