EMERALD – There will be something for everyone this Friday night as Prince Edward Island’s “red headed fiddler” Courtney Hogan-Chandler welcomes two singers that can cover a wide range of music-genres as Dino Dunsford and Norman Stewart take the stage at the Emerald Boxcar Pub & Grill.
Dunsford first stepped on stage during a university variety show in 1966, and after much encouragement and enthusiasm from the audience, he decided to pursue a music career. Over the years, he has been involved in many genres of music, including rock, country, Irish and most recently gospel. A former P.E.I. Male Vocalist of the Year, Dunsford has shared the stage with the likes of Chubby Checker, and John Allen Cameron and he recorded his own version of the popular song “Wagon Wheel” on Hogan’s latest double-CD “Swinging on a Note.”. His deep gospel roots also makes for an amazing rendition of Kelly Mooney’s adapted lyrics of “Hallelujah”.
Dunsford will be joined on stage by ceilidh favourite Norman Stewart. Stewart’s wide range of songs include old classic Irish and celtic tunes, along with a blend of traditional favourites.
“You just feel at home at a kitchen party or around a summer campfire with Norman,” says ceilidh host Courtney Hogan. “Just some relaxed fun and songs that make you want to sing-along right there with him.”
They’ll also be joined by one of Hogan’s good friends, step-dancer Kristyn Visser. Visser was in a serious speed skating accident several years ago that deeply affected her ability in one leg and it was believed that she may never be able to dance or possibly even walk again.
Through her constant determination she has surprisingly returned to the stage and is dancing to Hogan’s fiddle tunes again.
The ceilidh will take place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.