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Cantrip

  • North Congregational Church 1325 Main Street Saint Johnsbury, VT, 05819 United States (map)

Tickets: $10 all seats

A dynamic trio of Scottish traditional musicians, Cantrip has been stunning audiences on several sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with its blend of Breton, Scandinavian, Basque, and several strands of Celtic music plus a touch of the Balkans. With Jon Bews on fiddle, Dan Houghton on bagpipes, and Eric McDonald on guitar, they weave together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, to take the audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Together they create a musical fabric of the finest colors and textures, in driving and inspiring reels and jigs, sensitive and contemplative slow airs, and always with a touch of humor. The unexpected twists and turns in rhythmic nuances borrowed from funk, jazz, and blues with the compelling potency of their native Scottish traditions are reflected in their name—an old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell, or piece of mischief.