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Ceilidh and Craic set for July 23 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Fiddler Roy Johnstone will be the guest at the July 23 edition of Ceilidh and Craic at the BIS on Tuesday, July 23.
Fiddler Roy Johnstone will be the guest at the July 23 edition of Ceilidh and Craic at the BIS on Tuesday, July 23. - Contributed

Hosts Cian O Morain, Mary MacGillivray welcome Roy Johnstone to the BIS stage

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Ceilidh and Craic on Tuesday, July 23, in the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall of the Irish Cultural Centre will feature some talent not often seen on the BIS stage.

Hosts Cian O Morain and Mary MacGillivray will host fiddler Roy Johnstone, family and other friends.

There will be a 50/50 draw at the wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned hall. Tea and cookies will be served during intermission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Admission price is $10 at the door.  Everyone is welcome. For more information call 902-213-3924. 

Dr. O Morain hails from Country Kerry in Ireland but is now the family physician in North Rustico. He holds a master’s degree in music from Limerick University. He and his partner, Mary MacGillivray, are favourites  at the Irish Hall, accompanying each other as they sing, on keyboard, guitar and squeeze box.  O Morain will often add a bit of Irish storytelling.

MacGillivray is from the Island with strong Irish roots and is the lead singer for the evening, accompanying herself on the squeeze box.  MacGillivray grew up in a musical family with roots in

Cape Breton and P.E.I. She says two things were always on the go at their place: the music and the tea pot.  She sings in both English and Gaelic.   

Johnstone has been a mainstay in the East Coast musical community.   His music productions and recordings have received multiple East Coast Music Award nominations and his music has been featured in award winning National Film Board and independent film productions. He was presented with a P.E.I. Musical Ambassador award for his work on preserving traditional music.

He has worked in theatrical productions for the Confederation Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Victoria Playhouse and Theatre P.E.I.  

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