Ceilidh in the City hosts kitchen party
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.
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.