Fiddle and guitar duo featured at Irish Centre Friday

Darlene Shea
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CHARLOTTETOWN – A concert/ceilidh featuring Rob Drew on guitar and Roy Johnstone on fiddle will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Centre in Charlottetown.

Rob Drew on guitar and Roy Johnstone on fiddle will be performing Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. at the ceilidh at the Irish Cultural Centre in Charlottetown.

The duo will be performing some of Johnstone's new compositions along with some tunes gathered from a recent trip that Johnstone made to Ireland.

Drew has been actively involved in P.E.I.'s music community for the last 17 years specializing in all aspects of guitar from classical and Spanish to folk music.

"We're looking forward to introducing some of these new tunes to an Island audience," stated Drew.

"Some of the tunes were composed for people who had an influence on my music career – singer Wendell Boyle for one – and some are tunes that reflect on the natural beauty of the Island," added Johnstone.

Fiddler Johnstone was honoured as a P.E.I. Musical Ambassador and has received awards for both his dedication to preserving traditional music and his studio and sound track recordings.

The singing group, Riley's Lane, featuring Carol Carson, Betty Calagoure, and Patti Larsen on vocals, will also be performing Friday evening.

The Benevolent Irish Society operates the Hon. Edward Whalen Irish Cultural Centre, the site of the longest running ceilidh on Prince Edward Island.  These ceilidhs were started 29 years ago to provide support for traditional music, song and dance by providing a venue in which traditional musicians could be brought together with an audience that appreciated their talents.

Every Friday night, from early May until mid-October, some of the best traditional musicians P.E.I. has to offer play at the BIS Irish Hall. There’s always a fiddler and a singer with backup musicians.

For more information contact George O'Connor at 566-3273 or check out www.royjohnstone.com

 

 

Organizations: Benevolent Irish Society

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Ireland

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