Rant Maggie Rant – March 7, 2020

Returning for their 6th trip to The Mary Webb Centre on Saturday, March 7, 2020, Rant Maggie Rant put on another amazing, upbeat and lively concert.  It turned out that this concert was their first with a slightly new group of musicians.  With a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers, they covered a range of Celtic music from the seven Celtic nations around the world.  The band has evolved over the years and besides often playing these songs with a Rant Maggie Rant touch, they are also writing and singing many of their own songs.  Each time that they return to TMWC, they continue to impress with their wonderful variety of tunes, new and not so new.

Playing a wide selection of instruments, including new members Paul Gibbon’s demonstration of the very interesting Uilleann bagpipes and Jennifer Thorpe’s several different accordions, the group provided an intriguing group of instrumental songs with all members getting their share of the limelight.  Their energy and enthusiasm as a group was very catching and they had the whole place caught up with this enthusiasm, so much so that at the finish of their last song, they were not let off the stage.  Their encore piece was a rousing instrumental mix of 6 songs that once again let the whole band show off their amazing talents.  Another wonderful concert at The Mary Webb Centre for the Arts.

One interesting connection between Rant Maggie Rant and the MWC building is that fiddler Lindsay’s grandmother attended church when it was the Highgate United Church and that Lindsay had come to church here with her grandmother.  

Photo by Bob Sutton