150 Years of Island Music
The Irish Scots, along with storyteller Alan Buchanan and two world champion dancers from the Havenwood Studio, are bringing their new show to the New London Community Complex on February 3 at 7 pm and February 4 at 2 pm at the Afton Hall. The show, entitled 150 Years of Island Music is a lively celebration of Island folk music, folklore, and storytelling, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Prince Edward Island joining the Confederation of Canada.
The Irish Scots are made up of Norman Stewart, Maxine MacLennan, and Courtney Hogan-Chandler. Along with lively vocals, audiences will be treated to tunes on guitar, fiddle, bodhran and mandolin. The Irish Scots will showcase all the great musical contributors of the past 150 years of amazing Island music, covering material from Larry Gorman and Dan Riley to Stompin’ Tom Connors, Gene MacLellan , Lennie Gallant, and everyone else in between. Audience members are guaranteed to laugh at the humor and stories, and they’ll even be treated to a cameo “appearance” by Don Messer and the Islanders, along with the legendary Buchta Dancers. PEI storyteller, Alan Buchanan narrates the show, using his knowledge of Island history and his enormous collection of humorous stories and folklore, to honour the value and persistence of the oral tradition in PEI. Alan’s narration gives context to the show, highlighting the various themes and events that influenced Island songwriting through the decades. World champion dancers, Janelle Banks and Molly MacEwen, complete the performing troupe, and they’ll kick up their heels with a variety of folkloric steps.
Tickets available at the door, cash only, or can be reserved by calling 902-314-1800, as well as visiting IrishScots.ca.