Rant Maggie Rant spreads St. Patrick’s Day Cheer at
Claude Parlour Concert Series March 16, 2014
Heritage site provides inspiring backdrop for music
Stratford, ON (March 10, 2014) – The award-winning Rant Maggie Rant will spread a little St. Patrick’s Day cheer on March 16, when the ensemble performs at the historical Claude Presbyterian Church as part of the Claude Parlour Concert Series – the perfect opportunity for revelers of Irish heritage and the Irish at heart to enjoy an evening of Celtic music unplugged.
Distinguished by its elegant spire, Claude Presbyterian Church has been a notable Caledon landmark on the east side of Highway 10 since 1870. This red brick church, a designated heritage site, is associated with the early Scottish hamlet of Claude at Highway 10 and Boston Mills Sideroad. It is now home to many events other than just Sunday Service, giving back to the community by sharing performances of quality music of all genres.
A joyful explosion of sound, Rant Maggie Rant is loved by traditionalists, who enjoy their time-honoured approach and style, while listeners of other musical genres are drawn to the band's fusion of punchy roots/blues/rock guitar and the syncopated World influences of hand drumming spiced with Latin, Middle Eastern and African rhythms.
Based in Stratford, Ontario, Rant Maggie Rant showcases the talents of
Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, background vocals),
Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorders, percussion) and
Barry James Payne (guitars, harmonica, background vocals) with special guests.
Biographical information at: www.rantmaggierant.com.
Joining them at this concert will be London-based guest musicians
Rob Larose (drums, percussion),
Steve Clark(bass) and
Daev Clysdale (Irish whistle, Irish flute and accordion)
Rant Maggie Rant took home hardware at the 2013 Jack Richardson Music Awards gala in April 2013. The band received a Jack Richardson Music Award in the Traditional Folk/Roots category. The awards recognize musical excellence in the City of London, Ontario, where all of the members of the band have London
connections, and continue to contribute to the vibrant music scene in that city.
The band has covered a lot of ground over the last two years performing throughout Newfoundland, on Canada’s west coast, in Quebec and south of the border in Chicago, Illinois and Saline, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan and many venues in between. Earlier this year the band performed in Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan with the International Symphony Orchestra and is scheduled to play Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in April and their fourth annual and perennially sold out St. Patrick’s Celebration show at Toronto's prestigious folk-roots venue Hugh's Room, where their latest CD was recorded. Also, they will appear for the first time at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in August, as well as with the highly regarded Windsor Symphony Orchestra in November.
The band has three CDs to their credit: self-titled (2013), Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011) and World’s Edge (2009).
JUST THE FACTS
Event: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert featuring Rant Maggie Rant
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Claude Presbyterian Church, 15175 Hurontario Street, Caledon
Admission: $20 online or $25 at door
More information: http://www.claudechurch.com/concertslectures.html
ACCOLADES for live perfomance
“And there was a terrific Celtic band, Rant Maggie Rant, that I should (have) heard ages ago -boy, they are GOOD!” - Richard Flohil, Richard Flohil & Associates, Toronto, ON
“The show was wonderful. RMR's repertoire moved through engaging, energetic, eclectic, inspiring and
hilarious with nary a skipped beat. What a serendipitous search so many months ago... “- Jennifer Ives, Aristic Director, Orillia Folk Society, ON
"Frost & Fire consolidates their reputation as fine musicians and makes for great holiday season musical fare ..." - Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine, London, ON
“RMR is a great band. They packed the house and the audience left dancing. I can't wait to have them back.” - Holmes Hooke, Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON
ACCOLADES for latest, self-titled (live) CD
“... a solid reputation for razor-sharp stage shows... Happily, both their current and future fans can enjoy this crystal-clear document of the beautifully performed show RMR put down that night (at Hugh's Room, Toronto)... the level of delighted engagement by the audience is obvious throughout. Recommended. - Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine, London, Ontario
“...an album brimming with high energy ... If you want a taste of Rant Maggie Rant live, this is the sonic dram for you.” - Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
“Rant Maggie Rant CD is the BEST live Recording in Years! They play so tightly and perfectly that you would wonder if this is really a live recording. Only when you hear the enthusiastic cheering of the audience then you know it’s really live.” - Baxter Labatos, The Celtic Music Fan, On-line Review, The Philippines
Publicist, Rant Maggie Rant