McSwiggan and Pendergast host last of Stanley Bridge ceilidhs

Darlene Shea dshea@journalpioneer.com
Published on September 29, 2015

Nathan Condon, Shane Pendergast, Tom McSwiggan, Veronica Murray and Michael Pendergast present the Malpque and Stanley Bridge Ceilidhs Wednesdays and Thursdays this summer.

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Thursday, Oct. 1, will mark the final evening ceilidh at the Women's Institute Hall in Stanley Bridge.

For the past 16 years, Tom McSwiggan and Michael Pendergast have hosted one of Prince Edward Island's longest running ceilidhs.

Over the years, the hall has been fully renovated and now has become an entertainment centre for the Cavendish area with music six nights a week at the hall during the summer season.

This summer, McSwiggan and Pendergast were joined by Michael's son Shane on guitar and vocals bringing a new vitality to the stage, and fiddler Nathan Condon on fiddle and bass. Condon is one of the Island’s premiere fiddlers.

This last performance will include Maritime classics, Irish traditional songs, sea shanties, comical songs, and many original pieces by Michael who has written ceilidh crowd pleasers like "The Fifity/Fifty Song", "The Old BellyRubbers", "The Little Lane", "The ballad of Big John MacNeil", and many others.

McSwiggan is renowned for his dry wit, hilarious stories, and baritone voice. At 80 years of age, he is still going strong.

All ages are welcome on Thursday evening. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.