Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival

Back for a 47th year

The Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, a family-friendly event dedicated to preserving the rich tradition of music in PEI, will hold its 47th annual celebration from July 21–23. As one of the longest-running festivals in the region, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival has grown exponentially over the past four decades, attracting top-notch performers and drawing music enthusiasts from around the world.

Fiddler Shane Cook [photo by Louise Bichan]

This year’s lineup will feature The Chaisson Family, Andrea Beaton, Troy MacGillivray, Rum Ragged, Shane Cook, Liz Carroll, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Kindle and more.

The Festival kicks off on Friday with performances on the Main Stage from 5–8 pm, hosted by Julie Pellesier-Lush. The Here We Go Barn Dance, featuring the dynamic duo of Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray, will commence at 8:30 pm. The festivities will continue into the night with the Trad Disco from 11–11:30 pm.

Saturday will be packed with activities and workshops. From 9 am–12 noon, music enthusiasts can participate in a variety of workshops. The day will also feature the Fiddlers 5K Run at 10 am and the popular Ceilidh Barn Stage performances, including the Tunes & Tales and the Tunewriter + Songwriter Circle with Liz Carroll, Andrea Beaton, Shane Pendergast and Laura Cortese from 12:30–4 pm. The Saturday Main Stage, hosted by JJ Chaisson, will showcase Shane Cook, Liz Carroll, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and Kindle from 5–8 pm. Later in the evening, the Here We Go Barn Dance will feature Dara Smith MacDonald and Adam Young.

On Sunday, attendees can enjoy morning music workshops, the Rollo Bay Cup (all ages soccer), and the Sunday Ceilidh Barn Stage, featuring performances by various artists, including the Rollo Bay Kitchen Group, Queens County Fiddlers, Fano Fiddlers, Sara & James Nelson, The Receivers, and Anna Ludlow. The Sunday Main Stage, hosted by Nathalie Arsenault, will close the Festival with performances by Dara Smith MacDonald, Adam Young, Shane Pendergast, Richard Wood and 6 Hearts from 5–8 pm. The Festival will end with the Here We Go Barn Dance featuring Richard Wood and the Chaisson Family.

For those interested in honing their musical skills, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival offers a range of music workshops. Participants can learn from expert instructors in classes such as Wee Kids Beginner Fiddle, Intermediate Cape Breton Fiddle, Trad Guitar, Master Class, Square Dancing and more. Prices for the workshops range per class, with the Wee Kids class requiring participants to bring their own fiddles.