Celtic music coming to The Palms


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Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic styles. The sisters have enchanted audiences across North America, the UK and Europe with lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements and stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate and percussive step dancing.

Cassie and Maggie will appear at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.

The MacDonalds’ talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they share their music. They enchant audiences with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. Exciting and innovative, Cassie and Maggie have found the perfect balance between musical integrity and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, the duo explores and tests the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements.

Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the sisters have used their upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic roots music. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians and seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of sure-fire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go.

Cassie’s fiddle playing has been described as “sweet and elegant with just the right amount of raw power,” while Maggie’s piano playing has an irresistible drive. More than your average fiddle and piano duo, Cassie is an award-winning highland and step dancer, and Maggie sings, plays guitar and also dances.

Cassie and Maggie’s 2017 album, “The Willow Collection,” is their third and highlights the skill with which the sisters blend traditional sounds with confident arrangements that step outside the usual boundaries of Celtic music. While “The Sally Gardens Set” is a fiddle-driven instrumental medley that’ll delight Celtic music fans, “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” has a satisfying, slightly swampy groove and “The Willow Hits” blends Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” the Carter Family’s “Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow Tree” and the Patsy Cline hit “Walking After Midnight” with a wink and a smile.

Live Ireland Radio, which awarded the duo Vocalists of the Year in 2016, said, “Cassie and Maggie are an unbelievably gifted duo… The train is just gathering steam and leaving the station on these new stars. It is going to be a glorious journey.” Other honors include winning Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s Emerging Artist Recording of the Year, a nomination for the Independent Music Award World Song of the Year, and multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Tickets are $17 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if not sold out.

For more information, visit cassieandmaggie.com and palmsplayhouse.com.


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