The Cape Breton fiddle will be ringing in the hills this weekend as the Autumn Swing Festival continues with a concert Friday at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown and a Halloween square dance at the BarNone Brewery in Rose Valley on Saturday.
Cape Breton’s Shelly Campbell and Allan Dewar will be the featured performers. Campbell’s fiddle playing is powerful, lively, graceful, and deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up with. Born and raised on West Bay Road, Inverness County, she has been playing almost 30 years. She plays at many local concerts, pubs and festivals and is a popular player for dances.
Although she usually stays close to home, Campbell has taught and played throughout the Maritimes as well as in Ontario, Ireland, Scotland and Denmark.
Dewar is a world-renowned piano accompanist who has toured internationally with many musicians including Ashley MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray. He has accompanied countless greats, past and present, from Buddy MacMaster, Howie MacDonald, and John Morris Rankin to new generation fiddlers like Andrea Beaton.
Dewar is music director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique, Cape Breton, and spends his leisure time accompanying local fiddlers at dances, concerts and ceilidhs.
The duo is featured in concert Oct. 27 at Old Triangle from 8 to 11 p.m. with free admission (children are allowed until 10 p.m., accompanied by an adult). On Oct. 28 the two will play a 19+ Halloween square dance at the BarNone Brewery in Rose Valley. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and dancing starts at 8 p.m. with dance caller Ward MacDonald. Admission is $10. There will be prizes for most impressive costumes.
Autumn Swing is a brand new festival celebrating the traditional folk life of Prince Edward Island and its connection to traditions around the world. Full details are available at www.autumnswing.ca.