The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) is delighted to announce that Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher, Celtic musicians from Prince Edward Island, will be back by popular demand for a concert on Saturday, March 31 at 7 pm. Acclaimed fiddler and step dancer Richard Wood has been hailed by Time Out London for having “the fire of a rock god and all the talent and skill of a master musician.” For more than two decades, Wood has been applauded by audiences across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Career highlights include TV appearances with Shania Twain on David Letterman and “Good Morning America,” a Carnegie Hall appearance with The Chieftains, a featured performance on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill program, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and an appearance with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.” Wood has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. Other notable gigs are Lincoln Center in New York City, Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World, and the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.” Wood is proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He has seven CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards.
Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 40 years, performing solo at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions and pubs. In 2014, Belsher received the Music PEI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His album “Vagabond Minstrel” was nominated for Male Solo Recording of the Year at the 2015 Music PEI awards; previously his CD “Passed Presence, Past & Present” won Roots Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2013 awards. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, in the US, the U.K., Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, Belsher’s engaging personality, charming voice and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.
Tickets for the concert are $15, and attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge; tickets are available for purchase at eastportartscenter.org, or at the EAC box office one half hour before the performance.
For more information about Richard Wood, please visit http://www.rwood.ca; for information about Gordon Belsher, please visit http://www.guernseycove.ca. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at http://www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.