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Friday night ceilidh to feature some of P.E.I.'s finest fiddlers

Rannie MacLellan captures the audience’s attention with his fiddle and a beautiful slow air. He will be one of the performers at the May 25 Fiddle Summit at the BIS Hall in Charlottetown.
Rannie MacLellan captures the audience’s attention with his fiddle and a beautiful slow air. He will be one of the performers at the May 25 Fiddle Summit at the BIS Hall in Charlottetown. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Irish Cultural Centre’s ceilidh this evening will be a Fiddle Summit will feature some of Prince Edward Island’s finest fiddlers.

The event set for 582 North River Rd. will feature musicians Ward MacDonald, who is also hosting, Alan MacDonald, Rannie MacLellan and Matthew Reid.

Ward MacDonald comes from a long line of Scottish-style fiddlers and is known as the originator of the P.E.I. Fiddle Camp, held each July and is one of the originators of the Festival of Small Halls.

Allan MacDonald, from Bangor, began his musical life in his parents’ dance hall more than 50 years ago and now plays weekly square dances in Lorne Valley and is a regular at ceilidhs, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival and the Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree.

MacLellan, from South West Margaree in Cape Breton, lives on P.E.I. and is a regular with the Chaisson Trio, playing medleys of Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, strathspeys and slow airs mixed with traditional ballads.

Reid has fiddled for 17 years and is a regular at ceilidhs and concerts, performing at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, QEH Eastlink Telethon and Atlantic Fiddlers Jamboree, as well as teaching at National Music for 10 years. In 2012, he released his first CD, “Born to Fiddle,” and received nominations at the 2013 Music PEI Awards as well as the 2014 East Coast Music Awards.

The hall will also hold a 50/50 draw and a light lunch. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts an hour later. Admission is $12 at the door and $5 for anyone 12 and younger. For more information, call 902-566-3273.

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