Dunes ‘n’ Tunes finale hap­pens Tues­day in Brack­ley

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The sea­son finale of the Dunes ‘n’ Tunes Ceilidh hap­pens Tues­day, Sept. 19, at the Brack­ley Beach Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Hosted by P.E.I. mu­si­cian, Johnny Ross, for the past four years, the ceilidh presents fa­mous songs of the Mar­itimes, com­ple­mented with lively fid­dle sets, pi­ano tunes, and step-danc­ing.

“We’ve been for­tu­nate to have great crowds all sum­mer; a few nights were even com­pletely sold out,” says Ross.

In ad­di­tion to Ross, the main­stay en­ter­tain­ers who have been in the show since its in­cep­tion are Peggy Clin­ton, Jor­dan LeClair, and step­dancer, Rachel Dun­can.

“Jor­dan is Peggy’s nephew and both are gifted vo­cal­ists; their won­der­ful har­monies and up­lift­ing per­son­al­i­ties are al­ways a high­light,” says Ross. Hail­ing from West Prince, LeClair proudly show­cases his roots and never fails to rev up the au­di­ence with his unique ren­di­tion of the Stompin’ Tom’s, “Luke’s Gui­tar.” Com­bined with Clin­ton’s en­thu­si­asm and Ross’s en­ergy at the pi­ano, the group main­tains a fast pace through­out the evening, but keeps things bal­anced with oc­ca­sional bal­lads and slow airs. In be­tween mu­si­cal num­bers, au­di­ences are en­cour­aged to chuckle, as amus­ing anec­dotes and fam­i­lyfriendly hu­mour is shared.

Megan Pol­lard

Some­thing new for 2017 was ro­tat­ing be­tween two dif­fer­ent fid­dlers each week. As a spe­cial bonus, both of these fid­dlers – Megan Pol­lard and Allison Giggey – will be fea­tured to­gether for the last show of the sea­son.

“It’s a dream team of singers, musicians, and dancer; we bring out the best in each other and all of us share the drive for our au­di­ence to have as much fun as we’re hav­ing on stage,” ex­claims Ross. “Vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one at­tend­ing loves this show and they don’t hes­i­tate to ex­press it through stand­ing ova­tions and en­cores.”

The Brack­ley Beach cen­tre is lo­cated at 3330 Brack­ley Point Rd. (Rte 15). Ad­mis­sion is charged at the door; no ad­vance sales.

Ad­mis­sion is $15 for adults and $10 for chil­dren 12 and un­der. Door opens at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m.


Allison Giggey


Per­form­ing at the finale of the Dunes ‘n’ Tunes Ceilidhs, from left, are Jor­dan LeClair, Johnny Ross and Peggy Clin­ton.

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