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At the Outremont Theatre, eight voices sing of the Isles

Singer/composer Karen Young is continuing a busy year with a new vocal production called Strange Tales from the Isles – traditional folk songs from the British Isles composed for eight voices, with harp and bass accompaniment.

Young, who is fascinated by polyphonic choral possibilities, has gathered around her top-flight musicians to join her on stage June 2 at the Outremont Theatre for the Montreal debut of this project.

Singing with Young are her daughter, soprano Coral Egan, altos Josée Lalonde and Linda Morrison, tenors Phil Dutton and Jonathan Davis, basses Normand Richard and David Cronkite, with Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau (harp), and Pierre Cartier (bass guitar).

Choir members will have solos on the songs – intriguing stories about raw human emotions of love, jealousy, and mourning, and a bit of magic. They are based on Scottish, Welsh, and English traditions. Most of the songs are in English. The musical arrangements are Young’s, including a haunting version of Robert Burns’ Lie Near Me.

The Outremont Theatre, 1248 Bernard, Outremont and tickets $40, seniors $30, students $23. Info: 514-495-9944 x1

 

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