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“Music & Mischief” featuring Mari Black and Troy MacGillivray

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by Russell Gusetti

This concert airs April 10, at 7 p.m. EST, but with ticket purchase, you can watch again, any time, during an included 72-hour rebroadcast! Mari & Troy have chosen Blackstone River Theater to be the only New England presenter, and we will receive a 20% cut of all Blackstone tickets sold. The dedicated ticket link for BRT is:  

Blackstone River Theatre is excited to be the only New England presenter for this special concert, aptly called "Music & Mischief.” Hang onto your hats, friends! Champion Scottish and multistyle fiddler Mari Black and Nova Scotia/Cape Breton fiddler & piano extraordinaire Troy MacGillivray are about to team up for an unforgettable, shenanigan-ridden duo musical adventure! The evening will feature the driving Celtic dance tunes these two power-house musicians are both known for, but also new original material, explorations into different styles, and humorous bits that could never be possible in a live setting. Join us as Troy and Mari will let you into their playful collaboration that’s been over two years in the making. You are sure to laugh, tap your toes, and dance around your living room in joy.

MARI BLACK burst onto the international stage when she became Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, all within a 3-year period. Always eager to share her love of dance-driven music with audiences around the world, she has performed on five continents, playing everywhere from Celtic Festivals to Carnegie Hall and appearing on prominent radio including the BBC and NPR. Holding advanced degrees from the Yale School of Music and Columbia University, Mari is a passionate educator, teaching regularly at fiddle camps and workshops around the county. 

TROY MacGILLIVRAY is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From the age of 6, Troy was impressing audiences with step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. His first paid gig was at 9 years old and he was teaching by the age of 13 at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Cape Breton. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada. 

NOTE: The ticket price is $15 but there will be an additional $3.66 charge added on by the streaming platform that goes to them. Once purchased, you will have access to Mari & Troy's concert for 72 hours in case you want to watch it again or even at a time different from its initial live showing!