Scottish supergroup Cantrip in concert

The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell, or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the group’s musical arrangements and the compelling potency of their musicianship. Border pipes, fiddle, guitar, and three rich voices blend to create a sound energetic enough to tear the roof off. After 25 years of touring, Cantrip has found a character like no other. Echoes can be heard of trad music from the 1960s and 70s, but the years have slowly infused their music with the sounds of funk, metal, bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer. Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, Alasdair White, and Eric McDonald stir the elements in a magician’s cauldron, slowly coalescing into stunning chaotic order. The intimate setting and wonderful acoustics of Lopez’s Center Church promise a top-notch evening of music from Scotland and beyond! “Their music comes from wild landscapes and wild places of the spirit.” — The Orcadian

Cantrip will perform at Center Church on Lopez Island, Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested $20 – $30). More info at