Each year a new troupe of musicians feature in The Best of Boxwood concert tour, with performances across Nova Scotia part of Musique Royale’s Summer Festival, celebrating the energetic, traditional dance music of Maritime Canada, Scotland, and Ireland. Taking place annually in Lunenburg, the Boxwood Festival is renowned for its inspiring, multi-generational environment of workshops and concerts centered around early and traditional music with experts and amateurs providing an immersive artistic experience. The Best of Boxwood tour showcases the fruits of these collaborations across Nova Scotia. This year, the featured performers are Catherine McEvoy (winner of TG4 Gradam Ceol Musician of the Year in 2019), Seán Heely (a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion), Eamon O’Leary (the much loved Irish singer and songwriter), and Janelle Lucyk (a baroque singer).
At the heart of the group is Chris Norman, who’s brilliant and imaginative flute playing has contributed to groups as diverse as The Baltimore Consort, Skyedance, Helicon, Chatham Baroque, Concerto Caledonia, as well as Hollywood soundtracks and seven solo recordings. His influential work as a performer, composer, recording artist, educator, and director of the Boxwood Festival & Workshop has played a significant role in reviving the flute in traditional Scottish and Canadian music.
Tickets are $21 and can be purchased at: best-of-boxwood-2022-in-iona
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