Autumn Swing Festival
Square dances and fiddling concerts are in full swing this fall at three Island venues. Island fiddler and dance caller Ward MacDonald has teamed up with the BarNone Brewery, the Benevolent Irish Society, and the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse for a brand new festival featuring both Islanders and international performers. The Benevolent Irish Society is home to a Fiddle Summit hosted by Ward MacDonald featuring Allan MacDonald, Nick van Ouwerkerk, Trevor Profitt, and Sheila MacKenzie (September 29). Barnone Brewery in Rose Valley opens its doors for an adult square dance featuring JJ and Darla Chaisson (September 30). The Old Triangle hosts American fiddler and folk singer Emerald Rae (October 11). Canadian and US fiddling champion Shane Cook will perform in concert at Barnone Brewery (October 14). Cape Breton’s Shelly Campbell and Allan Dewar will perform at the Old Triangle (October 27) as well as a Halloween Square Dance at Barnone (October 28) — start planning your costumes. The festival will conclude at the Benevolent Irish Society with an adult square dance featuring Richard Wood and Ward MacDonald (November 11). Full details are available at www.AutumnSwingFestival.ca, on Facebook, at the venues, or by calling Ward MacDonald at 902-314-7950.
Blues Jam with Whiskey Business
Blues jam with Whiskey Business at Baba's Lounge from 5:30–8:00 pm on the last Saturday of the month. First set features rockin' blues originals and covers. Second set is an open blues jam. 181 Great George Street, Charlottetown. facebook.com/whiskeybusinessp
Close To The Ground
The Close To The Ground concert series with hosts Fiddlers’ Sons and Keelin Wedge runs every Thursday at 8 pm until September 28 at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner. Enjoy the roots music of PEI in the air conditioned comfort of the Kaylee Hall which is located at the intersection of Rte 3 and 4 near Montague. Island band Fiddlers’ Sons welcome a musical guest each week to join them on stage for a night of toe tapping music and laughs. The lineup includes winners and nominees of JUNO, ECMA and Music PEI awards, veteran Island performers and gifted young up-and-coming talent. Featured are: Finale with PEI’s Country Gentleman Lester MacPherson and Mr. Jim Williams (September 28). Admission is at the door.
Got Blues Matinee
Got Blues Matinee every Saturday from 2:30–4:30 pm at The Factory Cookhouse. Hosted by Got Blues (Chris Roumbanis and friends Reg Ballagh & Mike Robicheau). Each week there is a special guest during the first set and the second set is an open electric blues jam. Guest list for is as follows: September 30 with singer/guitarist Brian Langille; October 7 with singer Kelly Mooney and keyboardist/singer/bassist Jon Rehder; October 14 with singer/trumpeter/ guitarist Neil Knutson; October 21 with saxophonist/keyboardist/singer Pat King; October 28 with singer/guitarist Mark Haines (Annual Halloween Show). Follow on Facebook or visit thefactorycookhouse.com for more details. 189 Kent St, Charlottetown.
Island Jazz at Baba’s
Jazz shows every Thursday at Baba’s Lounge, 181 Great George St, Charlottetown.
Jon Rehder at Barnone Brewery
Jon Rehder hosts an evening of music at Barnone brewery every Friday. Jon performs one set and an invited guest performs the secind set. Enjoy local music and craft brewing in this renovated barn in Rose Valley.
Lively Songs for Little People
The Musicman’s casual drop-in shows begin in October and continue to the end of May. At a small family-friendly rate, the weekly presentations include movement, song, dance, and humour. Each Tuesday the gathering point is a new location this year, the upstairs Food Court in the Confederation Mall downtown Charlottetown. Showtime is 10:45–11:20 am. On Thursdays families come to the Stratford Gym from 10:45 am–11:20 am. The show is called Lively Songs for Little People and has been an ongoing opportunity for young children’s and family’s initial social interactions.
Old Time Slow Jams
Old Triangle Sessions
A weekly traditional music session, with host fiddler Roy Johnstone, takes place Sundays from 2–5 pm at the Old Triangle Alehouse, Charlottetown. First hour is a slow session. Players welcome.
The Schooner Sessions are Thursdays at 7 pm with players and dancers welcome to join in. 89 University Ave, Charlottetown.
Shipyard Patio Parties
Every Thursday night, beginning around 9:30 pm, the Shipyard Deck will host Patio Parties offering BBQ menu and live music with the sunset and stars as a backdrop. Local musicians will perform. PEI Lobster House, Shipyard, 370 Water St, Summerside. 902-888–9372
Sunday Night Shenanigans
The 10th anniversary series of Sunday Night Shenanigans, hosted by Judy MacLean, are held at York Community Centre at 7 pm. Join Judy each week for top talent, a fun evening of entertainment, great food, and lots of shenanigans. Guests often include such noted recording artists as PEI’s Country Gentleman Lester MacPherson, Stompin’ Tom’s fiddler Billy MacInnis, the Judy MacLean Dancers and more. Centre is at Rte 25, York Road, is wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Tickets are at the door at 6 pm. Showtime is 7 pm. 902-566-5545.
Treble with Girls Winter Series
Cardigan Feed Service and Cardigan Bearing & Steel presents the 3rd Annual QEH Winter Fundraising Concert Series hosted by Treble with Girls. All are welcome to enjoy some of the best in Island music and family-friendly fun in support of the QEH Foundation. Guest lineup is: The Chaisson Trio (November 12), Jon Matthews (November 26), Christmas Ceilidh with Courtney Hogan-Chandler (December 17), Keelin Wedge (January 14), Storyteller Dennis King (January 28), Taylor Johnston (February 11), Peggy Clinton & Johnny Ross (February 25), St. Paddy’s Ceilidh with Irish performer Cian O’Morain with Mary MacGillivray (March 11), Kitchen Party Finale (April 8). Series takes place at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Hall at 151 Stratford Road at 2 pm. All ages are welcome.
West End Blues
Local musicians with occasional guests perform at West End Blues night on Wednesdays beginning at 8 pm. This popular summer blues night takes place at RCAF Wing, 329 North Market St, Summerside. wingpei.com/cal-events, 902-436-2440