Unity College Center for the Performing Arts

'Tune Poets' comes to Unity

Award-winning instrumentalist Troy MacGillivray unearths lesser-played tunes of great composers
Posted:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:30am

UNITY - On Thursday, Nov. 29, New England Celtic Arts will host Troy MacGillivray at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street  in downtown Unity. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the ticket price is $15.

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, Troy MacGillivray's musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. The multi-talented, multi-award winning instrumentalist is known for his ability to unearth the lesser-played but great tunes of respected composers. With such tunes in his repertoire, Troy has assembled a show he is calling "Tune Poets."

Although traditional poetry typically uses words to capture style and rhythm, these instrumental Tune Poets have done so with the melodies they create instead. Featuring the tunes of composers like Dan R. MacDonald, Angus Chisholm, Gordon MacQuarrie, Andre Brunet, John Morris Rankin and others, MacGillivray weaves into his set-list the history and background of the musical selections he is playing. Tune Poets presents a wide and varied mix of music that will captivate the audience with both sound and story.

MacGillivray has been performing as a musician from a very young age, across Canada, North America, and around the globe. He has been recognized with numerous honours including two East Coast Music Awards, and in September, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorating his contribution and dedication to preserving and promoting arts and culture in Nova Scotia and Canada. After the New England tour, he will head back in the studio to begin recording his highly anticipated sixth CD, set for release in 2013.

Accompanying him on this tour is Allan Dewar, a traditional pianist from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, who has not only toured extensively with MacGillivray, but also with Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac, and is the director of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique.

Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 948-7469.

For more information on this and other events at UCCPA, visit uccpa.unity.edu. For more information on Troy MacGillivray and "Tune Poets," visit troymacgillivray.com.


Event Date: 
Thu, 11/29/2012 - 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Unity College Center for the Performing Arts
42 Depot Street
Unity  Maine
Contact Name: 
Meg Fournier
Contact Phone: 
(207) 948-7469