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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rant Maggie Rant's 4th annual Christmas Tour Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas celebration

(News Release)
Concerts in St. Catharines, Sarnia, Hamilton, London & Stratford
 Stratford, ON (November 18, 2012) Rant Maggie Rant, one of Canada's most exciting Celtic fusion ensembles, hits the road again with their fourth annual Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration tour, delivering a sound as lovely as the hushed winter landscape and as rollicking as a team of horses running away with the sleigh. Their successful 2011 tour drew over 2,200 fans with several sold out shows.

The concert repertoire will include traditional Christmas carols, traditional Celtic tunes, with a couple of fun surprises. In particular, two spirit-raising and dance-inducing instrumentals, perfect for the Christmas night kitchen party.

The band likes to mischievously colour outside the prescribed lines. During their concerts, they 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 time-honoured style, while new Celtic music listeners are drawn to the band's fusion of world influences.

Rant Maggie Rant brings together four superbly talented musicians: co-founder Lindsay Schindler (ex-Shaggy Haggis) on fiddle, who now makes her home in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland; Glen Dias (ex-ptarmigan), lead vocals, recorder and incidental percussion; percussionist Rob Larose (Antler River Project); and guitarist Barry James Payne (String Bone).

In regards to the tour, Lindsay Schindler, says, “This is our fourth Christmas season tour and each year we change things up a bit to keep it interesting and fresh.What we are noticing also, is that many of our audience are returning and making it an annual Christmas tradition, at the same time, bringing more people with them, like their kids, friends and other family members. It's a fun concert and we strive to leave the audience tapping their toes, smiling, and feeling good.”

Since their formation in 2008, this Stratford-based band has been wowing audiences at festivals, concert halls and symphonic stages across Canada and the U.S. with their outstanding artistry and on-stage vibe.

The quartet has two CDs available: World's Edge (2009) and Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011).
Dec. 7, 2012; 7:30 pm St. Columba Anglican Church, 7 Columba Drive, St. Catharines. Admission: $25 advance, $35 at door. Tickets: www.ticket-e-boo.com

Dec. 8, 2012; 9:00 pm Paddy Flaherty's, 30 Seaway Road, Sarnia. Admission: $15.00, Tickets: www.ticketscene.ca.

Dec. 9, 2012; 7:00 pm The Pearl Company, 16 Steven Street, Hamilton. Admission: $20 advance, $25 door. Tickets: www.ticket-e-boo.com

Dec. 13, 2012; 8:00 pm Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. East, London. Admission: $25 advance, $30 door. Tickets: www.aeolianhall.ca

Dec. 15, 2012; 8:00 pm City Hall Auditorium, 1 Wellington Street, Stratford. Admission: $20 advance, $25 door. Tickets: www.ticket-e-boo.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

“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

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