Acoustic brunch offers hearty balance between food and music

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW - Shakespeare had it right. “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Jannine Howell opens the doors of The Celtic Circle on Forbes Street, New Glasgow. 

The only thing better is combining music with food, and that’s exactly what The Celtic Circle is doing.

Since September, they’ve been alternating between acoustic and jazz brunches on Sundays.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody on a Sunday afternoon to take in local talent,” Crystal Mann, one of the regular acts, said.

This week, Mann is pairing up with local musicians Dolores Dagenais and Corey Chisholm for unplugged acoustic music.

The three acts will be pairing original material with old favourites.

Mann plays a lot of Rita MacNeil tunes, while Dagenais and Chisholm favour the folk genre.

Mann said people can expect easy listening songs, such as hits from Stan Rogers and Blue Rodeo, while they enjoy a meal or simply a tea.

The experience is similar to a songwriter’s circle, she said, which allows the artists to interact with each other and the audience.

It goes from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“As long as there’s people there, we’ll play.”

Mann, who has a lot of food restrictions including a wheat allergy, said the food options allow her to find something tasty without the worry.

There’s also no pressure to eat a lot. The food is a la carte, meaning you pay by item, rather than a large buffet.

“It takes the pressure off. It’s more flexible,” Mann said.

The cover charge for the music is $5 and free for anyone 12-years-old and younger.

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  • Agnes Chisholm
    November 10, 2013 - 17:51

    What a great way to spend an afternoon.really enjoyed ourselves.fantastic food and entertainment.Cant wait to do it again!