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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celtic summer sunset concert with Rant Maggie Rant at Windsor’s Mackenzie Hall July 13

 With special guest Canadian singer/songwriter Allison Brown
Stratford, ON – Brace yourself for an indulgent musical journey when Rant Maggie Rant, one of Canada’s most innovative Celtic World Beat ensembles, comes to Windsor for a Celtic summer sunset concert on July 13, 2012.

This outdoor concert takes place in the Victorian Gazebo, located in the park adjacent to the historical and elegant Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre, at 8:00 pm. Beautifully landscaped with flowers and mature trees, the gazebo is equipped with an amphitheatre seating area or bring your own lawn chair. In the event of rain, the concert will move indoors.

Opening for Rant Maggie Rant is Canadian singer/songwriter Allison Brown. This songbird with her big, pure voice, offers a folky throwback mix of traditional songs, modern covers and originals. She is regularly featured as an arts/music correspondent on CBC Radio Windsor’s Early Shift, and hosts Border City Roots every Monday evening on CJAM 99.1 FM.

Audiences always have a rousing good time at Rant Maggie Rant concerts. From their energetic on-stage presence, to the band’s ability to really connect with its audience, it is self-evident that Celtic music is in the fibres of the band’s heart.

Rant Maggie Rant is a band that likes to mischievously colour outside the prescribed lines. The ensemble moves effortlessly from Irish jigs to Galician munieras, from Scottish marches to Breton an dros, driving them with exotic and syncopated hand-percussion, blues/rock guitar backdrops, revved up tempos, surprising time changes, and unique rhythmic attacks. During their concerts, Rant Maggie Rant will deliver a beautiful traditional ballad, chase it up with an Appalachian-style groove and end with a killer jig or reel.

Traditionalists love their approach, as they respect the time-honoured styles. Drawing on the music from the seven Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and the lesser known Isle of Mann, Galicia (Spain) and Brittany (France), as well as from Quebec and Canada's Maritime Region, a legion of new Celtic music listeners and fans are drawn to Rant Maggie Rant's fusion of World influences, including Latin, Middle Eastern and African hand percussion and rhythms.

Rant Maggie Rant brings together five superbly talented musicians: Mark Fletcher (whistles, tenor mandola, accordion, Scottish small pipes, guitar, bodhran, background vocals), Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals), Glen Dias: (lead vocals, recorders, percussion), Rob Larose: (percussion - drum kit, cajon, djembe, dumbek, congas, background vocals) and Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, background vocals).

Considered one of the best in Canada, fiddler Lindsay Schindler has established herself as an electrifying performer: lightning fast and incredibly smooth with contagious energy, as well as a smile that lights up the stage. With a strong bow hand, she drives the music along.

Led by Mark Fletcher, the band has recorded two albums: World’s Edge (2009 studio recording) and Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration! (2011 live recording). Both recordings are infused with Irish whistles, fiddle, tenor recorder, acoustic and classical guitars, accordion, drums, as well as an array of hand percussion and powered by lead singer Glen Dias’ captivating vocals. The repertoire ranges from traditional Irish tunes to original, spirit-raising and dance-inducing instrumentals, perfect for the all night kitchen party.

Based in Stratford, Ontario, Rant Maggie Rant has been wowing audiences on the road for the past three years at festivals, concert halls and symphonic stages in Canada and the U.S. with their outstanding artistry and on-stage vibe. A tight, coherent unit, Rant Maggie Rant takes audiences on a unique journey through Celtic music, appealing to both traditionalists and those who enjoy the evolution of sound.


Event: Celtic Summer Sunset Concert with Rant Maggie Rant & special guest Allison Brown
Date:  Friday, July 13, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Victorian Gazebo, Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre, 3277 Sandwich St. West, Windsor
Admission: $20 at the door; $15 in advance at Mackenzie Hall box office, Dr. Disc (471 Ouellette Ave., downtown Windsor) or www.ticket-e-boo.com
Tickets: 519-255-7600 or www.ticket-e-boo.com
More information: www.rantmaggierant.com or visit the band on Facebook


“I can truly say that you were the surprise ‘WOW’ band this year – so much great feedback about your music.” – Sheila Graziano, Saline Celtic Festival, Saline, Michigan

“RMR is a great band. They packed the house and the audience left dancing. I can't wait to have them back.” – Holmes Hooke, Hughs Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“One of Canada’s most exciting Celtic fusion ensembles . . . “ – Robert Reid, Arts & Entertainment Reporter, Waterloo Region Record, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Media Contact
Mary-Lou Schagena
Publicist, Rant Maggie Rant
Telephone: 519-584-7628
Twitter: @RantMaggieRant

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