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Group kicks up its heels on Monday
Composed of nine members, Barrage offers an eclectic mix of foot-stomping, energy-driven music. Preshow dinner provided by Johnny's Barbecue.


When: 7:30 p.m. Monday; dinner starts at 6 p.m.
Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St., Gainesville
How much: $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and students
More info: 770-534-2787 or The Arts Council

An eight-member group that combines high-energy dance and music is set to perform Monday night at the Georgia Mountains Center.

The Arts Council is presenting the show featuring Barrage, which was formed in Calgary, Canada, in 1996.

The group, visiting Gainesville as part of its "High Strung" tour, features six violinists, drummer, guitarist and bassist in a performance mixing singing, dancing and music.

Audience members can expect to hear Celtic music with a touch of classical, country, calypso, jazz, rock and folk.

"This production should have something for everyone," said Gladys Wyant, The Arts Council's executive director.

"Most of the violinists are classically trained but can easily slip into the different genres of music while kicking up their heels and not missing a beat," she said. "The guitars and drums add a fuller dimension to the overall sound, as do the vocals."

The group has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada.

Anthony Moore, Barrage's executive producer and co-creator, said the group "plays a wide variety of styles of music, so it's not like you're going to see an Irish fiddle show or a country music band.

"The music is delivered in a way you've never heard before. A lot of times you'll hear music that's familiar to you, but you would have never imagined it played by violin players - like big band music from the '30s is a great example."

Audiences will pick up on big band sounds, as well the Beatles and, "of course, some Appalachia fiddle style, as well," Moore said.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $32 for seniors and students. The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner.

The dinner is set to start at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.