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Christmas Ceilidh in Kinkora on Dec. 9 to be hosted by Janet McGarry and Wildwood

Janet McGarry and Wildwood will host a special Christmas Ceilidh on Sunday at Kinkora Place.
Janet McGarry and Wildwood will host a special Christmas Ceilidh on Sunday at Kinkora Place. - Contributed

KINKORA, P.E.I. - Well-known for its ceilidhs, Kinkora will be presenting a special Christmas Ceilidh on Sunday, Dec.9, beginning at 1:30 pm., at Kinkora Place, with the doors opening 1 p.m. 

Janet McGarry and her band Wildwood will host this show and will feature a unique selection of Christmas songs from the early days of country and old-time music – traditional, contemporary and original Christmas music set in an acoustic style that is truly a unique experience. The sounds of gospel, old-time country and bluegrass music will ring Christmas on the old five-string banjo, mandolin, flat-top guitar, doghouse bass and fiddle. Admission is $10 at the door. For information, contact Neville Lawless at 902-887-2818 or Gary Arsenault, 902-303-1048.

Three other performers will also be performing at the ceilidh.

Callie Thomson of Shamrock is a 17-year-old freshman at UPEI in the bachelor of science program. At the age of nine, she began voice lessons and studied until the age of 16. When she was 11, she enrolled in guitar lessons. Over the years, she has competed in many P.E.I. youth talent competitions and lent her voice to numerous sporting events, festivals, fundraisers, school and community events. She has also been involved with the St. Malachy's Folk Choir and last year was a vocalist in the Christmas performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Emily Craig of Middleton, who has had a love for music for as long as she can remember, plays the fiddle, piano and tin whistle. She took an interest in the fiddle at a young age and spent many hours busking with her fiddle at Gateway Village this past summer. She also performed at the Somerset Festival in Kinkora in July. Over the years, she has played with Island musicians Cynthia MacLeod, Eddy Quinn and the late Nathan Condon. She loves to attend concerts, ceilidhs, fundraisers, dances or any event where there is music and especially enjoys going to visit seniors who still reside in their own homes and playing her fiddle for them.

Dave Thomson (Callie’s grandfather) can’t count the number of benefits, senior’s homes, dances and community events that he’s played at over the years. Besides the fiddle, he dabbles in mandolin and plays instruments he has made himself.

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