Celtic blaze brings Irish musical fire to Owens on March 11Written by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian sensations Celtic Blaze will take the stage at the Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 8 p.m. March 11.
“This delightful group draws from its experience with traditional Celtic music and dance and adds a contemporary edge that is unique and innovative. Attendees will be amazed by the group’s impressive musicianship and joyous blend of Celtic influences and contemporary sensibilities,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
Celtic Blaze was established in 2006 by renowned step dancer and fiddler Stephanie Cadman. The group also features singing and fiddling by Miranda Mulholland, guitar by James Quinn, bass by Devin Hornby, percussion by Kirk White, and piano and marching snare drum by Brad Fremlin. Its latest album was released in 2009 and is available at numerous outlets, including www.cdbaby.com.
“I think there are probably a lot of great Celtic bands that come through the area, but this is more of a theatrical experience, it’s very visual,” Cadman said. “It’s very high energy and intimate at the same time, with good storytelling. Our show is still relatively new and we’re definitely learning through our connection with the audience.”
The Ottawa native is known throughout Canada as a member of the Country Music Television super group Belle Starr, which also features Miranda Mulholland, as well as Kendel Carson. She also spent a number of years with Bowfire. Cadman has shared the stage with Ashley MacIsaac, The Chieftains, Colin James, Jason McCoy, Lara St. John, Amy Sky and opened ‘NYE 2010’ for Frankie Valli and The Eagles in Houston. She also starred in Sir Sean Connery’s 2009 “Dress to Kilt” benefit concert in NYC.
Her extensive professional background in dancing includes tap, Celtic step dancing, ballet and jazz. She has appeared as a dance soloist and fiddler with symphonies throughout North America, highlighted by appearances with the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony Orchestra.
“I grew up in a musical family. From a very early age, my mom couldn’t keep me off the stage and I started going to fiddling contests throughout Ontario. I think it’s something that touches a lot us, it’s just part of the culture here.”
Tickets for Celtic Blaze are $23. They may be purchased by contacting the college box office or by visiting www.owens.edu. All seating is general admission.
For information, call (567) 661-2787.