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Award-winning instrumentalist Troy MacGillivray to present Tune Poets show

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MAINE/NEW ENGLAND - Troy MacGillivray has played over 200 performances already in 2012 ... and he's not done yet! This year alone, he has played throughout Alaska, Washington, California, West Virginia, Ireland, Denmark and seven Canadian provinces. 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, MacGillivray has assembled a show he is calling Tune Poets and will present it at a series of venues in New England Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.

Poetry is the expression of feelings and ideas using distinctive style and rhythm, and although the greats often use words to capture the lyrical, these instrumental Tune Poets have done so with the wonderful melodies they have created. 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. The Tune Poets show will be informative, lively and engaging, delivered with MacGillivray's impeccable playing, fabulous arrangements and well-researched commentary. Tune Poets presents a wide and varied mix of music that will captivate the audience with both sound and story.

'I'm looking forward to returning to New England and am very excited to share this new show with those who enjoy traditional music as much as I do,' said MacGillivray. 'This is the first time Allan will be playing in New England with me, so we're looking forward to sharing some great tunes from some of my favourite composers and musicians.' 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 to name a few. As director of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique, Dewar is excited to be part of Tune Poets, joining in the sharing of old and new tunes alike.

In addition to inspiring traditional music, ticket holders also have the chance to win a weekend getaway to Nova Scotia. Pictou Lodge Resort ( is a true Nova Scotia experience that is as delightful as it is utterly relaxing. The Lodge overlooks the incredible sandy beaches of the Northumberland Shore and features a wonderful variety of accommodations, culinary treats, eco-adventures and spectacular views. A lucky ticket holder from MacGillivray's New England tour will enjoy two nights' accommodation, a dinner for two and breakfast for two each morning at one of Canada's ocean playgrounds. Reserve your tickets early!

Upcoming concert dates include:

  • Nov. 25 Knights of Columbus Hall, Calais, ME
  • Nov. 26 430 Bayside, Ellsworth, ME
  • Nov. 27 St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, ME
  • Nov. 28 Skye Theatre, South Carthage, ME
  • Nov. 29 Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, Unity, ME
  • Nov. 30 House Concert, Lebanon, NH
  • Dec. 01 Canadian American Club, Watertown, MA

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