Events

You may reserve tickets to a show by emailing mfournier@unity.edu or by calling 207-948-7469.

For information on what’s showing in the Leonard R Craig Gallery, visit our Exhibits page.

Troy MacGillivray

Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 PM
Presented by Skye Theatre
Tickets $15
www.troymacgillivray.com

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, Troy MacGillivray’s musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline.

MacGillivray’s first 2 recordings, BOOMERANG and MUSICAL TIES, received East Coast Music Award nominations as well as Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia nominations. MUSICAL TIES is a blend of contemporary and original compositions with two hundred year old melodies played on the piano and fiddle while BOOMERANG is a demonstration of the piano and fiddle played in the purist traditional styling’s. MacGillivray’s third solo album, ELEVEN, is a tribute to his Highland heritage. The album is named in honor of his grandfather, fiddling pioneer Hugh A. MacDonald – “Hughie No. 11.”

MacGillivray has showcased at a number of prestigious events, including the East Coast Music Awards, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Barbados Celtic Festival and the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival – not to mention numerous dances, concerts and ceilidhs throughout Canada and the United Kingdom.

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes.

Roosevelt dime

Saturday, December 1st at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 advance/ $12 at the door
www.rooseveltdime.com

Imagine yourself relaxing on a steamboat as it lazily floats down the Mississippi River all the way to The Big Easy. Suddenly, the band strikes up a tune, music fills the air and everyone is on their feet, clapping, dancing and singing along.

Welcome to the world of Roosevelt Dime, a five-piece band from Brooklyn, New York that blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk to create an original sound best described as King’s County Steamboat Soul. Band members mix banjo, electric and washtub basses, percussion, trumpet and woodwinds into a sound that is sure to bring listeners out of their seats in a toe-tapping frenzy. The New York Times has described Roosevelt Dime’s nontraditional lineup and seamless mixture of musical genres as “a perpetual crowd-pleaser”.

Roosevelt Dime has been featured in No Depression, On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt, and official showcases at the North East Regional, and International Folk Alliance.

So hop aboard the S.S. Rosie and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 4th
4:30-6:30PM
$10 Suggested Donation

Partake in a simple meal of soup and bread served in clay bowls hand crafted by Unity College students and professional potters from around the state. Good company will abound as we raise funds in support of the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry and the Veggies For All project, both of which provide much-needed food aid to food insecure families throughout western Waldo county.

Chris Stout & Catriona MacKay

Thursday, December 6th at 7:30 PM
Presented by Skye Theatre
Tickets $20
www.chrisstout.co.uk

“The one fact that seems to momentarily escape you throughout this musical journey, is that you are listening to just the two instruments. The harp and fiddle have so much to offer in terms of depth and range, that anything else would be an intrusion apart from the silence between the tracks. Breathtakingly beautiful stuff.” (Northern Sky)

Having gigged, explored and sculpted their musical identities together for 15 years now, Catriona McKay (Scottish Harp) and Chris Stout (Shetland Fiddle) continue to evolve and create a sound and style “operating at a rarefied level of expertise” (The Herald). They recorded their first duo cd “Laebrack” in 2005 and have been part of many other projects together over the years as trustworthy collaborators.

The crafting of their voice as a duo which blends “elemental intensity with graceful eloquence” (The Herald) has drawn them to explore new music and new ideas for this partnership of traditional instruments – “sensual, throaty fiddle lines…harp is deliciously angular and haughty” (Irish Times).

ME Hearts NY Fundraiser featuring the Coloradas

Saturday, December 8th
7:00PM
Tickets $10

In a mission that is in-keeping with the environmental and community service focus of the student body, students at Unity College have organized a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
 The students are hosting a fundraiser on December 8 here at the UCCPA at 7:00PM. The event will feature a concert by The Coloradas, information about hurricane relief, and presentations by Unity College students.

At the center of relief efforts is a group of first-year Unity College students enrolled in a class called The Unity Experience, which stresses Unity values including community engagement and environmental responsibility. In addition to the concert, the students are planning a trip to affected areas to offer volunteer support later in December. For more information about the project or to offer a donation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting hurricane relief contact John Zavodny at (207) 948-9129 or e-mail jzavodny@unity.edu.

Many thanks to Community Radio WERU (89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor) for being the media parter for the ME Hearts NY relief project! www.weru.org

More about the Coloradas: Roy Davis and Bernie Nye (both Waldo County natives) are the songwriting team that brought us the critically acclaimed albums Deadweight and We Are A Lightning Bolt. They’ve teamed up with Maine-based and nationally renowned bluegrass musicians Joe Walsh (The Gibson Brothers), Amanda Kowalski (Della Mae) and Steve Roy (Laurie Lewis, Hit & Run Bluegrass) to bring us the Coloradas. The group combines traditional bluegrass and blues with modern-day stories of life’s many concerns. www.thecoloradas.com

MORE UPCOMING EVENTS…

12/13: Lina Boudreau Trio

12/27: The Gawler Family

1/6: Benefit Concert for Judy Rock featuring the January Men

2/2: Maine Outdoor Film Festival