Tim Chaisson (photo: Jen Squires)

All fiddle all day

The Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival is in its 43rd year

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The 43rd annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival has announced their 2019 lineup, featuring 2019 ECMA winners The Barra MacNeils, 2019 ECMA winners and 2017 JUNO Award winners The East Pointers, PEI natives Vishtèn, and ECMA winner Richard Wood. Taking place July 19 to 21, in Rollo Bay, the festival attracts the best artists from the fiddling tradition, including international guests and local groups.

“We’re so excited about this year’s line-up! It’s a mixture of the best in east coast traditional music (The Barra MacNeils, Vishtèn, Richard Wood) plus the best in national and international traditional and folk (Shane Cook, Scandinavian String Alliance, Liz Stringer),” said Tim Chaisson, Festival Director. “There’s non-stop music, dancing, great food and drinks—all in one place in one weekend. I’m also really happy to be playing as part of The East Pointers and The Chaisson Family—there’s no place like home and Rollo Bay is truly where it all began for us.”

The festival will include performances by Mairi Rankin, The Chaisson Family, Shane Cook, Teresa Doyle, Liz Stringer, Sean Gray, Stacey Read, Scott Cook, DOC, Ward MacDonald, Inn Echo, Joe MacMaster, Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young, Scandinavian String Alliance, The Chaisson Trio, Thomas Harrington, Ellen MacPhee, and Kate Bevan-Baker.

The Barra MacNeils from Cape Breton will be on the stage of this year’s Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival

Founded in 1976, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Fest began from visions and musings of local fiddlers Bishop Faber MacDonald and Joe Pete Chaisson. Years later, the outdoor festival is a great mix of relaxed family atmosphere, local food and drink—including an outpost of Copperbottom Brewery—and onsite camping in the beautiful PEI landscape. Pulling in acts from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and more, Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival has become a highly sought-out destination for fiddle fans from all over Canada and the world.

Days before the festival, the 4th annual Rollo Bay Music Camp will open its doors for students to learn from world class instructors and fiddle festival artists while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Eastern PEI in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Music Camp allows attendees to learn traditional styles of fiddle, guitar, tenor banjo, piano, dance, accordion, bodhran, songwriting, and step dancing from July 16 to 18.

Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival is grateful for the support of the community and the volunteers who help make the Festival and Music Camp so special. Volunteers are invited to contact the festival if they would like to participate. Find out more about volunteer opportunities, Music Camp, Festival schedule, directions and ticket info at rollobayfiddlefest.ca.