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Louise Arsenault & Gary Chipman share stage for summer months

Louise Arsenault (from bottom left), son Jonathan, and Helen Bergeron join Gary Chipman for weekly ceilidh at Stanley Bridge Hall.
Louise Arsenault (from bottom left), son Jonathan, and Helen Bergeron join Gary Chipman for weekly ceilidh at Stanley Bridge Hall. - Contributed

STANLEY BRIDGE, P.E.I. – Stanley Bridge Hall has a new weekly ceilidh and it promises to be both energetic and dynamic.

The season will feature a fiddling first when Louise Arsenault, Helen Bergeron and Jonathan Arsenault team up with fiddler Gary Chapman.

The series of musical performances begin on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Mother-son performers Louise and Jonathan Arsenault have deep roots in folk music.

Louise has played the fiddle since an early age and toured in folk settings around the world. She is most noted for her part in the former group Barachois as well as her trademark foot stomping.

Jonathan will join the group with his guitar and sharing vocal talents singing from a repertoire of country and folk music.

Bergeron is an acclaimed step dancer and is as well best known as a member of the former musical group Barachois. She is also the daughter of renowned fiddler, Eddy Arsenault.

Chipman started playing the fiddle at eight years old on the Don Messer Live Shows and has since toured with Anna McGoldrick and Stompin' Tom Connors. Chipman is known for his trademark Don Messer/Down east style of fiddling.

The Ceilidh will feature high-energy Acadian fiddle and song, a traditional Acadian sit-down dance, Don Messer style fiddling, step dancing, Maritime songs, Island stories and more.

Show will run every Wednesday starting June 27 at the historic Stanley Bridge Women’s Institute Hall at 4897 St. Mary’s Road, Stanley Bridge, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at www.peiceilidhs.com or can be purchased at the door. For more information call 902-314-1865.

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