, Gloucester, MA

February 7, 2013

From talent show to Scots reels

Talent show moved to March 23

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — Editor's note: The Annisquam Village Players have rescheduled Saturday's talent show. The show will instead go on on March 23. 

Chase away the winter doldrums by attending the ninth annual benefit talent show presented by the long-standing Annisquam Village Players on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Annisquam Village Hall.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 10, Parcel of Rogues will perform Scottish music at the Annisquam Village Church.

All are welcome to attend the Saturday show and potluck dinner that starts at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and features more than 20 acts by local performers of all ages, many of whom have graced the stages in the annual summer shows of the Annisquam Village Players.

The acts include singing, dancing, skits, readings and always a few surprises and special guests, usually a politician or two. The show always features a spoof from the previous year’s show, so this talent show features an act from “Wizard of Oz.” Proceeds go to Family Promise North Shore, an organization that helps low-income and homeless families achieve independence. A jazz band will perform during dinner. Organizers encourage newcomers to attend and experience this annual event.

The Annisquam Village Hall is at 32 Leonard St. in Gloucester. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16, with a family max of $30. For reservations, call 978-281-0376 or email If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.

The Parcel of Rogues are three old friends who come together to share their love of the music of Scotland, performing jigs, reels, and strathspeys. They will perform Sunday at 4 p.m.

Fiddler Calum Pasqua is a two-time winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition held annually at Blair Castle in Scotland. He was the first American ever to compete when he came away with first place. Calum grew up doing Scottish dancing with his Dundonian mother and playing bagpipes in the NYC Police Band.

Susie Petrov, the group’s piano and accordion player, discovered Scottish music through dancing when she was a teenager.

On her Scottish teaching travels, Petrov met fiddler Neil Ewart, a high school student at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, who lived on the remote Ardnamurrichan Peninsula.

The trio’s music spans the range from emotional slow airs to high-energy reels and jigs. Selections will be announced from the stage, inviting the audience to know more about the music of the day. It is rumored that the concert will include a bit of dancing and piping, with plenty of kilts and tartans.

Shortbread and tea follow the concert.

The church, known for its acoustics, is at 820 Washington St. in Gloucester. Tickets at the door are $15 or $5 for a child accompanied by an adult.

Gail McCarthy can be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.