Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Prince Edward Island fiddler Ward MacDonald Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by sending e-mail to jsullivan@unity.edu.

MacDonald grew up in the Scottish fiddling traditions of Prince Edward Island. His playing reflects four generations of family fiddling and is spiced with a unique blend of Cape Breton, Acadian and Irish influences. As an emerging composer, he has been featured at concerts, festivals and square dances across Atlantic Canada; and has traveled with his music as far as Cuba and the Bahamas. He also has taught and performed at fiddle camps in New Brunswick, Vermont, Maine, Colorado and the Yukon.

Ward will share the stage with musical friends Ryan MacNeil (keyboards) and special guest Ben Miller (smallpipes and border pipes). MacNeil’s love for Celtic music has given him the good fortune of performing with his family band, The Barra MacNeils; forming a Celtic fusion group called Slainte Mhath; playing keyboards with the dazzling dance show The Stepcrew and touring Japan and America with Ireland’s The Chieftains. Miller’s repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes. He has been an instructor at The Piper’s Gathering in Vermont and the Maine Pipes and Fiddle Weekend.

Next up at the Centre is Celtic fiddler Richard Wood Thursday, March 29 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.