Feature Story                                                            Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Essential Celtic

Trio of minstrels play Harrison Oct 22

Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival Society


Mairi Rankin (above), Ailie Robertson and Jenny Ritter (below) are performing one show only Oct 22 at Harrison Memorial Hall.

airi Rankin is steeped in Cape Breton fiddling and dancing, and has a deep love and respect for her native traditions. From Mabou, Nova Scotia, she grew up influenced by the centuries-old fiddle music that is both a treasured part of the local culture and a popular export around the world.


Her work for several years with the Cape Breton supergroup Beolach best exemplifies these roots. While a Cape Bretoner at heart, Mairi is also a contemporary and cosmopolitan musician, whose spirit of adventure and collaboration is evident in her work with The Outside Track, a transatlantic, internationally touring Celtic Band.


Harpist extraordinaire Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is also in The Outside Track. Ailie is widely regarded as one of Scotlandís leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso.


Her accomplishment on the clarsach (Scottish harp) is such that leading Irish flautist Niall Keegan said: "Ailieís synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp."


Ailie Robertson will be playing the harp at the Hall on Oct. 22.


The show will begin at 8PM, Oct 22 in the Harrison Memorial Hall. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online at harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664, Agassiz Shoppers Drugmart, or at the door. In addition, a table of eight may be reserved when all eight tickets are purchased together. Please call the Festival office at 604.796.3664 to book your table!


About the Harrison Festival Society

Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.


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