Scottish music on tap at Celtic festival

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Pro-Art Association will present an evening of Scottish music as part of the annual Big Stone Gap Celtic Festival beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Admission is free.

Direct from Scotland are Alan Reid, member of the Battlefield Band from 1969 to 2010, and Dutch-born Rob Van Sante, a guitarist of skill and an accomplished songwriter. Together they will present an evening of old and new music.

Their portion of the evening combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Van Sante, with Reid’s keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing by both.

Reid and Van Sante will be joined by The Ocean Celtic Quartet, composed of Jennifer Cutting, accordion and keyboard; Lisa Moscatiello, vocals, whistles, guitar; Andrew Dodds, fiddle; Steve Winick, vocals and percussion.

The Ocean Quartet offers soaring ballads, stirring sea chanteys, blazing fiddle and accordion tunes, putting their unique spin on traditional songs and Cutting’s original compositions.

This group can raise goosebumps as they perform originals contemplating the seasons of nature and human life, alongside the oldest songs from British and Celtic tradition.

The program is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or assistance for persons with special needs, visit or call 276-376-4520.

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