Rant Maggie Rant brings the green to Hugh’s Room Live on St. Patrick’s Day with a fine blend of traditional Irish music tempered with hint of Irish mischievousness. Book early for this show as it will sell quickly!
Since their debut in 2008, RANT MAGGIE RANT has consistently won over audiences at festivals, folk clubs, town halls, churches, concert halls and symphonic stages. The original goal was to take traditional Celtic music as the foundation, then liberally and unapologetically colour outside the prescribed lines. In a nut-shell, have fun!
Traditionalists love their approach, as they respect the time honoured styles. Drawing on the music from the seven Celtic nations, the obvious Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and the lesser known Isle of Mann, Galicia (Spain) and Brittany (France), as well as from Quebec and Canada’s East Coast, new Celtic music listeners are drawn to RANT MAGGIE RANT’s fusion of World influences. The ensemble moves effortlessly from Irish jigs to Galician munieras, from Scottish marches to Breton an dros, driving them with Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, African hand drumming and percussion, blues/rock guitar backdrops, revved up tempos, unexpected time changes, and a unique rhythmic attack. Their repertoire combines contemporary compositions with traditional tunes, often blending them together to deliver an intoxicating performance.
In the past few years, RANT MAGGIE RANT successfully toured Newfoundland, Chicago, Vancouver Island, Montreal, Ottawa and many places in between. They have just released their third eponymous titled CD, which was recorded live at Hugh’s Room, a prominent and prestigious Folk/Roots venue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Based in Stratford, Ontario, RANT MAGGIE RANT showcases the talents of:
Lindsay Schindler (fiddle, vocals): A founding member of RANT MAGGIE RANT, Lindsay is establishing herself as an electrifying performer: lightning fast and incredibly smooth with contagious energy, as well as a smile that lights up the stage. With a strong bow hand, she drives the music along. Lindsay has been playing fiddle since the age of four. A student of the Ottawa Valley style of fiddle playing, she recently lived in Corner Brook, Newfoundland for the past year where she was immersed in the rich heritage of East Coast fiddling. She is a former member of the Celtic band Shaggy Haggis.
Glen Dias (lead vocals, recorder and incidental percussion): A founding member of RANT MAGGIE RANT, Glen is an engaging front man and generous performer. His earliest influences and performances were in rock and UK folk music. With the Canadian west coast duo, ptarmigan (whose one and only self-titled album, released on Columbia Records in 1974, is now a much sought after vinyl collectors’ item), he opened several shows for the likes of world renowned jazz luminaries, guitarist Lenny Breau and flautist Paul Horn (who also discovered the duo and produced their album). This early career foray into folk was later followed by a professional career in music theatre and opera.
Barry James Payne (acoustic guitar, vocals): A roots-oriented singer and songwriter, Barry comes from a folk, blues and rock background. His project String Bone released its debut record in 2009, called ‘nadir’, with veteran troubadour Shannon Lyon at the producer’s helm and Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, ex-Wilco) contributing to several tracks. The CD received very favourable reviews from critics at home and abroad. Barry has played over 200 shows, including a tour in Europe.
RANT MAGGIE RANT almost always performs live as a 6-piece engaging additional musicians to round out their sound. The band’s current lineup is: Steve Clarke (electric and upright bass), Daev Clysdale (Irish Flute, whistles, accordion) and Alberto Suarez (drums & percussion). RMR have also engaged the talents of Rob Larose (drums & percussion), Graham Hargrove (drums & percussion), Loretto Reid (Irish Flute, whistles, concertina & button accordion), Dave Nuttall (Irish whistles and wind instruments) and Pat O’Gorman (pipes, Irish flute and whistles).
Photo by Steve Bayne