A brilliant blaze of Celtic colour will light up beautiful Georgian Bay when the high-energy ensemble Rant Maggie Rant takes to the stage at Meaford’s Harbour Pavilion on Tuesday, July 1 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm as part of the municipality’s Canada Day Celebration.
A joyful explosion of sound, Rant Maggie Rant is loved bytraditionalists, 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) from Toronto.
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, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre 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. Upcoming concerts include the Home County Music & Arts Festival on July 19, the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival from August 8-10, as well as with the highly regarded Windsor Symphony Orchestra on November 15-16, 2014.
The band has three CDs to their credit: self-titled (2013), Frost & Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration (2011) and World’s Edge (2009).