|Rant Maggie Rant: Steve Clark, Rob Larose, Glen Dias, Lindsay Schindler, Barry James Payne and Daev Clysdale.|
Stratford, ON – The tree is up! The lights are up! Christmas ribbons and poinsettia lend a festive air. Stratford’s City Hall looks beautiful for Rant Maggie Rant’s upcoming Frost & Fire: A Christmas Celebration! concert on December 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
“Nothing says Christmas like a Celtic-inspired take on traditional Christmas favourites, combined with a foot-stomping, eclectic mix of jigs and reels,” says Glen Dias, the band’s lead vocalist. “Our annual concert has become a gathering place for friends, family and loved ones – a community experience.”
Rant Maggie Rant returns to Stratford City Hall Auditorium where their first ever Frost & Fire show was performed in 2009 and after performing at Knox Church and Revival House for the past three years.
Rant Maggie Rant will be entertaining the audience with their distinctive rootsy Christmas tunes, ancient and traditional Celtic melodies, blazing jigs and reels, lesser known seasonal fare and new material from their recently released CD Latitude.
“We have a few new instrumental sets and a couple new songs that we will be debuting to our audiences on this tour,” said Barry James Payne, a member of the band. “It's a fun show with a good healthy dose of up-tempo jigs & reels, as well as some traditional and contemporary seasonal and Christmas songs for the hearth that will make you think about what Christmas really means.”
As well, Rant Maggie Rant will be performing some tracks from their Christmas recording, entitled Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011).
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) and Rob Larose (percussion), who both hail from London, Ontario, and Toronto’s Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion).
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.
Rant Maggie Rant was one of the hits at this summer's Home County Music & Art Festival, where they performed on the Saturday night Main Stage to enthusiastic response, and was the closing concert at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival this year.
The band took their annual Christmas show to Alberta last year and performed in British Columbia with the Vancouver Island Symphony this past St. Patrick's Day. They have performed on the same bill with Loreena McKennitt, Ashley MacIsaac, Trent Severn, Madison Violet, The Young'uns and many more.
The band has released four CDs to date: Latitude (2016), Rant Maggie Rant (2013), Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011) and World’s Edge (2009).
Event: Rant Maggie Rant in concert with Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration!
Date: December 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Stratford City Hall, 1 Wellington Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2L3
More information: www.rantmaggierant.com
ACCOLADES for live performance
"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 self-titled (live) CD
"This Ontario folk ensemble might be the ultimate melting pot of musical styles, and delights in mixing elements in surprising and fun new concoctions. There's lots of trad folk, but it's turned on its head.” - Bob Mercereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog/CBC
“... 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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From: Mary-Lou Schagena
Publicist, Rant Maggie Rant