The Outside Track, a stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, will perform Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, The Outside Track’s five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step dance and vocals, these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. The lineup features Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner) and Cillian O’Dalaigh. The band have enjoyed five years of extensive touring in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Tickets, $15, can be purchased at the door or online at Next up at Unity College Centre will be The Kane Sisters Thursday, July 7 ($15); and The Brew Friday, July 8 ($12.50).

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to