Don Roy Trio Concert
Come hear the Don Roy Trio play at 4:00 on Sunday, February 9th at First Congregational Church in South Portland. The trio, featuring Don Roy on fiddle, Cindy Roy on piano and step-dancing, and Jay Young playing bass, deliver tight, seamless sets of tunes, with driving energy and passion. They will be joined by Rossby, Elsie and Oliver Arnott.
Don Roy is firmly rooted in the FrancoAmerican musical tradition. A champion fiddler, he is also a celebrated luthier, playing his beloved music on a fiddle he crafted himself. Don embraces each part of the music and audiences are quickly caught up in the infectious joy he shares.
Cindy Roy grew up amidst the fabled house parties of her grandparents day. Today she is known as the heartbeat of the group, marking the pulse of each tune with her percussive footwork as she accompanies Don on piano. Cindy also showcases her footwork with the occasional stepdance. Cindy and Don were awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 20178 - the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts - recognizing their artistic excellence and supporting their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
Jay Young joined forces with the Roys in the 1980s, offering a conversant folk repertoire and claims to have developed a psychic connection with Cindy, allowing the group to shift intuitively through each moment of music, producing a harmonious and flawless listening experience for their listeners.
Joining the trio will be three talented siblings: Rossby (14), Elsie (12), and Oliver (10) Arnott of Otisfield, Maine, each began playing the fiddle when they were four years old. They were mostly self-taught until they met Don Roy at the 2016 Waterford Worlds Fair Fiddle contest, which Rossby won. Although winning the contest was great, Rossby is first to admit that meeting Don Roy was the real award. Since then Rossby and Elsie have enjoyed taking lessons from Don and playing with the Don Roy Trio. They were honored to play as special guests at the 2017-2019 Fiddle-icious concerts. All three are blessed to serve in the music ministry at their church. Besides fiddling, Rossby enjoys learning how to build violins under Dons mentorship and serving in the Civil Air Patrol. Elsie loves horses and spends her free time crocheting, and Oliver is the family naturalist and budding weatherman.
Tickets are $12 ahead of time (available online at Brown Paper Tickets.com and locally at the church office and Nonesuch Books). The cost will be $15 at the door. Children under age 16 are half price. Proceeds will be split between the church and Greater Portland Family Promise. Snow date is February 16th.
First Congregational Church, UCC (View)
301 Cottage Road
South Portland, ME 04106
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|