Summer Series announced

Island culture, history, stories and song

The Scott MacAulay Performing Arts Centre at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada has announced their summer lineup, including three distinct shows that promote Island culture, history, stories and songs.

Mike (left) and Shane Pendergast will be on stage together for four shows in July

Highland Storm is an evening of Celtic music and dance that will captivate the audience and transport them back to a pivotal time in PEI over 250 years ago, when three ships—the Annabella, the Edinburgh and the Falmouth—arrived having carried families from their homeland in Scotland to a new land with little more than the clothes on their backs. 

Highland Storm is the story of the Scots arriving on PEI and a reimagining of their first year on the Island. Directed by Peter Gallant, the show is performed by the College’s instructors and students, and features fiddler Gilbert Arsenault and vocalist Christine Gallant. Highland Storm runs on select dates from July 13–August 5.

That’s The Island For Ya Deer! Songs and Stories of the Island You THOUGHT You Knew! featuring Mike Pendergast and Shane Pendergast runs July 8, 15, 22 and 29. This show is quintessential PEI and features the songs behind the stories and the stories behind the songs—an evening full of musical curves and detours. 

“There’s a real range of emotions in the songs that we have chosen for this show. From goofy songs to tender ballads—a healthy mix of laughter and tears,” notes Shane Pendergast. 

As Mike Pendergast explains, “The Island is a pretty special place so we let its charms take centre stage. It is a place that still surprises people whether from here or from away.” 

Fire In The Kitchen is an evening of PEI fiddling, songs and stories from the heart of the home—the kitchen. This fiery party will feature a different PEI fiddle master for each show along with a guest singer-songwriter and storyteller. Rounding out the cast is the house band—Roland Beaulieu (guitar), Tanya Bernard (keyboard), Deryl Gallant (bass), Max Gallant (drums) and two guest step dancers each night.

 The lineup of guests includes: Keelin Wedge and Christine Cameron (July 17), Louise Arsenault and Jonathan Arsenault (July 24), Mark Haines (July 31) and Gilbert Arsenault and Christine Gallant (August 7).