SUMMERSIDE — The 13th season for Concerts in the Garden, presented by Culture Summerside, begins Wednesday evening.
Returning favourite, JackTar, opens the season with a performance of toe-tapping Maritime and traditional music. The Summerside band is made up of musicians Brian Rogers, Ernie Gallant and Fred Martin.
The outdoor concerts, which feature local musicians, take place Wednesday evenings in July and August on the outdoor stage in the garden of Wyatt Heritage Properties.
The concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with admission by donation.
During the mid-concert break, ice cream, which is made daily on site, is for sale and topped with fresh strawberries or rhubarb sauce.
A limited number of chairs are put out for the concert so those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to 205 Prince St. If the weather is inclement the concert is cancelled.
The schedule includes:
- July 10 — Dusty Roads. Bluegrass and gospel music performed by band members Harold and Marnie Noye, Brent Biggar, and Donna Lee Gallant. In the case of rain, this concert will move indoors to Trinity United Church.
- July 17 — Milk and Honey. Old time Americana folk music will be on tap, performed by Leah Brown, Josh Ellis, Peter Gallant and Christine Anderson Gallant.
- July 24 — Nathan Wiley and Mike Dixon. The duo performs original material alongside covers from all music genres.
- July 31 — Roy MacCaull and Friends. MacCaull is known for his music praising the Island.
- Aug. 7 — On The Road Again. The group of retirees, consisting of Joe Lawless on acoustic rhythm guitar, Jack Darrach on bass guitar, Ernie Gallant on lead guitar, John Campbell on violin and Claude Gaudet on violin and harmonica, plays a selection of country classics, Irish numbers and old-time fiddling and harmonica selections.
- Aug. 14 — Not All There: The Irish pub band is made up of fiddler Nathan Condon, Gary Arsenault, Wendell Cameron, Mike Smith and Ramona Roberts.
- Aug. 21 — Fandango: The Summerside choral ensemble consists of singers and musicians of all ages. Their repertoire includes, for the most part, contemporary music of well-known artists such as Eric Whitacer, Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacGillvary, Mark Hayes and many more.