PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls
Until June 24
The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is returning from June 10 to 24 with events Island-wide to commemorate their 10th anniversary.
Some highlights will be shows with world-class PEI performers Vishtèn and Richard Wood, along with Nova Scotia fiddler Troy MacGillivray, accompanied by Cape Breton pianist and step dancer Mac Morin, Acadian group Gadelle, country favourites The Ellis Family Band, storytellers David Weale and Gary Evans, folk front-runners Irish Mythen and Ashley Condon, and more.
The festival began as an effort to breathe new life into rural community halls by bringing professional musicians, dancers and storytellers from near and far for performances. The first festival featured fourteen concerts and dances in nine small halls, as well as a number of performances on board Northumberland Ferries crossings between PEI and Nova Scotia. It has grown to include more than 50 events in the span of 15 days, from evening concerts and late night jam sessions to children’s shows and workshops. New in 2018, free guided hikes on rural trails will take place throughout the Festival, in association with Island Trails.
Of the more than 80 acts taking part in 2018, there are lots of new faces to the Festival—James Mullinger, Fàrsan, Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, the Amanda Jackson Band, to name a few.
Tickets for the 10th anniversary of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls are on sale now. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.smallhalls.com or visit the Festival box office at Maypoint Plaza in Charlottetown.