Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Fredericton Playhouse with an evening of Celtic music, dance and poetry.
Michelle Daigle has a long history as a Fredericton-based performer. Everything from dinner theatre to kitchen parties. She has worked as an actor, writer, director, producer, dramaturg, workshop instructor, visual artist and musician for longer than most performers active in the city today.
“My partner, Don Rigley, is also heavily involved in music, writing and visual art,” said Daigle. “In the fall of 2014 Don and I decided to concentrate, full time, on our careers as artists.”
Since making the decision to pursue music full time, Daigle and Rigley have been playing together as Frantically Atlantic, entertaining audiences with an eclectic mix of Celtic, folk, roots, Acadian, and traditional music and song performed on a staggering range of instruments.
After starting out playing strictly holiday themed music for Christmas get togethers, Frantically Atlantic eventually grew to become a year-round commitment with the hope of someday sharing their music from the Fredericton Playhouse stage.
After a year of curating their own series of online performances, the pair decided it was time to make their big stage concert idea a reality. They missed playing music with their friends and more importantly, they missed playing before a live audience.
“We are very excited to be mounting Sláinte: A Celtic Soirée, with a roster of stellar local musicians performing jigs, polkas, reels, rollicking songs, humorous songs, desperately sad songs and poetry.”
Joining Frantically Atlantic for the event are a cast of musicians, dancers and other performers including Dennis Beers, Michel Boudreault, TC Richards, Julie Robinson, Dan Steeves, Patrick Steeves, Julia Bannister and Mary Baruth.
The event takes place March 17 at the Fredericton Playhouse. Tickets are on sale now. A portion of our proceeds from Sláinte: A Celtic Soirée will go to support the Atlantic Wildlife Institute.