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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kick up your heels at Robbie Burns celebration with Rant Maggie Rant at Mary Webb Centre in Highgate on Jan. 26

Proceeds will support Mary Webb Centre Building Fund
Stratford, ON (January 18, 2013) You can enjoy a wee bit of Scotland at the historical Mary Webb Centre in Highgate on January 26 when Rant Maggie Rant, “one of Canada’s most exciting Celtic Fusion ensembles,” takes to the stage at 8:00 pm to celebrate Robbie Burns in true Scottish style.

Prior to the concert, there will be a Robbie Burns supper in honour of Scotland’s national poet. Dinner festivities start at 5:00 pm with a cash bar to toast lads and lassies in attendance, while bidding on silent auction items. At 5:30 pm, the Haggis will be piped in, followed by a three-course dinner and a “nose” of Scotch to toast the Haggis – synonymous to North America's Thanksgiving turkey. A limited number of combined dinner/concert tickets are available for $100 with a $50.00 tax receipt. The proceeds will support the Mary Webb Centre Building Fund.

 “This is Rant Maggie Rant’s third appearance at the centre and we promise an evening of music ‘to shake a foot to,’ as well as a whole lot of rousing and rollickin’ fun,” says Lindsay Schindler, who leads Rant Maggie Rant, and now resides in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland where she is immersed in the rich heritage of East Coast fiddling.

Based in Stratford, Ontario, Rant Maggie Rant showcases the talents of Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals), Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorders, percussion) and Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, background vocals) with special guest Rob Larose (percussion - drum kit, cajon, djembe, dumbek, congas, background vocals). Biographical information at: www.rantmaggierant.com

Energetic, exciting and emotive, Rant Maggie Rant has been wowing audiences on the road for the past four years at festivals, concert halls and symphonic stages in Canada and the U.S. with their outstanding artistry and on-stage vibe.

The band made significant inroads on their 2012 touring schedule, performing in Windsor, Toronto, the Ottawa area and Montreal, as well as Victoria, Cowichan Bay and Quadra Island in British Columbia. The band also performed south of the border in Chicago and Saline and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Although Celtic music resides in the fibres of the band’s heart, their music can’t be readily pinned down geographically. Creating lovely layers of sound with depth, the ensemble’s brand of global music is one of fusing the multicultural flavours of the seven Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and the lesser known Isle of Mann, Galicia (Spain) and Brittany (France), with the savoury sounds from Quebec, the Ottawa Valley and Canada's Maritime Region.

A joyful melting pot of sound, Rant Maggie Rant is loved by traditionalists, who enjoy their time-honoured style, while new Celtic music listeners are drawn to the band's fusion of World influences of hand drumming and Latin, Middle Eastern and African rhythms.

The band has two CDs available: World’s Edge (2009) and Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011).


Event: Robbie Burns Celebration with Rant Maggie Rant
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm (dinner), 8:00 pm (concert)
Location: Mary Webb Centre, 87 Main St. West, Highgate, ON  N0P 1T0
  • Combined dinner/concert: $100 with a $50.00 tax receipt
  • Concert: $25.00 adult, $10.00 students
  • Online at CK Tickets: www.cktickets.com
  • Chatham Cultural Centre: 519-354-8338 or 866-807-7770
  • In Person:            Blenheim: Downie Photo
                                    Chatham: Chatham Cultural Centre 
                                    Highgate: Grave Diggerz’ Variety
                                    Ridgetown: Mittons Jewelers
                                    Rodney: Marg’s Variety  
                                    Thamesville: B’s Hive

More information: 519-678-3065 or marywebbcentreevents@gmail.com


“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 (Rant Maggie Rant returns to Hugh's Room for the third consecutive Saint Patrick's Day Celebration concert on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Reservations & tickets: 416-531-6604 or info@hughsroom.com)
“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

“I am in awe of the complexity of their arrangements and overall tightness of the band. Delivered with panache and obvious enjoyment . . . they are thoroughly enjoyable.”Bob Cunningham, Concert Reviewer, The Beat Magazine, London, ON

“We’ve added RMR’s Christmas record to our collection and have made it available for airplay known to all CBC music producers and programmers.” Mark Rheaume, CBC Music Resources, Toronto, ON

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