Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin & Mac Morin
ST JAMES HALL i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Here’s something that doesn’t happen every day: three of Cape Breton‘s most respected musicians – Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin and Mac Morin – will team up for a rare performance together at The Rogue.
Three fifths of Beòlach, these three artists rarely get a chance to play together in front of an audience thanks to Mairi living on the west coast and touring with her amazing band The Outside track, Mac touring with Natalie MacMaster‘s band and Wendy touring with Mary Jane Lamond and her own music, so they love it when dates align and a night like this is possible. After touring extensively throughout North America, the U.K. and Europe for 11 years with Beòlach, they have loads of great arrangements with tunes that are favourites to the three accomplished Cape Breton ambassadors.
Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for more than 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy records and tours in a critically acclaimed and award-winning band with Mary Jane Lamond and Cathy Porter. She is a founding member of Beólach, and has also performed with The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Capercaillie, The Chieftains, Ashley MacIsaac, and toured with Heather Rankin and The Rankin Sisters. Wendy has recorded on more than 20 albums (including four of her own, two with Beólach, and one with her and Mary Jane), and is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling.
Mairi Rankin is a fiddler and step dancer who has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. Mairi has been fortunate to tour nationally and internationally as a performer and educator in both fiddle and step dance. She has performed as a solo artist, a side musician, and as a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beòlach and the Scottish/Irish/Canadian band The Outside Track. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two each with Beòlach and The Outside Track and been featured on numerous compilations and recordings.
Mac Morin is a dancer and piano player from Troy, Cape Breton. Starting out as a talented dancer, Mac became interested in piano as a teenager. He has gone on to tour around the world with Natalie MacMaster and Beòlach while continuing to travel widely to teach Cape Breton step dancing. Mac has appeared on numerous artists’ recordings including Natalie MacMaster, Yo Yo Ma, The Rankins, Buddy MacMaster, Troy MacGillivray and released his own solo album in 2003.
As we’re fond of saying, if you’re a fan of this kind of music (and who isn’t really?) you’d have to be daft to pass up this opportunity!
Please note that the admission price for this concert includes a $2 Venue Improvement Fee that we are required by the St. James Square to collect from every patron. Starting in September 2016, the proceeds from this temporary fee will be used for construction projects such as air conditioning that will make the hall a nicer place for you to visit in the future. If you wish, you can make a secure donation of any amount over $5 (NOT $100 as it says) by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at www.sjcommunitysquare.org. For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.