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SALLY COLE: Haines and Ledwell offer break from winter

Patrick Ledwell, left, and Mark Haines are ready to raise a toast to kick off winter during “The Shack Wacky Review”, which is set for Feb. 1-2 at the P.E.I. Brewing Company, 96 Kensington Rd. in Charlottetown.
Patrick Ledwell, left, and Mark Haines are ready to raise a toast to kick off winter during “The Shack Wacky Review”, which is set for Feb. 1-2 at the P.E.I. Brewing Company, 96 Kensington Rd. in Charlottetown. - Ryan Ross

Two of my favourite P.E.I. performers are rolling out a show next month that, as far as I am concerned, comes just in the nick of time.

January is well underway and with the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s now just a blur, many of us have traded in our party duds for slippers and flannel PJs as we hibernate at home, watching Netflix and munching on chips and chocolates left over from our stockings.

It’s enough to make anyone go a bit stir crazy.

And that’s where Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines come in.

The duo is giving winter the boot with “The Shack Wacky Review”, Feb. 1-2, in Charlottetown.

“The idea behind this show is basic. Let’s get people out of the house together, a good drink in hand and host a barn board rattling night of entertainment,” Ledwell tells me about the musical/comedy event that returns for its fourth year at the P.E.I. Brewing Company, 96 Kensington Rd., Charlottetown.

The show will unfold with Ledwell, a comedian, and Haines, a musician, doing what they do best – chatting onstage between comedy routines and musical selections.

“Sometimes it’s music to amplify the comedy. Other times its comedy threading its way into a song whose main purpose is to make people laugh …,” says Ledwell.

“It’s a time of the year when you have to make a plan to go out. There’s less that calls you out; no street cafés or people coming to town.”

Haines agrees, adding that it’s the need to see friends that often gets him out of the door, even on cold winter days.

“I believe it’s in us to be sociable, and this time of year when the weather tends to keep us indoors, a show like ours in a cabaret setting like the P.E.I. Brewing Company could be all the nudge that a person needs to get out and enjoy some fine music and share a laugh with a hall full of strangers. What better way to make friends?”

It’s hard to argue with that kind of wacky logic. It looks like I’ll be putting away the remote and putting on my outdoor clothes for a night of fun to kick off February.

If you are going

What: “The Shack Wacky Review”.

When and where: Feb. 1-2, 7 p.m. (Feb. 2 show has been sold out).

Tickets: Available online at PEIbrewingcompany.com, in person at P.E.I. Brewing Company or by calling 902-629-2739.

Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at sally.cole@TheGuardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.


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