Printable brochure of 2019 lineup IRF19 Brochure
Digital copy of our 2019 Season IRF19 Program Final
In partnership with the PEI Potato Growers
Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning The Raven’s Sun from 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name.
It is Movie Night at IRF!! Charlie Chaplin’s classic “City Lights” follows a thrilling performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, arranged by pianist extraordinaire, Dmitri Levkovich. The big silver screen and popcorn (!) come to IRF.
Lithuanian pianist Agnė Radzevičiutė has been praised by the press for her “sincere and meaningful” interpretations, and “exquisite musical sensitivity and conviction” (Seven Days of Art). Performance credits include a solo recital at the United Nations Concert Hall in Geneva, and she has won prizes in a dozen international piano competitions, notably the First Prize at the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.
Dmitri Levkovich is a highly praised Ukrainian-Canadian pianist and composer whose performances have been praised for “artistic sophistication far above the ordinary”(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
Dmitri honed his skills on the piano under the guidance of Sergei Babayan for 11 years and in composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the winner of more than a dozen international piano competitions, and has earned numerous ‘audience favorite’ awards and special prizes.
Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.
With its latest recordings, instead of attempting to make a more “accessible” follow-up to Bird’s Nest, The Fretless is taking advantage of the recent recognition by releasing an instrumental album of tunes representing the player’s traditional roots. Recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before a handful-sized audience assembled only a few feet away from the players, Live From The Artfarm (April 6th) is the raw result of this performance.
Marjorie Maltais and Jacques Arsenault join their beautiful voices together as French Squeeze for original accordion arrangements of favourite Parisian and Canadian songs. Sharing the stage are leading Canadian baritone Brett Polegato and pianist Robert Kortgaard with hit songs of love from classic music theatre.
Video by Janaka Welihinda
WONDER WOMEN! – A celebration of female composers. This performance will explore the compositions and lives of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Marianne von Martinez, and many more. Doors Open at 6:00pm
The role of the song and dance man is a noble calling. But restricting himself to only a couple creative pursuits would just not be enough for David Myles. Sure, the Maritime music maker’s song and dance mastery keeps getting more and more impressive—2017’s award-winning, vintage rock ‘n’ roll hip-swiveler Real Love and the spectacular, lush Francophone pop of 2018’s Le grand départ stand testament to that—but Myles is compelled to sally forth toward new challenges and accomplishments. This past year he released Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, a children’s book based on his beloved modern holiday classic, and dove back into the world of public radio, broadcasting his smooth baritone over Alberta’s CKUA airwaves on his new show Myles From Home. Not to mention he does it all while adhering to an unrelenting tour schedule that has seen him and comrades Kyle Cunjak (bass) and Alan Jeffries (guitar) grace stages ‘round the world.
Join us for an early fall afternoon filled with music and an array of comforting, homemade soups. This will be the ninth year for this fundraising event which has been a delicious success each year.
Various restaurants and chefs create soups made with fresh, local ingredients. For the price of your ticket, you can sample four different soups, which come in 4 oz servings. Wander between our new pavilion where the soup will be served and Historic St. Mary’s where music will be performed between 1 and 3 pm. It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavours, time with friends and family, music, and above all, you are helping us to continue bringing exceptional music to an extraordinary venue.
Enjoy musical performances by local artists Nikki Gallant and Mike Dixon.
It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavours made with locally sourced products, time with friends and family, music and above all, you are helping us continue to bring you exceptional music in an extraordinary venue!
The participating operators and their soups are below:
Samuels Coffee House
Carrot / Ginger
Gluten Free / Dairy Free
Ship to Shore
Tomato red pepper bisque Gluten free and Vegetarian
Crossings Cafe & Crystal Green Farms
Keto / Gluten free
Island Stone Pub
Chilled melon gazpacho
Gluten free / Vegan
Feel the beet soup
Organic beet and Cranberry
The Pearl Eatery
Classic Scotch Broth featuring Harmony Meadows Lamb Shank and Island Harvested Vegetables
O’Neil Home Gallery and Cafe
With Apple and Rosemary
Vegetarian (contains bread & cream)
ABOUT NIKKIE GALLANT
Nikkie Gallant is a singer/songwriter from Summerside, PEI. She writes unreserved pop music, with sparks of folk and bluesy rock. Nikkie has released two studio albums to date, with a third to be released soon. Produced by Nathan Wiley, Subtle Motions is an exploration of the complexities of relationships and life. She has been noted for her work, earning multiple Music PEI Awards nominations, including Songwriter of the Year.
ABOUT MIKE DIXON
Mike Dixon is a singer-songwriter and 21st century songster. He performs Blues, Folk, Country and Old-Time as well as original material on acoustic 6 and 12 string and banjo guitars. His performances are a rich mixture of familiar and novel sounds: confessional originals beside joyous roots music from the Jazz Age. Mike has appeared on many stages including The Indian River Festival, The Harvest Jazz and Blues Fest, Stanfest, Dutch Mason Blues Fest and he has won ECMA and PEI Music Awards with his group the Saddle River String Band. His solo recordings include ‘Five Times’ and ‘So Lo Fi’.
Special thanks to our amazing volunteers, staff, supporters including Confederation Bridge, Maritime Electric and all the above restaurants and chefs for supporting the festival this season.
“Produced by a Sound Recording team from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.” (February 2018, Pollack Hall)
Roadtrip!! Meagan & Amy share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. This dynamic violin/piano duo was selected by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales and Prairie Debut for a huge pan-Canadian tour. You’ll understand why when you hear them!