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Prescott church hosts Celtic Concert Series performance Sunday, Jan. 24

The Celtic Concert Series continues this weekend with a performance on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Light & Life Free Methodist Church, 2797 Willow Creek Road. The concert features Alan Reid, founding member of The Battlefield Band, and Rob van Sante. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Reid is a native of Scotland and has been an established Celtic performer for quite a long time, said David McNabb, director of the Celtic Concert Series.

"He was the founder and leader and keyboard player for The Battlefield Band," McNabb said, noting that everyone who knows Scottish music knows him and his music. "They were the longest running band Scotland ever had."

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for college students, $5 for church members and free for those 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door.

The reason for free admission for those 18 and under is out of a desire to get the younger generation interested in Celtic music, McNabb said. It's not a genre normally heard on the radio and McNabb said he doesn't want a love for the music to die out.

Though most who perform for the Celtic Concert Series are bands, this performance is one of the rare duos, McNabb said. Reid is talented in keyboarding and songwriting while van Sante is a good singer, rounding out the sound, he added. The latter is from England, but he has been performing Celtic and folk music for all his life, McNabb said.

"They're a good match as a duo," he said, mentioning that they also have humorous moments throughout the show. "They complement each other well.

It's not all music, though. The show starts with a Celtic quiz with a reward or prize for every correct answer as well as a Celtic humor section, McNabb said. The artists are also bringing their own CDs.

For more information, call McNabb at 928-771-1218.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2037, or at 928-642-5277.

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