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‘Hallelujah,’ Mooney’s coming to Emerald Boxcar Friday

Keelin Wedge, left, and Courtney Hogan.
Keelin Wedge, left, and Courtney Hogan. - Contributed

EMERALD, P.E.I. – P.E.I.’s redheaded fiddler, Courtney Hogan, will be returning to the Emerald Boxcar Pub & Grill this Friday evening.

“Fridays are my nights to hit the stage and unwind with some of my favourite P.E.I. performers,” says Hogan.

With only three Ceilidh’s remaining in the Emerald concert series, the list of performers includes this week’s guests Kelley Mooney and Keelin Wedge.

Kelley Mooney
Kelley Mooney

 

Mooney would be best known for her recent success with a religious adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.” The version has gained such popularity, it now has over 3 million views on YouTube. But Mooney’s career started long before that, when she was about five years old at a restaurant in Canton, Massachusetts. Her father convinced the local band to let her sing a song with them and so her love for performing began. She started performing at local talent contests, benefits, wedding and concerts and earned a spot on a local variety television series and went on to sing for the Pope.

She later recorded her first album and began to grow her career.

After recovering from a serious illness, Mooney decided to go back into the studio and record her now-third album “Still” which was launched earlier this year and will be made available for the first time in Emerald this week.

Mooney and Hogan will be joined by Ceilidh favourite Keelin Wedge. She covers several music genres from foot-stomping sing-a-longs, to slow ballads, or her vast array of instruments. Wedge can always liven up a ceilidh with her guitar and voice.

“If you want to really experience a true P.E.I. ceilidh, then you want to attend a show with Keelin on the stage,” says host Hogan. “She immediately makes the atmosphere like a true kitchen party and you can’t help but have a good time around her. She’s one of my absolute favourite entertainers to be on stage with.”

The ceilidh takes place Aug. 31 at the Emerald Boxcar Pub & Grill at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12. The venue is air-conditioned and fully licensed. The volunteer-run pub will open at 5:30 p.m. for food.

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