Island Jubilee shows

Three shows at Florence Simmons in December

Lester MacPherson [submitted]
Lester MacPherson

The Island Jubilee Old Time Radio Music Show continues its second season with three shows in December.

The entire Island Jubilee show will head to Kings Playhouse in Georgetown on December 3 to celebrate and host Cardigan’s Lester MacPherson. Well known for sharing his music and warm sense of humour, lifting the hearts of so many throughout PEI, Lester’s evenings and weekends are usually spent lending his talents, hopping from one benefit to another, sometimes three in one evening. His humble salt of the earth personality, strong sense of place, and deep love of people, family and country music made him a staple at community events and earned him the warm-hearted nickname: The Island’s Country Gentleman. The afternoon show will start at 2 pm and feature country music, stories and more.

Shane Pendergast

The Island Jubilee Christmas Special on December 17 at 2 pm will feature PEI singer-songwriter Shane Pendergast. Hailing from a long lineage of PEI storytellers and musicians, Pendergast is keeping the Maritime folk tradition alive with his honest and insightful compositions. From acclaimed folk festivals to the back rooms of Toronto cafes, he has cemented himself as one of Atlantic Canada’s finest young folk troubadours. Singer-songwriter and step dancer Olivia Blacquiere, will join Pendergast on stage. 

The Island Jubilee welcomes Lawrence Maxwell on December 31 to celebrate the music of Hank Williams, one of country music’s most influential singer songwriters of all time. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Williams’s birth, and the 70th anniversary of his passing. Hank died at age 29 but the musical legacy he left behind remains one of the most iconic works in any music genre. On his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1949, Hank received six encores for his song “Lovesick Blues.” The Island Jubilee will try to recreate this excitement on stage at Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown on New Year’s Eve at 2 pm.

 Co-hosted by Nudie, Janet McGarry and Serge Bernard, the show’s house band includes Thomas Webb (steel guitar), Bobby McIsaac (acoustic/electric guitar), Courtney Hogan-Chandler (fiddle), Johnny Ross (piano), as well as Nudie (bass) and Serge (guitar/banjo/mandolin).

Visit islandjubilee.com for tickets and more information.