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Fiddler Richard Wood returns to Maine

Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher

Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher

CARTHAGE - New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with the Kingfield POPS will present legendary Canadian fiddler Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with a curtain at 7:00 p.m. A pre-show jam session will start 1 hour prior to curtain.

For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, and Japan. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman" and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”

Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. In the late 1990s he toured the UK & Europe headlining concert halls and folk festivals. He’s since played at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.”

Richard is proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan. He has five previous CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century.

Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than a quarter of a century performing solo at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia.

Skye Theater is located 3 miles West of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Rd and US Route 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $15 at the door. For reservations call (207) 562-4445. Reservations are strongly suggested.

More information is available at: http://www.necelticarts.com

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