The Ceilidh on Friday, July 10, 8 p.m., in the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall at the Irish Cultural Centre will feature Pendergast family members Shane Pendergast and David Pendergast, accompanied by fiddler Colin Jeffrey.
There will be a 50/50 draw during the evening at the wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned hall, and a light snack is served during the intermission. The hall is licensed. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is at the door. For information, call 902-213-3924.
Shane Pendergast hails from Tracadie Cross, the grandson of two Irish tenors and the son of well-travelled local musician Michael Pendergast. Shane recently recorded an album of folk music steeped in East Coast tradition called Place to the Name. He performs regularly during the winter in Toronto, where he has been attending film school.
David Pendergast plays guitar and sings lead vocals. His influences are Stompin Tom, Steve Earle, Freddy Eaglesmith and the Irish group, The Pogues. He and his nephew, Shane, will share the stage with some witty rapport and funny stories. He is one of the Pendergast clan, known for their high-energy kitchen parties.
Jeffrey is joining the group as the fiddler for the evening. He often plays fiddle along with his twin brother and has performed for several seasons with family members in the Ireland Meets Scotland show at Beaconsfield. He is also featured quite often playing fiddle at The Old Triangle.
Expect a fast-paced night with a mix of old songs and new, some laughs and cries, all coming from a relentless love of Island traditions. All are welcome, but due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions only 50 persons can be in the hall, so come early to be assured of a seat.