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Rosie MacKenzie & Maxim Cormier
July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20
Rosie MacKenzie has been a professional fiddler and singer for over fifteen years touring, recording and teaching extensively internationally. She first came onto the scene at age 11 as an original member of The Cottars. The group successfully recorded three full-length albums under Rounder Records, toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and shared the stage with The Chieftains, Elvis Costello, and Natalie MacMaster. The band earned themselves two East Coast Music Awards, and their televised performance was nominated for a Gemini Award.
Rosie is set to release her newest album this Fall with a launch scheduled in Canada and Ireland. Recorded in Dingle, Ireland with guitarist Matt Griffin, this is a collection of original songs and compositions. She released her first solo album in 2010 titled The MacKenzie Project and continued to work with many well known artists such as John McDermott, Nathan Rogers, and the Tom Fun Orchestra giving sold out performances and appearing at several major North American music festivals.
Maxim Cormier is an award-winning guitarist and composer from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is trained in classical, jazz and world music with a B.Mus from Dalhousie University in guitar performance. He has performed across Canada and toured in Scotland, England, Australia, and France.
‘Maxim Cormier Plays J.S. Bach’ is Maxim’s solo recording, in which he performs classical music differently – with a flat pick on a steel string guitar. This differs from the norm, where classical guitar music is normally played on a nylon string guitar without a pick. “Maxim Cormier plays J.S. Bach” features music originally written for flute, lute, keyboard/voice (featuring mezzo-soprano Aurélie Cormier).
Maxim’s fourth studio album, ‘Maxim and Gervais Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar’ is a Celtic duo album with his father, Gervais, was released December 1 2017.
When he’s not working on his music, Maxim spends his time teaching others. He has taught at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, facilitated workshops for Celtic Colours International Festival’s “Roots to the Room” program, taught guitar with Feis Rois in the highlands of Scotland.
“His desire to do things differently led to his playing classical guitar with a flatpick, and it’s not just a worthy experiment, it’s a revelation.” (Bob Mersereau/Top 100 Canadian Blog)