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Winner of one of our 3 guitars signed by festival artists!

Gerald Chaisson. Guitar winner.

Here is Gerald Chaisson, one of the winners of our signed guitars, holding his prize in the Small Halls office! We held a raffle throughout the Festival for 3 guitars, signed by festival artists, that was drawn at the Festival Finale in Georgetown on June 22nd. Gerald is one of the lucky winners, and doesn't he look pleased? It was a great contest, and thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Long & McQuade-Summerside for donating all 3 guitars!

Artists travelling all the way from the UK to be at the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls

We have artists coming from Scotland, Ireland, and England this year to be a part of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls. Some of those bands are, the Rua Macmillan Trio, The Paul Mckenna Band, The Outside Track, and Tim Edey.

RUA MACMILLAN TRIO: Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.

Rua was also a founding member of the Paul McKenna Band, who were voted ‘Best Up and Coming Act’ in the 2009 MG Alba Trad. Music Awards.‘Rua MacMillan is one of the brightest of the current generation of rising stars to emerge from the R.S.A.M.D.’s Scottish Music course – a fiddle player with already great experience of major live events, from Cambridge Folk Festival to the St. Louis Highland Games. As a stylist of Scottish fiddle he is second to none. As an arranger of traditional music in the modern idiom there is no one I’d listen to more! I await the future development of his career with great anticipation.’
Brian McNeill, founder of the Battlefield band and former head of Scottish Music at the R.S.A.M.D.

Catch Rua Macmillan Trio at the following shows:

THE PAUL MCKENNA BAND:Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009″ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe.

Combining their love for Folk and Traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes; The Paul McKenna Band from Scotland has been captivating audiences with live performances of their new album, titled ‘Stem the Tide’, out now on Greentrax Records.

With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.

The Paul McKenna Band are:
Paul McKenna – Vocals, Guitar and Bouzouki
David McNee – Bouzouki, Tenor Guitar and vocals
Sean Gray – Flute, Whistles, Guitar and Vocals
Ewan Baird – Bodhran, Cajon and Vocals
Shannon Quinn – Fiddle, Vocals

Shows

THE OUTSIDE TRACK: Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world.Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre. Recently joined by acclaimed singer Aoife Scott, the next generation of the legendary Black Family from Ireland, they blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. ‘Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant’ (LiveIreland.com).

Storytelling Circle at St. Luke's

** Tickets are still available for the Storytelling Circle at St. Luke's show on Tuesday, June 17th! This show is at 7:30pm at St. Luke's Hall in O'Leary. **

Festival Start Release

 

PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls kicks off 6th annual Island-wide festival


CHARLOTTETOWN (June 9rd, 2014) – The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, showcasing traditional music, dance and storytelling, kicks off this week. Tickets are now on sale for the sixth anniversary of the Festival, which runs from June 9to 22,with events in 41 halls across the Island. Along with a lengthy list of award-winning local and international musical acts, there are colourful storytellers and energetic dancers performing in rural community halls over the course of the 14-day festival.

The ECMA-nominated Festival kicks off today with small storytelling shows in some very small halls, then the excitement builds June 12th with The BIG Show at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River with an all-star lineup featuring Canadian folk troubadour Valdy, American roots-acoustic string band Annalivia, PEI’s internationally-renowned fiddler Richard Wood, and Ontario’s musical sweethearts The Marrieds, and more. Concerts and events featuring the best in traditional music, storytelling and beyond will take place for two full weeks until June 22nd in small halls spanning the Island.

Many of the performers will wrap up their hall performances and land at the Late Nights Festival Club stage for impromptu performances into the wee hours. Held at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown, these events take place on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. during the festival. Debbie Atkinson, Festival Manager explains, “These Late Night events are more of a party than a sit-down performance. The atmosphere is electric and fun, and even if you are currently not a fan of traditional music, you will be when you leave.”

“Our rural halls are natural gathering points for communities across PEI,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA), and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Along with the inherent sense of community spirit, these facilities can be utilized to produce economic spin-offs. I am pleased to announce our Government’s combined investment of $50,000 for the 2014 Festival. This festival strives to create innovative ways for rural communities to improve their economy by generating community and tourism products to increase visitation.”

PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls programs and activities are made possible through the ongoing support of the federal government through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Provincial support comes from the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Rural Development.

The festival is also thrilled to partner with title sponsor, PEI Mutual Insurance, and presenting sponsor Vector Aerospace. The support of the corporate community for these types of local festivals and events is invaluable.

For the Festival’s full schedule and ticket information, please visit www.smallhalls.com, call 902-892-2308 or visit the Small Halls Box Office in the Maypoint Plaza, 161 Maypoint Road in Charlottetown, located at the back of the building.

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The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls proudly carrying on the tradition and evolution of the art of storytelling

Storytelling masters at their best...
“One Night Only” special show from the in depth repertoire of two veterans of the rural stage,
David Weale and Mark Haines. A night of hilarious and indelible stories and lively music.
“A Shore Thing” - CBC personality and storyteller Nils Ling with PEI fiddling jewel Cynthia
MacLeod will provide an entertaining evening of heartfelt humour and foot stomping tunes.
Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines - Island comedy and music with the duo who regularly ignite
spring loaded standing ovations with their show.

“Red Read” - An eclectic fun collection of readings from the immensely popular RED Magazine.
Led by storyteller David Weale (RED publisher) with lively fiddle tunes from PEI's favourite
RED haired fiddler, Courtney Hogan. Mike Newman will tell the story of his PEI winemaking
business, and will provide a sampling of his RED wine. Anyone sporting RED hair (wigs
permitted) will get a ticket discount of $2 (to match the old RED two dollar bill!)
“The Storytelling Circle” - Inspired by the format of a Songwriter's Circle where artists are on
stage together to recount their tune before playing it. Master storyteller David Weale passes the
baton as each story prompts another in the circle. Building on last year's Political Trails and
Tales, the subject matter will all be about PEI told with wit and charm. Add in fiddle tunes from
Billy MacInnis or the Singing Strings, and you have a recipe for unforgettable merriment!
Tickets are available on line at www.smallhalls.com, by phone at 902-892-2308, toll free
877-478-2308, Ticket Pro 888-311-9090, in person at the Small Halls office at 161 Maypoint
Rd., or at the halls themselves in each community.