Family friendly Contra/Square Dance featuring The O’Schraves and guests, Sunday, May 28th, Old Town Hall, Richards Landing – no experience necessary, begins with singing games and dances for young children and parents 2:30pm, followed by an all-ages dance. Dances are walked through and called. This is an event that strives to foster inclusivity and community through music and togetherness. By Donation.
Scottish Harpist Ailie Robertson and Cape Breton Fiddler/Stepdancer Mairi Rankin in concert Tuesday, June 6th, 7:30pm Richards Landing Old Town Hall.
Harpist Ailie Robertson is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. A five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Ailie also won first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition, was judged best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, and won the St Albans New Roots award. Winner of The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO iCompose Prize, and 2nd in the Oslo Grieg Competition, Ailie has received commissions, awards and residences from Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland, the CCA, Culture Ireland, Celtic Connections, EIFF, and CALQ Montreal. She was chosen for the 2016/17 RSNO Composer’s hub, awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship and was winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the inaugural New Music Scotland Awards. Her debut solo album ‘First things first’ won the ‘Live Ireland’ award for ‘Best Instrumental Cut of the Year’. She has performed and taught all over the world, released 3 solo CDs and published 7 volumes of harp sheet music. “Innovative, assured and beautiful…her harp exerts an undeniable and inexorable tug at the heart strings” – Scotland on Sunday
Fiddler/stepdancer Mairi Rankin, born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, 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 this rich musical culture. Mairi has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and educator in both fiddle and step dance. She has performed as a solo artist as well as a member of the Cape Breton super group Beolach, and acclaimed band the Outside Track and has also performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro. As an educator, Mairi has taught at Universities, schools, festivals and workshops, including Newcastle University, England; Augusta Heritage Festival, West Virginia; Ohio Scottish Arts School, Ohio; Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling, Cape Breton; and Blazin’ in Beauly, Scotland. Mairi has recorded one solo album, several CDs with Beolach and the Outside Track, and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings.
Advance tickets, $20, $15 students available at Gardiners in Richards Landing or online at algomatrad.ca. Tickets $25/adult at the door.