Island-wide music festival returns June 10–24
The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is returning from June 10 to 24 with events Island-wide to commemorate their 10th anniversary.
The festival is bringing back one show from each past festival to go along with this year’s new shows. A highlight from 2008 features world-class PEI performers Vishtèn and Richard Wood, along with Nova Scotia fiddler Troy MacGillivray, who will be accompanied by Cape Breton pianist and step dancer Mac Morin. Other performers from festivals past include Acadian group Gadelle, country band The Ellis Family Band, storytellers David Weale and Gary Evans, folk singers Irish Mythen and Ashley Condon, and more.
The festival began as an effort to to breathe new life into rural community halls by bringing in professional musicians, dancers and storytellers.
The first festival featured fourteen concerts and dances in nine small halls, as well as a number of performances on board Northumberland Ferries crossings between PEI and Nova Scotia. Since then, it has grown to include more than 50 events in the span of 15 days, from evening concerts and late night jam sessions to children’s shows and workshops. New in 2018, free guided hikes on rural trails will take place throughout the Festival, in association with Island Trails.
Festival Manager Debbie Atkinson has been with the Festival since it began, and says, “We are elated to be celebrating the Festival’s 10 th anniversary. Our Festival has grown steadily since it began in 2008 and has a tremendous history of presenting excellence.”
Of the more than 80 acts taking part in 2018, there are lots of new faces to the Festival, including comedian James Mullinger, Scottish/American roots group Fàrsan, Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond, Cape Breton fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, and PEI’s blues sensation, the Amanda Jackson Band.
Tickets for the 10th anniversary of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls are on sale now. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.smallhalls.com or visit the Festival box office at Maypoint Plaza in Charlottetown.