Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Buddy MacDonald and Rachel Davis Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.

MacDonald’s career as a singer, songwriter and entertainer began 30 years ago. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, he was exposed at an early age to the singing and story telling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island and much of his songwriting is still influenced by this style. He has entertained audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland and Scandinavia, performing as a solo act and in different combinations with other musicians from Cape Breton. He has performed on stage with many of Eastern Canada’s traditional artists such as Natalie MacMaster, Howie Mac Donald, Ashley MacIssac, Dave MacIssac, John Allan Cameron and more.

Now considered one of the best young Cape Breton style players currently on the circuit, Davis was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the 2009 Frank “Big Sampy” Sampson Award, sponsored by the Celtic Colours Festival Volunteer Driver Association and Lakewind Sound Studios to give financial aid for Cape Breton artists to record their first CDs. Her self-titled debut album was released during the Celtic Colours Festival that October and has received rave reviews.

Tickets are $15. Next up an the Centre is the Nuala Kennedy Band Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org.

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