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Line-up for 2018 Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival announced

Dreaming of Summer? You’re not the only one planning ahead. Big Field Traditions, third generation organizers of the 42nd Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival and Music Camp, have made their first artist announcement for this year’s Festival.

Held in Rollo Bay from July 13 to 15, the 2018 edition of the Festival will include: home-grown favourites Vishtén, PEI adoptee Irish Mythen, The Chaisson Family, Richard Wood and, in a move sure to please those with memories of Fiddle Festivals past, a reunion of Kindle. Crossing provincial lines are fiddlers Shane Cook (Ontario) and Chrissy Crowley (Cape Breton), while multi-instrumentalist Sean Gray is visiting from Scotland, and Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, both from the USA, round out the first announcement.

“I’ve loved PEI ever since my first visit with Rose Cousins in 2012,” says fiddler/vocalist Laura Cortese.

“The East Pointers have me intrigued about the magic of Rollo Bay. I’m looking forward to soaking up some music, swimming in the Gulf Stream and sharing tunes and songs from my last year of adventurous international touring.”

Tim Chaisson, one of the organizers of the festival, says that he is excited about building on improvements made for year’s event, especially in reaching out to the Island’s French community. “I think a lot of people know this already, but Rollo Bay is originally an Acadian community. We’ve had a great group of Acadian volunteers over the last two years, and we’re so happy to have Vishtèn along this year – we really want to make sure that Acadians know it is a place they can come to have a good time, because they are really good at that.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Vishtèn’s Emma Leblanc. “Rollo Bay Music Camp and Fiddle Festival is one of our favourite weeks of the year!” says Emma. “We love that the organizers pour their hearts into the community and musical traditions from near and far and we’re honoured to be part of the team once again.”

With more artists to be announced, organizers are encouraging patrons to purchase tickets at early bird prices.

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