Ceilidh in the City hosts kitchen party

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/FEATURES -

Ceilidh in the City will be go­ing back to its tra­di­tional roots on Wed­nes­day, July 15, 7:30 p.m., with an East Coast kitchen party, fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of for­mer Rawl­ins Cross front man Joey Kit­son and his chil­dren, Julien and An­nie, as well young fid­dler Fiona MacCorqoudale.

Joey Kit­son is one of At­lantic Canada’s favourite singers. A ver­sa­tile vo­cal­ist, he is equally at home singing Celtic bal­lads, soul­ful rhythm and blues, big band jazz or mu­si­cal theatre. Kit­son be­gan his love of the blues as lead singer of the Is­land group the Rock Is­land Blues Band in the late 1980s. As the charis­matic front man for Rawl­ins Cross, he has toured through North and South Amer­ica and Europe, col­lected nu­mer­ous mu­sic in­dus­try awards and helped sell thou­sands of al­bums. He also has sung with the great Doug “Dr. Mu­sic” Ri­ley, find­ing yet another out­let for his im­pres­sive mu­si­cal sen­si­bil­ity.

In ad­di­tion, Kit­son has per­formed in fea­ture roles in a num­ber of Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts’ pro­duc­tions in his na­tive Char­lot­te­town, in­clud­ing “Canada Rocks” and “Anne of Green Gables - The Mu­si­cal”. His de­but solo record­ing is “STAN” a col­lec­tion of songs by Cana­dian folk mu­sic leg­end Stan Rogers.

An­nie Kit­son, who is 15 years old, is pur­su­ing her love of the pi­ano that started at the age of two when she first heard Mémère Noella play­ing Mu­sicbox Dancer. Inspired by her great-grand­fa­ther, Pépère Cormier, she even­tu­ally picked up the fid­dle at 13 and has just launched her singer ca­reer by con­tribut­ing lead vo­cals to a friend’s record­ing pro­ject, to be re­leased this sum­mer.

At the age of four, Julien Kit­son taught him­self how to play the drums and guitar. Now 13, the multi-in­stru­men­tal­ists plays pi­ano, drums, guitar, har­mon­ica, man­dolin, banjo and bass. Julien is re­leas­ing his first record­ing this month en­ti­tled, “Thir­teen”. He is cur­rently part of the young com­pany of “Anne & Gil­bert - the Mu­si­cal”, per­form­ing at The Guild.

Fiona, a tal­ented young fid­dler, has been wow­ing au­di­ences since a young age. Record­ing and re­leas­ing her first CD at the age of 11, she now has two record­ings to her credit.

The Kit­sons and Fiona will be join­ing the weekly hosts of the ceilidh, Kendall Docherty, Peter Burke, Heartz God­kin and Brian Knox, for the show at the Murchi­son Cen­tre, 17 St. Pius X Ave. in Char­lot­te­town. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ad­vance reser­va­tions are ac­cepted for those trav­el­ling in large groups or with spe­cial med­i­cal or mo­bil­ity needs. For in­for­ma­tion, call Docherty, 902-569-1133, or Knox, 902-569-3327, or fol­low along online at face­book.com/Ceilid­hInTheCity.

This event sup­ports the P.E.I Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion through weekly 50/50 draw, can­teen ser­vice and fa­cil­ity rental.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Fid­dler Fiona MacCorqoudale, above left, will join brother and sis­ter An­nie Kit­son and Julien Kit­son at this week’s Ceilidh in the City. Also per­form­ing will be Joey Kit­son, who is An­nie and Julien’s fa­ther.

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