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