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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Canadian Celtic-FUSION band Rant Maggie Rant in concert at Toronto Botanical Gardens July 14

(News Release)

Rant Maggie Rant: From left to right: Steve Clark, Glen Dias, Lindsay Schindler, Barry James Payne, Rob Larose and Daev Clysdale.

Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song


Stratford, ON (July 4, 2016) A brilliant blaze of Celtic colour will adorn the natural beauty of the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG) on July 14, 2016 when Canadian Celtic-FUSION band Rant Maggie Rant performs at the Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song. Concert time is 7:00 pm – rain or shine (indoors in event of extreme weather).

The open-air music series presents free evening concerts every Thursday from June through August 25, 2016. The concerts take place in the courtyard beside the historic barn in Edwards Gardens. General seating is available or visitors can select a spot at the fully-licensed Garden Cafe patio which overlooks the concert venue. Or, bring your own chair.

Based in Stratford, Ontario, Rant Maggie Rant showcases the talents of Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals) who also performs with the acclaimed Ontario folk trio Trent Severn; Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorders, percussion); and Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, bouzouki, background vocals). Joining them will be guest musicians Steve Clark (bass), who hails from London, Ontario, as well as Toronto’s Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion) and London’s Rob Larose (percussion).

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 energetic ensemble has performed on Canada’s east and west coasts and central USA, as well as more than 150 shows in almost every corner of Ontario. Their 2015 Canadian concert dates included a sold-out performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and performances at the Folk Alliance International Showcases in Kansas City, MO and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Kerhonkson, NY. In 2014, they performed at London's Home County Music Festival, where they shared the stage with Ashley MacIsaac, The Bills and The Beauties; Stratford’s Knox Church with internationally-renowned musician Loreena McKennitt and Trent Severn, as well as the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

The band has released three CDs to date: Rant Maggie Rant (2013), Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011) and World’s Edge (2009). Their fourth recording effort is currently underway and will be released in September 2016.


While at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, visitors can take a free guided tour of the contemporary themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, departing from the main entrance at 6:00 pm or enjoy some dining at the organic farmers’ market from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. The TBG also offers a complete range of indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages.

JUST THE FACTS
Event: Rant Maggie Rant in concert at the Toronto Botanical Gardens as part of the Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song.
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, ON  M3C 1P2
Admission: Free

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, Aristic Director, Orillia Folk Society, 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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News release from publicist Mary-Lou Schagena

Twitter: @RantMaggieRant

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