The Don Roy Ensemble—multi-award-winning fiddler Don Roy, his wife Cindy Roy, a pianist/guitarist and step-dancer, and Jay Young, bassist—will take to the EAC stage on Friday, July 21 at 7 pm. A reception by The Urb Company will follow the performance.
The Roys have been members of many successful groups including bluegrass, Irish, and French music and directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration. Don, a recipient of Maine Arts Commission Fellowship awards for excellence in traditional music in 1994, 2001 and 2008, is the music director of Fiddle-icious, a community fiddle orchestra with members of all skill levels. Don met Cindy on a blind music-playing date in 1980 and a year later the two were wed. They have been performing together ever since, both as a duo and with the Don Roy Ensemble, which has toured extensively, playing such venues as the Champlain Valley Festival, Burlington VT; National Folk Festival, Bangor ME; Library of Congress, Washington DC; and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Young started out as a folk player with a 12-string guitar, then slowly evolved into an electric guitarist then bassist. He has been playing upright bass since the 1970s and has been working with the Roys for more than 25 years.
The Concert Series runs through September 2; tickets are $10, and attendees 17 and under are admitted free of charge; tickets are available for purchase via the events calendar on the EAC website or at the EAC box office one half hour before each performance. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.