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New Brunswick’s Kathleen Gorey-McSorley to perform in Unity

Posted June 12, 2013, at 1:12 p.m.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street, Unity, Maine

For more information: 207-948-7469; uccpa.unity.edu

New England Celtic Arts in collaboration with Music New Brunswick and the Kingfield POPS will present Canadian fiddler, Kathleen Gorey-McSorley with Mike Hall, at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 20th. Show starts at 7:00PM. There will be an open jam session starting at 6:00pm in the lobby. Tickets are $15.

Irish/Celtic fiddler Kathleen Gorey-McSorley has spent the last year thrilling audiences in Ireland, the United States and various parts of Canada. Kathleen’s latest CD “Ceol Binn” (Irish For Sweet Music) was nominated for an ECMA award as Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year and was nominated for Traditional Roots Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year at the Music New Brunswick Awards in 2011.

Kathleen’s fiddling, dancing and vocals had the Grand Lake Stream Folk and Arts Festival and PEI’s Festival of Small Halls audiences clapping their hands, tapping their feet and dancing in the aisles. She was selected to perform in the all-star Fiddlefest at the Music Awards Gala at the East Coast Music Awards in April 2011. Last July she traveled to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria where she performed with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Kathleen returned from a tour of New England in June 2012 in time to graduate from high school and then headed to Halifax to perform at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in July.

Kathleen now resides in Dublin, Ireland where she is enrolled in a Bachelors degree program in traditional music and performance at the music conservatory of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike Hall was introduced to music by his father, a man with French Acadian roots who had a passion for the subject. By the time he was eight Mike was playing the accordion and getting his first exposure to Celtic music. He received his first fiddle at the age of thirteen and quickly became enamored with the music of Cape Breton players like Natalie MacMaster, Howie MacDonald, Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert and Ashley MacIsaac. It wasn’t until he made his first visit to Cape Breton in 2001 that Mike realized the depth of the culture and sheer volume of the music. This experience drew him back to the island repeatedly, culminating with a permanent move in 2008.

Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.uccpa.unity.edu or call 207-948-7469.

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education, which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.

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