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“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”.
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
Come enjoy a night of great blues music and originals with PEI’s Amanda Jackson trio, who were CBC Searchlight Top Ten finalists and Music New Brunswick’s Blues Recording of the year winner, Mike Biggar and his trio for an intense, roiling performance with his signature soaring vocals and disarming onstage humor.
These imaginative, dynamic performers explore the fire from which Maritime music ignited, with glowing traditional and just realized tunes for flutes, fiddle, pipes, keyboards, voice and inspired choreographed dance. Chris Norman, David Greenberg and Matthew Olwell present “The Bonfire”!
Trio Tangere is an upbeat, instrumental trio with smooth sounds and style. Its world music repertoire is channeled through the violin and guitars. They will be performing Canadian, Brazilian and French classics.
An award winning songwriter, professional speaker and incredible story-teller, Carroll became a worldwide YouTube sensation with his hit “United Breaks Guitars”. With the video approaching its 10th anniversary and close to 18 million views, Dave continues to deliver his unforgettable combination of music and storytelling in over 30 countries.
The Sweet Lowdown (Miriam Sonstenes, fiddle; Amanda Blied, guitar; Tad Ruszel, mandolin) offer original acoustic roots music. You’ll hear influences as far-ranging as Celtic jigs, Appalachian fiddling and contemporary pop. Drawing from these influences, yet not beholden, they blaze a new trail with original songwriting and innovative instrumental arrangements.
Join Music PEI’s 2018 Songwriter of the year, Alicia Toner, with a blend of roots, country, rock and Americana and Justin Nozuka, award winning Canadian folk, soul, rock singer/songwriter with millions of YouTube views, for an afternoon of fantastic songs and stories.
The world loves a tango, and when the technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity and rhythmic vitality of this exciting ensemble hits the stage, the deep rooted influence of Buenos Aires tango tradition inspires the folk, traditional and modern tango treasures that will have you swaying in your seat, or the aisle!
Their debut album, “In The Battle Years”, garnered Hillburn an East Coast Music Award last year. With soaring harmonies and densely-layered arrangements, this folk-rooted band’s sound is unique. Having just released their 2nd album, “The Wilder Beyond”, the band has promised a special IRF premiere performance!