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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Cantrip

PUTNEY—Twilight Music continues its 17th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, zydeco, Celtic, jazz, blues, and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 14, with high energy Scottish music bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.

Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the U.S., expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

Cantrip sprang from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland, seventeen years ago. The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell, or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship.

Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston.

For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #518 (Wednesday, July 10, 2019). This story appeared on page B2.

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