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On March 2, we are in for a treat, as Stage North hosts a Juno-award-winning Canadian band, led by three talented siblings who are accomplished virtuoso instrumentalists, vocalists, and songwriters.

For those unfamiliar with the McDades, they are an immensely talented Celtic-rooted group out of Edmonton consisting of three siblings: Shannon Johnson, Solon McDade and Jeremiah McDade. Shannon Johnson plays a wicked fiddle, earning a reputation as one of the top fiddlers in Canada. She has made a name for herself as a composer, arranger and producer, and she and her brothers have performed and recorded, separately and collectively, with an impressive array of cross-genre musicians. She has honed her performance skills touring with the likes of Bill Bourne, Maria Dunn, Captain Tractor, Mad Pudding and Fear of Drinking. She has recorded with various others and continues to play classical violin as well.

The McDades began performing at an early age as a family band, from 1974 until 1994. If you like Celtic music that includes fiddle, tin whistle, bansuri, saxophone, guitar, and tight vocal harmonies, you will love this!

Although their music is grounded in Celtic traditions, The McDades introduce powerful folk-rock beats; multicoloured world music musical elements such as Indian tabla and bansuri (flute), Peruvian cajón (box drum) and North African darbuka (goblet drum); and Canada’s francophone tradition.

According to Roots Music Canada, The McDades’ most recent album, The Empress, “contains 11 tracks are beautiful vocal treatments of traditional tunes; stunning instrumentals on other pieces; and even a couple of surprises: a gorgeous cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Sundown’ and an emotionally powerful rendering of ‘Plain Gold Ring.’”

Accolades for the three siblings in their current configuration include a Juno Award in the Roots/Traditional Album (Group) category and two Canadian Folk Music Awards: Best World Group and Best Instrumental Group.

Stage North is excited to host this award-winning group. Don’t miss this event!

The Legacy Centre doors, and the Elks bar open at 6:30 p.m., and the kitchen party, …..er….. concert begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at The Source/Soulshine Music & Gifts, the library, Distractions, or online at stagenorth.org. Prices are $40 in advance ($35 for seniors), or $50 at the door. At no extra cost, groups can book table seating by calling Karen at 780-805-0367.

Stage North is booking the 2024 – 25 season and is accepting platinum and gold sponsors to be included in printed promotions, until May 25. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call Diane Knoot, at 780-805-4613.