CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – In 2015, through a private member’s bill brought forward by P.E.I. Senator and fiddler, Libbe Hubley, Canada’s Parliament proclaimed the third Saturday in May to be National Fiddling Day.
On Saturday, May 19, Islanders will be celebrating with a family event from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Pourhouse on the second level of the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Charlottetown.
A jam session will kick off the afternoon with musicians encouraged to bring along their instruments. At 3 p.m., the music will continue with a concert and square dance featuring 18-year-old Cape Breton fiddler, Joe MacMaster, nephew of one of Canada’s most well-known fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster.
“This is going to be a great opportunity for both fiddlers and fiddle fans of all ages to come out and play some tunes together, make new friends and just really celebrate how special the fiddle is to all of us and celebrate the important role it plays in our traditional culture,” said Sheila MacKenzie, event organizer.
"People will have a chance to listen to some great music, play some great music and to dance," she added.
“This is the perfect time and place to learn how to square dance because it really is a whole lot of fun and I'm really hoping a lot of our young fiddlers will be on hand to participate and get inspired by someone like Joe.”
Admission is cash only at the door which will include a price for families, and preschoolers are free. Those 19 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Food and beverage service will be available.
The Old Triangle is located at 189 Great George St. in downtown Charlottetown.