Parish Productions open season with rollicking St. Paddy’s concert

Darlene Shea
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CRAPAUD – Parish Productions at St. John’s Anglican Church in Crapaud is presenting their first show of the season – “St. Patrick’s Day at the Parish.” This show will be held on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Shane Arsenault, (from left) Brian Arsenault and Robert Doucette make up the Celtic group 45 Knots. They will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a concert at the St. John's Anglican Church in Crapaud on March 13.  

The church, built in 1901, was designed by the architect William Critchlow Harris who also designed St. Mary’s Church in Indian River where the Indian River Festival is staged. Like St. Mary’s, St John’s exhibits wonderful acoustics for which Harris was renowned.

The three-piece group from West Prince – 45 Knots – will entertain with Celtic, Irish, Maritime, original and traditional music. They are known for their energy and passion, especially when they perform tunes by Stan Rogers, Irish Descendants and Great Big Sea. Brian Arsenault (vocals and guitar), Robert Doucette (vocals, mandolin, guitar) and Shane Arsenault (vocals, bass) make up this group.

Brian, the lead singer and spokesman for the group, has sung and played guitar all his life. Shane started playing drums at the age of 10 then added guitar when he was 15. Robert plays many musical instruments and many varieties of music. His song “August Moon” was nominated for a 2004 P.E.I. Music Award. All three gentlemen were born and raised in musical families so their talents come naturally. Their easygoing style and lively music will have your toes tapping all night.

Champion dancer, Rachael Duncan from York, will be joining the boys on stage, performing Irish jigs and reels.

Admission to the event is $12 and includes a lunch of shamrock cookies, Irish scones, leprechaun juice and tea.

All monies raised will be used for the ongoing maintenance of this heritage building.

The boys in 45 Knots, say St. Patrick’s Day is the band’s “best day of the year.”

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Production manager for the show is Judy Bernard who can be reached at 436-2904.

Organizations: Church in Indian River, Great Big Sea, August Moon

Geographic location: Indian River, West Prince, York

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