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Mont-Carmel hosts stellar lineup of artists July 21

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald will take the stage Sunday evening as part of the Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series. - contributed
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald will take the stage Sunday evening as part of the Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series. - contributed - contributed

MONT-CARMEL – Several exciting artists will hit the stage July 21 at the Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series.

The Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel (CDCPMC) has announced that the third of eight shows at the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall will feature Annie and Gabi Kitson, the Evangeline area duo Albert and Mona Arsenault, singers/songwriters Jill Chandler and Maureen Trainor and the traditional Celtic music duo of Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. There will also be step dancing by Maddie, Isabelle and Linda Richards.

Annie and Gabi Kitson, daughters of singer Joey Kitson, will make their first appearance on the stage of the Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series. Annie is 19 years old and her love of the piano started at the very young age of two when she first heard her mémère Noella playing “Musicbox Dancer”. Inspired by her great grandfather, pépère Cormier, she started playing the fiddle when she was 13 years old.

Gabi is 23 and, as a member of the Confederation Youth Chorus, has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US with this choir. She has continued her passion for music and performance as a member of “The Kitsons”, alongside her siblings Annie and Julien.

Albert and Mona Arsenault have been performing together on numerous stages over the last number of years for various occasions. Their repertoire is a mix of country, Acadian and original songs. Their group includes guitar, bass, harmonica and vocal harmonies.

Chandler and Trainor will share the stage for a very special performance. Chandler’s songs come from a place of love, a place of truth, a place of loss. With catchy melodies and poetic lyrics, her songs tell her story, she is currently recording her first album, which is set for release in the fall of 2019.

Trainor has been writing songs for over two decades. She recently launched her debut album “Nothing But The Stars”.

Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals. Appearing on stages across North America, the UK and Europe, the sisters have enchanted audiences far and wide with lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements, stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate and percussive step dancing style.

The concert series happens every Sunday until Aug. 25, starting at 7 p.m. and the doors of the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall (5786 Route 11) open at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to arrive early because the seating is limited. During the evening, spectators will be able to buy 50/50 tickets and the canteen will be open. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for members of the cooperative and $5 for students and free for preschoolers. You can find the 2019 line-up at

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