Review by Hilary Prince
For a fun-filled, family evening of music, story, and song, Margie Carmichael and Mark Haines entertain at the Kings Playhouse, Georgetown from July to September.
These two well-known singer-songwriter-musicians offer a fresh, humourous, and exciting evening that appeals to all ages right down to tiny tots who can dance in the aisles and challenge the champions in a newly invented, still secret Island game...the potato joust. Children of all ages are encouraged to meet the Mount Stewart Masher (a.k.a. Margie) and the Fortune Flyer (a.k.a. Mark) in a duel using "lethal" spoons as weapons. Children outwit the professionals every time. There's even a prize.
Mark Haines, on fiddle and guitar (usually partnered with Tom Leighton) teams up well with Margie Carmichael on guitar, piano, and bodhran. Both entertainers delight audiences with their own songs, some from Mark's and Tom's new CD, Hand to Hand as well as favourites from Margie's albums, including the ever-popular, "Red dirt road."
The two entertainers instruct the audience in the difference between a gig and a reel, as well as a musical demonstration of the "bloodlines of a tune" which may fascinate young musicians. There is a song about St. Anne's Reel, another wondering "How in the name of God do you become an Islander?" as well as The Old Soldier's Tale (Haines) and a charming Quebecois duet, to name only a few.
Mark's extraordinary fiddle playing and wonderful voice, Margie's instrumentals, story-telling, humour and voice, their combined song-writing talents and special attention to children in the audience make for a happy, relaxing, fast-paced evening that is ideal for Celtic and folk fans of all ages.