Southampton United Church was filled to capacity on Saturday, September 22nd for an evening of Celtic music.
The concert featured a wide variety of melodies from old English to Welsh, Canadian Folk to Scottish and traditional spirituals to Irish. In Southampton where many, if not most, can claim a descendancy from the the British Isles, the concert was a harkening back to ancestral roots. The evening began when piper, Steve Wolfe, lead the performers into the church.
Performed in Southampton United Church, with its almost perfect acoustics and grand piano, the setting was ideal for the Celtic format that featured several performers, including the A Cappella Chamber Choir under the direction of the vivacious Jeanette Steeves, violinist Liam Nicoll, Tenor John De Jager, flautist Heather Bolton and pianist Anne Little.
Aria 21, a trio of young women, hosted the concert and performed a variety of selections that included Scarborough Fair, Frobisher Bay, Skye Boat Song, Ye Banks and Braes and many others.
Aria 21 performs the Scottish folksong ‘Skye Boat Song’
When it came to the finale, all the performers sang a rousing chorus of Will Ye No Come Back Again?, a Scottish Folk Song arranged by Mark Sirett, which called for an encore where the audience also joined in.
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