A ceilidh this evening at the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall in the Irish Cultural Centre will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with award-winning Island folk music group Fiddlers’ Sons.
Featuring Eddy Quinn, John B. Webster, Courtney Hogan-Chandler and Keelin Wedge, the group will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a 50/50 draw during the evening at the air-conditioned hall, and a light lunch is served during the intermission. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is at the door of the venue, which is located at 582 North River Rd., Charlottetown. For more information, call 902-213-3924.
In 2017, the band marked the anniversary of 20 years in the music business with the release of a compilation album of their most requested songs. “Fiddlers' Sons: The Best of Twenty Years” contains 22 selections written and performed by the band members that explore Island life and its people.
Quinn, the lead vocalist, who also plays guitar and bodhran, has released two solo albums and received four Music P.E.I. Awards.
Webster, the group’s lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, grew up on the Station Road in Cardigan and from an early age was interested in music. He met Quinn at guitar lessons in Lorne Valley, and the rest is history. Webster has done quite a lot of writing on the five CDs Fiddlers' Sons has released over the years.
Hogan-Chandler, one of the two featured fiddlers with the group, heard her great-grandfather playing some old Don Messer tunes on the fiddle and fell in love with the instrument. She produced her first CD at age 15 and has played at many halls across the province to help pay for her veterinary school education from the Atlantic Veterinary College.
Wedge is the newest member of the group and is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She plays fiddle and guitar and does vocals.