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|Elissa Lee – violin
||Angela Park – Piano|
Help support the Indian River Festival and ensure the preservation of Historic St. Mary’s Church on Prince Edward Island.
Indian River Festival is proud to present TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN, the award winning bilingual folk/fusion island trio in partnership with Trinity United Church in Charlottetown on Friday, March 9th at 7:30pm
Their ECMA award winning album Auprès du Poêle (“around the woodstove”) invites a new circle of listeners to both a moody and high-energy set of original and traditional songs. Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weave old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie’s best moments.
Over the past several years, Ten Strings has had a chance to tour many incredible places around the world.
The boys are looking forward to taking a bit of a break, so this will be the last Canadian Ten Strings and a Goat Skin show for a while.
This special performance will include a list of surprise guest performances and collaborations with Individuals who have help shape the lads musical career over the years, including Vishten and more!
The band will be donating their concert proceeds to the Charlottetown Food bank.
It is sure to be a night to remember
This concert is in partnership with Trinity United Church.
*** Note this event is taking place at:
Trinity United Church – 220 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 1J5 *** (NOT at Indian River – Historic St Marys)
Want someone else to do the driving?
Add a return bus trip in a professional motocoach from Wedge Tours, departing from the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts in Summerside (5pm) & Island Stone Pub in Kensington (5:30pm) (Bus pick up locations listed below) – cost $17.50 per person extra.
Once you add your concert tickets to your cart, you will be prompted to purchase bus tickets.
PRE-SHOW DINNER in Summerside or Kensington!
Want a pre-show dinner at Brothers2 in Summerside? Reserve your concert and bus tickets online, with bus pick up in Summerside, then call (902) 436-9654 to reserve your dinner spot at Brother2! Reserve now to avoid disappointment! Limited seating available!
This bus is provided by Wedge Tours in partnership with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, Brothers2 and Island Stone Pub.
Whether you take the bus or get yourself there, we look forward to seeing you!
The Indian River Festival Team
Bus pick-up locations:
Summerside | 5:00 PM:
College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts
619 Water St E, Summerside, PE
Kensington | 5:30 PM:
Island Stone Pub
62 Broadway St N, Kensington, PE
Price includes return trip to locations above. Price includes return trip from locations above and all taxes & fees.
In Digging Roots, the husband and wife team of Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish trade lead vocals, and fluidly compliment each other’s strengths while going from whispery intimacies, to smokey wails. Firmly inhabiting roots and blues, their music is an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound with sweet harmonies and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar.
William Prince is a JUNO AWARD winning storytelling singer/ songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.
his tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series and in partnership with the Abegweit First Nations, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Lennox Island.
A Celtic Spring Fling – Glasgow’s Paul McKenna Band and Juno Nominees Cassie & Maggie coming to Charlottetown.
NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances we have a date and location change for the Celtic Spring Fling CHARLOTTETOWN show. The FRIDAY April 13th show has been moved to SUNDAY April 15th and will be a seated concert upstairs at The Old Triangle. For those of you who have already purchased tickets via Ticketpro, they will be honoured at the door at The Old Triangle. If you are unable to attend, a refund can be made available.
Advance tickets can be purchased at The Old Triangle or at the door $30. Doors are 6:00 PM – Showtime is 7:30 PM. Please be advised this is second floor venue with stairs. This is a family show and children will be permitted upstairs for this ticketed event with a parent. Food service is available prior to the show and there will be bar service.
Ignites traditional musical flame in historic Maritime Celtic Settlements Scottish immigration to Canada began as early 1622 and over the almost 400 years since, the songs and stories of Scotland have shaped the Canadian cultural landscape. Between 1830 and 1850 over 600,000 Irish arrived to Canada. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland of course, but did you know in 1784, New Brunswick was originally named New Ireland with the capital to be Saint John?
The friendships between The Maritimes, Scotland and Ireland are strong, and no more so than between musicians, who today cross paths around the world, at folk festivals, Highland
Gatherings and even sessions in Irish pubs globally. The close knit Celtic community continues to grow and preserve the living tradition of Celtic music.
Traditional musicians Cassie and Maggie MacDonald from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and The Paul McKenna Band from Glasgow, Scotland join ranks this April for A CELTIC SPRING FLING, visiting 10 historic Maritime communities and celebrating all things Celtic. The towns and cities all boast immigration stories of brave Scottish and Irish families who let their homes in desperation and built new lives in Canada. They were the lumberjacks, the farmers, the coal miners and the fishermen from Digby to Charlottetown and through the hardships music championed their past and future.
