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Dec 10, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Rant Maggie Rant presenting its brand of Celtic ‘rabble rousing’

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason cgreason@stratfordgazette.com

For the sixth incarnation of their annual Frost and Fire series, Rant Maggie Rant has relocated the Christmas performance to Knox Presbyterian Church.

The show had previously been held at City Hall.

Rant Maggie Rant singer Glen Dias explains that the band had been approached by Knox representatives looking to collaborate.

“We’re thrilled to play a Christmas show in that venue,” he says.

He describes the Frost and Fire shows as taking “a normal Rant Maggie Rant show, with all the jigs and reels and kitchen party atmosphere, and adding a blast of seasonal music.”

Frost and Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration will be held as a fundraiser for Knox Church. Money raised by the event will go towards needed renovations and restoration at the historic downtown Stratford church.

The show will feature a mix of original and traditional songs, as well as reinterpreted contemporary music. Or, as Dias offers, “somewhat traditional Christmas music, and other songs that are somewhat off the track… A grab bag of Christmas music combined with the rollicking Rant Maggie Rant brand of Celtic rabble rousing.”

Dias says the aim of any Rant Maggie Rant show is to get the audience up out of its chairs.

“Dancing is always encouraged,” he says.

During select songs, the band will include guest performances by local talent, including competitive fiddle champion Dan Stacey; percussionist Graham Hargrove- whose specialty is the Celtic bones; Celtic-harpist Rosanna Vito, who’s been playing since the age of seven; and singer/artist Lucinda Jones, whose torchy blues tones Dias first heard when he began voice-coaching her a year and a half ago.

“We’re particularly thrilled about having these four guests,” says Dias. “It’s nice that they’re not only professional musicians, but friends as well.”

He adds that the tight-knit community of artists is one of the many beautiful things about living in Stratford.

Frost and Fire: A Celtic Celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13. Door open at 8 p.m. while the show starts at 9. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are available at Fanfare Books, Knox Church, or www.rantmaggierant.com.

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