Scottish, Quebecois music at Next Stage

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PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Scottish, Quebecois and world music from New England and Canada by Les Poules Colin and Pipers Den at Next Stage on Friday, at 7:30 pm.

Les Poules Colin is a Montreal-based quintet that, despite the young ages of its member (22 to 27), has been touring Canada, the U.S., Europe, the UK, Australia and Africa for over eight years. Their sound seamlessly blends music drawn from some of Quebec's finest trad musicians with North American influences that range from old-time to jazz.

Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional songs, primarily in French but with some English compositions, that showcase their vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. With fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion, Sarah Marchand, B atrix M th , l onore Pitre, Colin Savoie-Levac and Marie Savoie-Levac reveal a unique and modern perspective on traditional Qu bec culture.

Pipers Den bridges the gaps between traditional and contemporary Scottish, folk and world music. Hazen Metro, Dan Houghton and Tristan Henderson are a midnight-meeting of three composers and multi-instrumentalists, singing and playing highland bagpipes, Scottish border pipes, small pipes, flute, whistles, guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran and foot percussion. Dan Houghton has toured and taught extensively throughout Britain, Europe, Ireland, America, Asia and the Antipodes, and also performs with Scottish power-trad band Cantrip, the Salsa fusion band Salsa Celtica and the Celtic rock band Prydein.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $20 Advance / $24 at the door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, the Putney General Store and Turn It Up in Brattleboro. For more information, visit www.lespoulesacolin.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.

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