These seven musicians have known each other for years but this is the first time they will have created a stage show together featuring fiddles, pipes, bodrhan, step dancing singing and more. The MacDonald sisters hail from Antigonish, a town who held their first Highland Games in 1861. Paul McKenna lives in Glasgow Scotland but both sets of Grandparents hail from Donegal and Mayo Ireland. The sisters and the lads first met at the legendary Celtic Colours in Cape Breton and again at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
A Celtic Spring Fling is a celebration of not only the music but the stories of immigration through The Maritimes. Pictou was the landing of the Hector which held 189 Scottish settlers
from Loch-broom forced to flee after the Highland clearances, the Irish language survived as a community language in New Brunswick into the twentieth century due to the large Irish population in Mirmaichi who flourished in the lumber industry and created a safe place for those
fleeing the potato famine at home.
Miramichi Apr 11
Sackville April 12
Dartmouth April 14
Charlottetown April 15 (new date)
Springhill April 16
Lunenburg April 17
Digby April 18
Saint John April 19
Fredericton Apr 20
Pictou Apr 21
Celebrate Celtic music, story, dance and song with award winning performers! If you enjoy pipes, fiddles, bodrhan join us for a night with Glasgow’s Paul McKenna Band featuring Paul McKenna on lead vocals; winner of Vocalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards. Joined by Ewan Baird (bodhran), Conal McDonagh (uilleann pipes, whistles), Jack Smedley (fiddle) and Conor Markey (banjo) this band has travelled the globe and last year performed in Canada at The Edmonton, Canmore, Winnipeg, Vancouver Folk Festivals as well as The Stan Rogers and Small Halls Festivals on the East Coast.
Joining the lads are our lassies from closer to home! The pride of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, are Cassie (fiddle, vocals, stepdance) and Maggie MacDonald (piano, guitar, vocals, stepdance). Cassie & Maggie have just been announced as JUNO nominees in the Roots Traditional category for 2018. Their new release, The Willow Collection was also awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award. These 7 exceptional purveyors of tradition, will be joined by a surprise special guest nightly, to round out a rousing chorus of all things Celtic.
Join three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman, Sarah Slean and the popular ECMA-nominated Island ensemble, the Atlantic String Machine, for an incredible night of music!
Single tickets will go on sale to the public April 3rd.
Named after the singing femmes fatales of Greek mythology, Sirens is lauded for its pure tone quality, sensitive musicality and tight ensemble. Without a conductor at the podium, haunting harmonies and subtle stage movement separates Sirens from traditional choral practices, taking its audience on an intimate and inclusive performance experience!
Enter the mythical world with haunting music that explores ancient texts, folklore and legends. PEI’s own women’s choral ensemble Sirens is back at St. Mary’s, before travelling to Newfoundland for Podium, Canada’s choral conference and festival. The concert includes a special preview performance of their newly commissioned work from Canadian choral composer Jeff Enns!
“THE GREAT ESCAPE” is ECMA award-winning Meaghan Blanchard’s fourth album. The songs are strong, at times deeply personal, and sown throughout are the narratives of men and women who have rumbled with profound universal themes: self-doubt, fear and hope for a better way of living.
She has toured extensively across Canada and the UK, and has even showcased her music stateside at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, MO. She has performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and played 47 shows in 15 days at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Since relocating in 2013, Ontario native Nick Doneff has become a staple within the PEI music community as a busy sideman for island favourites such as Nudie and Liam Corcoran. In 2017, Music PEI presented him with the “Musician of the Year” award for his stage and studio work. Doneff is now emerging as an original act known for his earnest songwriting and magnetic live performances. His debut record has been met with glowing reviews and international airplay. The song Old Dog was featured on CBC’s flagship arts and culture program, Q, where host Tom Power described him as a cross between John Prine and Joel Plaskett.
Nick Doneff is a talented musician, multi-instrumentalist and multiple Music PEI award nominee with a self-titled album.
Join Nick and ECMA award winning Island singer / songwriter and multi Music PEI award wins, Meaghan Blanchard, for an evening of song, stories and her exclusive pre-release concert for her album “The Great Escape”.
The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer / songwriter / pianist / producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.
No Filter is the eleventh album from MICHAEL KAESHAMMER. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints. On No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection that showcases Michael’s smooth and soulful voice. It also showcases Kaeshammer’s impressive evolution as a perceptive and poetic lyricist.
His first album was actually a solo piano record, and Michael has never lost contact with those roots. Last year he released another record of solo piano instrumentals, The Pianist, in under the radar fashion. “That album wasn’t planned as anything other than my recording some songs for my parents”, Michael recalls. “It’s as if you’re just sitting on your couch at home listening to me play.”‘
Recently nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, Kaeshammer has won previous WCMAs as Musician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, while seven Juno Award nominations have netted him two wins. With his recording career now spanning two full decades and 12 albums later, Michael Kaeshammer has emerged as a truly original artist at the very top of his game and one in love with the creative process.
“Right now I love playing and making music more than ever”, he stresses. “It has got to a point where it is a really important part of my life rather than being my life and I love it so much now”.
Dennis Ellsworth and Kinley Dowling are an Island duo who have been friends and musical collaborators for years. They will share music from their recent debut album, which has received multiple Music PEI award nominations.
Presented in partnership with Music PEI and the PEI Potato Growers