The ceilidh Friday evening at the Irish Cultural Centre at 582 North River Rd., Charlottetown, will feature the award-winning P.E.I. traditional music group, Fiddlers’ Sons, with Eddy Quinn, John B. Webster and Courtney Hogan-Chandler.
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., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are at $5. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 902-892-2367.
Quinn is the lead vocalist as well as playing guitar and bodhran. He has released two solo albums for which he has received four Music P.E.I. Awards. Of particular note, is that the band recently marked its 20-year anniversary in the music business with the release of a compilation album of its 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.
Webster, the group’s lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, grew up on the Station Road in Cardigan. From an early age, he was interested in music and his home was always filled with it. His father, Jackie, was a fiddle player, and his grandfather, Jack, had a band called “Jack Webster’s Orchestra” which played all over Kings County and was extremely popular in their time. He met Quinn at guitar lessons in Lorne Valley, and the rest is history. He has done quite a lot of writing on the five CDs Fiddlers' Sons has released over the years.
Hogan-Chandler is the featured fiddler with the group for the evening. After hearing her great-grandfather playing fiddle with some old Don Messer tunes, she fell in love with the fiddle and produced her first CD at age 15. Later, she began playing at every small hall and town she could in order to pay for her veterinary school education. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College as a doctor of veterinary medicine.
For 20 of their 21 years together, Fiddlers' Sons has been playing their brand of grassroots music to packed houses at the Irish Hall.