Celtic band with attitude performs with ISO


PAUL MORDEN – The Observer

Mark Fletcher said he wishes he could afford to hire an orchestra to tour with his band Rant Maggie Rant.

It’s set to join the International Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia on Jan. 29, and the McMorran Theatre in Port Huron on Jan. 30, for what’s billed as a “Celtic Extravaganza.”

“It’s just an absolute rush,” Fletcher said about the experience of playing on stage with a symphony orchestra.

“It’s like a great big engine winding up behind you. You feel all that thundering power and precision.”

Rant Maggie Rant is made up of five musicians from the Stratford area, including several brought to Celtic music from other genres about two years ago.

“It was actually sort of a hand-picked group,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher, who plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute and pipes, and fiddler Lindsay Schindler had performed together, off and on, for years before they decided to form the group.

“We wanted to build a really strong stage and concert band,” he said.

So, they spent several months looking carefully for seasoned musicians that didn’t necessarily have a strong background in Celtic music. 


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