Host Dino Dunsford will share the stage with two of P.E.I.’s favourite entertainers at the Winsloe United Church ceilidh set for Monday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Eddy Quinn and one of the original Blue Crystals, saxophonist, Gary Cudmore, will perform, along with the host band of Judy Lowe, Brian Knox and Heartz Godkin.
When Quinn shares a song on stage, it’s like an old friend has dropped by for a chat. The three-time male vocalist of the year sings of people and places rooted in his home province of P.E.I. His songwriting ability, voice and stage presents explain why his music resonates so strongly with Islanders and visitors.
“Rolling hills and red clay can’t help but come out in the sound somewhere,” Quinn has said.
Quinn has won eight Music P.E.I. Awards — four of his own and four as lead singer with the roots-traditional band Fiddlers’ Sons. He has opened for country stars Emerson Drive and Aaron Lines at the P.E.I. International Shellfish Festival and for East Coast legend Matt Minglewood.
In the summer, Quinn and Fiddlers’ Sons host the Close to the Ground music series. The long-running series features Fiddlers’ Sons performing with special guests each week. Shows regularly sell out and attract a strong following of locals and tourists.
Cudmore, the original saxophone player for the well-known dance band the Blue Crystals, will play such favourites as “Wild Weekend” and “Wonderland by Night”. He grew up in a musical family as his dad, Ivo Cudmore, was also saxophonist for the original Downtowners.
Cudmore, who is no stranger to the music industry, started his music career playing the clarinet in the high school band and then switched over to saxophone. He started his church career playing organ at St. Andrews United in Vernon Bridge and has for the last number of years been full-time organist at Holy Redeemer. Many have heard him play at either a funeral or wedding somewhere on P.E.I.
Dunsford a triple Music P.E.I. Award winner, will host this ceilidh and dish up some good sing-along songs with the house band. He will also be back as host of the summer series of ceilidhs on the fourth Monday of every month.
This event, which includes a light lunch, is a fundraiser for the church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
The church, which is wheelchair accessible with plenty of parking, is located at 121 Winsloe Rd. next to the Confederation Trail.