Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Cantrip, a trio of Scottish and American traditional musicians,  Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by sending e-mail to jsullivan@unity.edu.

Cantrip has been pleasing audiences since the end of the last century with its driving blend of twin fiddles, bagpipes and guitar. The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship. From the strong base of its Celtic roots their music branches out into, and takes influences from, the music of other European cultures.

Dan Houghton is a Scottish piper, flutist and DADGAD guitarist currently residing in southern Vermont. Winner of many competitions, he has toured and taught extensively and performs as a soloist as well as in various ensembles including the Celtic rock band Prydein.

The award-winning Brendan Carey Block has been performing since age 10. His love for the traditional fiddle music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia has had a huge part in crafting his current innovative and energetic sound which now incorporates jazz and rock elements as well as those from the many Celtic regions of the world.

Mandolinist Eric MacDonald was a founding member of Jaded Mandolin, spent two years touring with Maine’s Dave Rowe Trio and, as a mandolin accompanist, has performed with many songwriters. He also plays guitars and can be found playing for contra dances with his band Scoot! Mandolin instruction credits include the Maine Fiddle Camp.

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.