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Ceilidh season set to begin at the Irish Hall in Charlottetown Friday evening

Popular local musicians Cian O’Morain and Mary MacGillivary will perform May 18 at the Ceilidh at the Irish Hall in Charlottetown. They'll be joined by featured fiddler Thomas Harrington.
Popular local musicians Cian O’Morain and Mary MacGillivary will perform May 18 at the Ceilidh at the Irish Hall in Charlottetown. They'll be joined by featured fiddler Thomas Harrington. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Cian O’Morain, Mary McGillivray and Thomas Harrington will be the featured performers for the Ceilidh at the Irish Hall, as it kicks off its 2018 ceilidh season on Friday, May 18.

The series, which runs until Oct. 19, features Irish, Scottish and Maritime traditional music at the air-conditioned Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Rd., Charlottetown. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. There will be a 50/50 draw, and a light lunch is served during intermission. Admission is at the door. For more information, call 902-566-3273.

O’Morain, who hails from Country Kerry in Ireland, is the family physician in North Rustico. As well, he holds a master’s degree in music from Limerick University. He and his partner, McGillivray, often entertain local audiences accompanying their singing on guitar and squeeze box. He is also a renowned storyteller, delighting the audience when he adds to the evening one of his entertaining stories from Ireland.

Harrington, from Glenholme, N.S., now calls Stratford home. He plays fiddle, bagpipes and whistle, and his passion for Celtic music has been quickly welcomed into the music community on P.E.I. He plays often with O’Morain and McGillivray at the Olde Triangle in Charlottetown on Saturday evenings. He has also played with various groups such as the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band, SQUID Precision Drumming, and folk band ‘Finnan Haddie’.

A special feature this week will be step dancers from the Juliette Roberts Academy of Dance in Charlottetown. The dancers performed most recently at the March 16 St. Patrick’s Week Variety Show at the BIS, to the enthusiastic applause of the audience.

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