ECMA nominees play traditional music at the Osprey

Travel with the Papilio Trio from Old Europe to the New World

Published on March 19, 2014

Guitarist Phil Schappert, flutist Jen Publicover and fiddler/violinist Anthony Rissesco are Papilio. They’ll play traditional Celtic music from Europe and Canada on Saturday March 22, 8 pm at the Osprey.

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The Osprey presents a treat for the fan of traditional music. The ECMA nominated Papilio trio – fiddle, guitar, flute and voice – will take the audience on a musical journey from Europe to the New World on Saturday, March 22 starting 8 pm.

Papilio is up for an ECMA this year in the category of “Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year” for their new album First Flight.

The members of Papilio are Jen Publicover on Irish flute, modern flute and bodhrán along with Anthony Rissesco on violin/fiddle and vocals, as well as guitarist Phil Schappert.

The music of Papilio is a journey back to the European roots of traditional music. Papilio describes itself as a “neo-celtic/world progressive/traditional acoustic trio.”

The trio will present music from Ireland, Scotland, Galicia/Asturia (Spain), Scandinavia, Brittany, the Balkans, and beyond. Then it’s back to home soil in Cape Breton, the Maritimes and Quebec where those traditions took root and flourished.

Their repertoire is a unique and varied mix of instrumentals and folk songs featuring Anthony’s baritone voice.

Of course, the Papilio trio interprets these traditional musical styles with their own creative twists. And they write their own music in the spirit of these traditions.

Admission is $20 for adults and just $7 for students. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in the Osprey theatre.