EMERALD – Restoring the old Mayne homestead on Countyline Road has been a labour of love the last few years for Courtney Hogan and her husband Scott, but Hogan’s real passion is when the bow meets the fiddle.
Playing the piano since she was five years old, Hogan turned to classic violin at the age of 11. But after hearing her great-grandfather playing around with some old Don Messer tunes, Hogan quickly turned to the fiddle.
She joined the Queen’s County Fiddlers and her talents soon earned her invitations to play across P.E.I. with some of the Island best musicians.
Now at the age of 24, Hogan has three of her own P.E.I. Music Award nominated CDs, her own cookbook, and has become one of P.E.I.’s most popular fiddlers. After a sold-out show at the Emerald Community Centre last year, Hogan recently announced a full lineup of shows this summer.
“The community has been so good to us, and I thought this was a great way to help support the community centre, as well as having some fun with friends and neighbours. We hope everyone has a chance to come out and enjoy the kitchen party,” said Hogan.
The red-headed fiddler will be joined on stage every Friday evening during July and August by a few of her closest friends. And she’ll be kicking off her first show with two of P.E.I.’s best musicians – Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher.
For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “Late Show With David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” as well as playing for Canada’s prime minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo.
Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years, and has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. His current solo CD won Roots Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2013 P.E.I. Music Awards.
“When Courtney and Richard get together on the fiddles, I pretty much just try to hang on for dear life with my guitar,” jokes Belsher.
The Ceilidh starts Friday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Community Centre. Admission is $10 at the door at the air-conditioned and licensed facility. A full listing of upcoming shows and guests are available at www.courtneyhogan.com.