Strathspey Notes: A Classic Concert Series

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre is a venue that not only showcases local entertainment as well as giving the opportunity to see international talent, the venue develops in house productions. Beginning with the hit summer series Brìgh and most recently with the comedy production of Sin Agad an Dòigh, Strathspey now presents Strathspey Notes: A Classic Concert Series.

The inspiration behind this show came from the desire to showcase local talent in anintimate setting, with focus on an acoustic style set. Executive Director, Tracey MacNeil is the driving force behind the Strathspey Productions and is looking forward to the upcoming event. “Each of the 6 concerts focuses on 2 musicians plus a common host – Buddy MacDonald. There are no big bands; rather you’ll hear roots and traditional sounds from some extremely gifted individuals. It is no secret that it is very challenging to put
bums in seats in Strathspey Performing Arts Centre. With just under 500 seats, the theatre is often too large for the population who supports it.  With a modest sized artist roster per event, SPAC won’t face exorbitant artist fees which carry high risk for failure. We reduce risk but are also creating wonderful musical opportunities for both artists and audience.

There will be 6 concerts in total – 3 in the spring and 3 in the fall. Each show will be hosted by singer song writer Buddy MacDonald. MacNeil explains the excitement that built up with performers when putting together the lineup for Strathspey Notes. “Buddy really embraced the idea. He had great input related to how it could all come together, and was, not surprisingly, up to the challenge! For Buddy, much as it was for the others who I subsequently spoke with, the idea of participating in the Strathspey Notes Classic
Concert Series offered a valuable chance to see and visit with old friends. As a musician myself, I understand what it is for many of these artists – these days everyone is so busy with ‘life’ things, that the opportunities to catch up are few and far between.  So in keeping with that theme, I challenge everyone out there to come out, take a friend, have a nice night out and visit with someone you don’t often have the chance to stay in touch with.”

Strathspey Notes begins on March 25 with Scott MacMillan and Brian Doyle. Show time is 7:30pm. Other notable names included on the event roster are Rachel Davis, Iain MacQuarrie, Kyle and Colin MacDonald, Rita Rankin, and many more! Full details including concert dates, as well as ticket purchasing can be found at www.strathspeyplace.com

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