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Concert Series artists announced at Victoria Playhouse

Rum Ragged from Newfoundland will make its PEI debut on July 16Musical Mondays are back at Victoria Playhouse for 2018 with eight acts from across Canada. Kicking off the series on July 2 in signature high-energy style is Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys. This popular Celtic-roots ensemble is PEI based, but has been touring extensively in recent years, from the UK to Australia, across Canada, and throughout Europe.

Up next on July 9 are Cindy Church and Susan Crowe. These two Canadian singer-songwriters have been the recipients of numerous national and regional music awards and nominations during their extensive careers. With styles that touch on everything from country to jazz to folk, Church and Crowe have joined forces and their combined talents make for an unforgettable evening of music.

Making their PEI debut on July 16 is the traditional Newfoundland quartet Rum Ragged. Talented multi-instrumentalists, they released their debut album in 2016 and have rapidly amassed a passionate fan base. With guitar, banjo, mandolin, squeeze box, and bodhran, Rum Ragged’s tunes are at once traditional and refreshingly original.

The cult favourites Madison Violet will take the stage on July 23. Though they met and formed Madison Violet in Toronto, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have roots in Cape Breton. Characterized by harmonies and a funky genre-bending style, the pair have eight albums and an enviable list of awards and prizes to their credit, including a Juno in 2010 for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year and a Grand Prize in the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Micah Barnes, a former member of the Canadian band The Nylons, brings his New York Stories to the Playhouse on August 6. Accompanied on keyboards by Holly Arsenault, Barnes breathes new life into a selection of favourites from such New York legends as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Carole King and Burt Bacharach.

Cara Luft and JD Edwards form the folk-rock duo The Small Glories who take to the stage on August 13. He’s a little bit rock-and-roll and she’s a little bit folk, but when an anniversary gig at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg serendipitously threw them together, a haunting and harmonious sound was born.

Ian Sherwood, a former member of the popular Island band The Jive Kings, closes out the series on August 27. Sherwood is a natural story-teller and performer. With guitar, saxophone, and songs, his pop-folk shows are greater than the sum of their parts.

For tickets, contact the Victoria Playhouse box office at 1-800-925-2025 or 658-2025 or victoriaplayhouse.com.

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