Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cantrip celebrates release of first album in seven years, titled “The Crossing”, 8/1, Arlington

Cantrip celebrates release of first album in seven years, titled “The Crossing”

Cantrip is a leader in Scottish music. For over a decade, the power trio has been stunning audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit. From the strong base of Celtic roots their music branches out into and takes influences from the music of other European cultures. Weaving together traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, Cantrip takes audiences on a cultural journey, putting their own distinctive spin on the music.  On August 1st at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, the band celebrates the release of their first album in seven years, “The Crossing”. Four years ago, guitarist/mandolinist Eric McDonald joined Cantrip founders Dan Houghton (pipes) and John Bews (fiddle). Trimming the band to a trio tightened the sound, and the addition of McDonald opened new musical doors. “The Crossing” is the culmination of four years with this new partnership. Longtime fans will be satisfied to hear that Cantrip’s identity is not only alive and well, but constantly evolving. First time listeners will be enchanted by the powerful tones of Houghton’s bagpipe darting back and forth with Bews’ soaring fiddle, all the while blending with McDonald’s foundational guitar to create a remarkably rich texture. The songs are shared, with all three members taking turns as lead vocalist, and are bolstered with three part harmonies and tasteful arrangements. “The Crossing” marks a major new development in Cantrip’s already storied history, and should solidify them as a mainstay on the Scottish music scene. Come see them in action!

Dinner and a show.
Tickets are available through eventbrite.com and if not sold out, at the door. Patrons are advised to purchase in advance as the first two concerts did. And those patrons who purchase tickets in advance have the option to support the local economy with a complete night out by enjoying dinner and a show - ticket holders for that evening's concert are entitled to a 10% discount at the nearby Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Massachusetts Ave. (781) 648-2223) OR Szechuan's Dumpling, 1360 Massachusetts Ave. (781) 648-8882. Reservations are recommended.

Arlington-based notloB Music also presents concerts in Cambridge and Newton. See its full schedule at https://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic. Tickets for all concerts are available at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-music-6730833315. For more information see its Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/ - or email notlobreservations@gmail.com (please do not contact PACC).

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Saturday August 1st 8:00pm
Cantrip album Release presented by notloB Music
50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington MA 02476
$15/$12 students and seniors
Mail Chimp (mailing list) - http://tinyurl.com/notlobmail
Contact: notlobreservations@gmail.com - please DO NOT contact the venue.

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