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Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

Larry Gillis picks some swampgrassWe’ve wound up our winter if Florida and are wending our way back home after stops at Colonial Williamsburg, VA to take in some US history and visit the historic towns of Jamestown and Yorktown. This experience was enjoyable and we learned some US history in our travels.

After Williamsburg, VA we left for London, ON by way of Erie, PA. The border crossing at Buffalo was uneventful which was much appreciated.

We spent a few days in London with our daughter and son-in-law and enjoyed some London hospitality.

Before we left Florida we did a food pilgrimage on St. Patrick’s Day to The Lucky Dill in Palm Harbor. This is a bar and grill set up to emulate the burroughs of New York city. St. Patrick’s Day is a very busy time for The Lucky Dill as they feature the classic corned beef and cabbage dinner which is one of the best I’ve ever had outside of my own home. I opted for the reuben sandwich which is huge with one pound of corned beef on rye bread complete with pickles and, oddly enough, mashed potatoes. I guess the famine is over. A wise person should only eat half of this but after a couple of Guinness I was able to round it up and leave with a very satisfied smile on my face.

Irish music is featured at The Lucky Dill all day on St. Patrick’s Day and some of the local entertainers are very good. Some of the roving pipers were a trifle annoying, but isn’t that always the case.

The music portion of the month was a trip to New Port Richey for Chasco Fiesta. We always try to attend bluegrass night, weather permitting. This years bluegrass show featured a group called the Michigan Misfits as well as The Larry Gillis Band.

The Michigan Misfits are just that. They would probably be quite entertaining at a local tavern, where they play on a regular basis, but to a sit down crowd they were less than stellar.

The feature group was The Larry Gillis Band. Larry has been to the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Festival in the past and has a hard driving bluegrass, or as he calls it, swampgrass sound. Larry’s band at Rollo Bay was great but the band members from that time have moved on and have been replaced by a much less talented group. The show was passable but far from the professional show that he put on in Rollo Bay.

Speaking of Rollo Bay, if you want advance tickets for that show featuring The Lonesome River Band call Shirley Jay at 902-566-2641 or Glenda Johnston at 902-569-4501. You can be assured that it will be a great show with The Clay Hess Band and Ned Crisp and Bottomline.

Until next time don’t forget to support live country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday evening at 9:00PM on CFCY 95.1 FM in Charlottetown and on the web at


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