Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sideman, innovator and recording artist, award winner J.P. Cormier with The Elliots Thursday, March 8. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by sending e-mail to jsullivan@unity.edu.

Cormier is a young man with an ancient soul who has been performing all around the world for the past 23 years. He began playing guitar, self-taught, at age 5 and quickly became immersed in the rich musical heritage of his Cape Breton roots. By age 9, he was considered a genuine prodigy and won his first guitar competition against 30 other players three times his age; by his mid-teens, it became obvious he could play almost any stringed instrument he picked up. At 16, Cormier recorded his first album, a collection of bluegrass instrumentals. With the project in hand, he worked his way across the American festival circuit, leading to a move to the U.S. and 10 years of session work, live appearances and many memorable nights at the Grand Ole Opry. Since his return to Canada more than a decade ago, Cormier has released 10 award-winning recordings.

Next up at the Centre Ward MacDonald’s PEI Fiddle Camp and Pineland Fiddlers Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. ($15); for more information, call 948-7469 or visit unity.edu/uccpa.

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