Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present two concerts in as many days: Troy MacGillivray and Kimberly Fraser will perform Thursday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion will play Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

Cape Breton times two

Fraser was born on Cape Breton Island and was nurtured within its rich musical heritage. She first began to impress audiences at age 3 with her step-dancing talents and soon after took up both the fiddle and the piano. She proudly owns the fiddle of her great great grandfather, spanning the musical tradition within her family for more than 100 years.  Fraser has shared the stage with such notables as Alasdair Fraser, Lunasa and Martin Hayes. She also is in demand for her piano skills, accompanying various Cape Breton fiddlers at home and abroad. She had the honour of being the pianist for the acclaimed Irish musical group Cherish the Ladies, during their tour of Sweden in May of 2004.

MacGillivray’s musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By age 6, he already was impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13, he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. MacGillivray has a roots-centered approach to his fiddling and piano playing that has the power to inspire any audience.

Tickets are $10.

Jazz, funk and more

With a pungent mix of soul, Latin, funk, reggae and good ol’ rock ‘n’roll, Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion offers a dense musical potpourri that is ever surprising. Coming from a musical family, Kearney was immersed from the start. However, her attempt at the classic “lady down the street” piano lessons ended after three weeks of young Jen’s efforts to interest said lady’s appreciation for the Fats Domino catalog she had learned by ear. When Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion comes to town, it’s time to get out the dance shoes.

Tickets are $18. For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre are Canadian folk fusion artist David Myles Thursday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.