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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Canadian Celtic Choir and Rant Maggie Rant beckons spring with captivating Celtic concert March 7 at Aeolian Hall

Stratford, ON – The award-winning Canadian Celtic Choir, directed by William Zadorsky, is joining forces with the high-energy Celtic fusion ensemble Rant Maggie Rant for the first time to present a not-to-be-missed celebration of Celtic music that is sure to rejuvenate the spirit after a long and arduous winter.

Entitled Shades of the Shamrock (Spirit of St. Patrick), the Irish-themed concert starts at 7:30 pm at London’s Aeolian Hall.

Each group will do solo sets and then Rant Maggie Rant will accompany the choir. A suite of tunes, as well as many lyrical beauties, will probably make the cut. As well, there will be some surprise musical guests.

Founded in 1996, the London-based, 50-voice Celtic Canadian Choir is well known for its professionalism, exceptional musicality and diverse, high-quality programming collaborating with other Canadian artists.

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 guests. Biographical information at: www.rantmaggierant.com. Joining them at this concert will be London-based guest musicians Rob Larose (drums, percussion), Steve Clark (bass) and Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion) from Toronto.

Rant Maggie Rant took home hardware at the 2013 Jack Richardson Music Awards gala in April 2013. The band received a Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category. The awards recognize musical excellence in the City of London, Ontario, where all of the members of the band have London connections, and continue to contribute to the vibrant music scene in that city.

The band has covered a lot of ground over the last two years performing throughout Newfoundland, on Canada’s west coast, in Quebec and south of the border in Chicago, Illinois and Saline, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan and many venues in between. Earlier this year the band performed in Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan with the International Symphony Orchestra and is scheduled to play Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in April and their fourth annual and perennially sold out St. Patrick’s Celebration show at Toronto's prestigious folk-roots venue Hugh's Room, where their latest CD was recorded. Also, they will appear for the first time at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in August, as well as with the highly regarded Windsor Symphony Orchestra in November.

A joyful explosion of sound, Rant Maggie Rant is loved by traditionalists, who enjoy their time-honoured approach and style, while listeners of other musical genres are drawn to the band's fusion of punchy roots/blues/rock guitar and the syncopated World influences of hand drumming spiced with Latin, Middle Eastern and African rhythms.

The band has three CDs to their credit: self-titled (2013), Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011) and World’s Edge (2009).

 JUST THE FACTS

Event: Shades of the Shamrock (Spirit of St. Patrick) featuring the Canadian Celtic Choir and Rant Maggie Rant
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. East, London, ON
Admission: $25 advance, $30 door
Info & Tickets: 519-672-7950 or info@aeolianhall.ca


ACCOLADES for live performance

“And there was a terrific Celtic band, Rant Maggie Rant, that I should (have) heard ages ago -boy, they are GOOD!” - Richard Flohil, Richard Flohil & Associates, Toronto, ON

“The show was wonderful. RMR's repertoire moved through engaging, energetic, eclectic, inspiring and hilarious with nary a skipped beat. What a serendipitous search so many months ago... “- Jennifer Ives, Artistic Director, Orillia Folk Society

“Frost & Fire consolidates their reputation as fine musicians and makes for great holiday season musical fare ..." Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine, London, ON

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

ACCOLADES for latest, self-titled (live) CD

“... a solid reputation for razor-sharp stage shows... Happily, both their current and future fans can enjoy this crystal-clear document of the beautifully performed show RMR put down that night (at Hugh's Room, Toronto)... the level of delighted engagement by the audience is obvious throughout. Recommended. - Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine, London, Ontario

“... an album brimming with high energy ... If you want a taste of Rant Maggie Rant live, this is the sonic dram for you.” - Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
“Rant Maggie Rant CD is the BEST live Recording in Years! They play so tightly and perfectly that you would wonder if this is really a live recording. Only when you hear the enthusiastic cheering of the audience then you know it’s really live.” - Baxter Labatos, The Celtic Music Fan, On-line Review, The Philippines

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