Editors note: 2-for-1 tickets all weekend long, including these performances, for Carbon County residents! If you’d like to experience something new, check out a show at the Opera House!
Girls with Guitars comprises three of rock’s hottest young female guitar slingers on stage on October 14. A trio of dynamic blues talents, Dani Wilde, Cassie Taylor and Samantha Fish have diverse backgrounds.
Wilde comes from Brighton, England and sings the blues with the old-school fervor of Aretha Franklin, but also takes a cue from contemporaries like Duffy and Joss Stone. She has shared stages with luminaries like Robben Ford, Candye Kane and Koko Taylor.
A mere 21 years old, Samantha Fish is already a hot property on the live music scene in and around her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Her high-heeled, rock-edged performances have won her a loyal local following and carried her to venues like Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, where she opened eyes during the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival.
Multi-instrumentalist Cassie Taylor has appeared on eight critically-acclaimed albums by her father, Otis Taylor, and accompanied him on tours all over the world. She was also a featured vocalist on Gary Moore’s 2008 release Bad For You Baby.
This trio of young, passionate performers is backed by a top-flight band of road-tested professionals ready to deliver hours of live blues excellence.
Celtic tradition takes over on Saturday, October 15 in the form of the Battlefield Band, from Scotland. Many think that Celtic music has largely been overtaken by pop elements, superseding the tradition implicit in this music. Not so with the Battlefield Band.
They pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, and mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments. It’s not about rock, it’s about Celtic music.
Billboard Magazine says, “What the internationally renowned Irish Band, The Chieftains, has done for Irish music, the Battlefield Band is doing for the music of Scotland.”
Under their banner ‘Forward with Scotland’s Past’, the Battlefield Band has been performing on the international scene for four decades, inspired by their heritage of Celtic music and the strength of the modern Scottish cultural scene.
Tickets for both shows can be purchased online at http://www.MauchChunkOperaHouse.com or by calling the box office at 570-325-0249.
They are also available at SoundCheck Records, just 2 blocks down the street from the Opera House. Call them at 570-325-4009.