Richard Wood [Katelyn Fraser]

Piping hot summer

Three new shows to enjoy in Summerside this year

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The College of Piping’s Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside will stage three new shows this summer—Pendy’s Pub, Richard Wood: Through the Years, and Highland Storm.

Michael Pendergast will present an all new version of Pendy’s Pub in July and August, showcasing Island fiddlers with their particular and pleasing mix of traditional Irish, Scottish and Acadian tunes on Tuesdays, and an assortment of guest singers from across the Island on Saturdays. Based on the popular cable television show from the late 1990’s, Pendy’s Pub will feature spirited tunes, sudsy songs and tall tales served up straight by Pendy himself. Join some of PEI’s favourite entertainers in the convivial atmosphere of a local tavern. With his house band The Keggers, Pendy will welcome both regulars and stragglers with a wink and a smile, and they will be quick to conjure a comical drinking song or an Irish ballad that will pull at the heartstrings.

Richard Wood: Through the Years will be on stage on Wednesdays, inviting the audience to voyage through three decades of music and memories that will take them around the world. From child prodigy to international touring artist, Wood’s show will feature never before seen videos and photos that take the audience from his humble beginnings as a step dancer taking the North American competition circuit by storm, to being named by MacLean’s magazine as one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century. Richard Wood: Through the Years will be an evening of heart pounding, show-stopping jigs and reels, harmoniously entwined with songs, slow airs, drums and a handsaw solo. Brad Fremlin, Jon Matthews, and students and instructors from The College of Piping will join Wood on stage.

Highland Storm, directed by Peter Gallant, has been revamped for the 2021 season. It will be on stage on Thursdays this summer and will transport the audience to Hillsborough Bay, PEI around 250 years ago when the Annabella, the Edinburgh and the Falmouth arrived carrying families from their homeland to a new land with little more than the clothes on their backs. The story of the Scots arriving on PEI will be performed by The College of Piping’s instructors and students and will showcase Celtic music, Highland and step dancers, sounds from the pipes and drums, combined with the haunting melodies of traditional songs and the fire of the fiddle.

The Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping is located at 619 Water St East in Summerside.

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