Twenty years of chapel mu­sic

Docherty fam­ily mem­bers look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing 20th year per­form­ing at St. An­drews Chapel

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Mem­bers of the Docherty fam­ily are cel­e­brat­ing two decades of per­form­ing to­gether on stage at St. An­drew’s Chapel. Kendall, Jason, Ti­mothy and Ge­orge Docherty will be back there again this Sun­day evening. Get the de­tails on their up­com­ing con­cert in the story on page

The Docherty fam­ily is set to per­form at St. An­drew Chapel on Sun­day, July 19, 8-10 p.m., in a con­cert that will mark a spe­cial mile­stone for this mu­si­cal Is­land fam­ily.

In the spring of 1995, Kendall Docherty was a young Is­land singer who was just about to re­lease his first CD. Like most record­ing artists he was ea­ger to per­form as much as pos­si­ble to pro­mote his up­com­ing al­bum launch and record­ing pro­ject. A call came from Rev. Wen­dell MacIn­tyre who, at that time, was an ac­tive board mem­ber and driv­ing force for the Friends of St. An­drews, a group of com­mu­nity-minded vol­un­teers who had banded to­gether to keep the his­toric St. An­drews Chapel op­er­at­ing through a se­ries of con­certs, lec­tures and other public func­tions.

The call was to see if the Docherty fam­ily would be in­ter­ested in per­form­ing sev­eral con­certs through­out the sum­mer months and into the fall in part­ner­ship with the com­mit­tee.

“Rev. MacIn­tyre was a master pro­moter at a time when ceilidhs were still rel­a­tively new and had run ra­dio ads, news­pa­per sto­ries and ads and cir­cu­lated pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial through­out eastern P.E.I.,” states Docherty.

These con­certs quickly gained in pop­u­lar­ity and fea­tured other groups as well like P.E.I.’s Fid­dlers’ Sons, who also still per­form an­nu­ally at this venue.

Con­certs would run from July un­til late Novem­ber with the ic­ing on the cake be­ing an an­nual can­dlelit Christ­mas show which al­ways filled the build­ing to ca­pac­ity to wind out the year.

Who would have known back then that the first sum­mer part­ner­ship in 1995 would lead to a 20-year tra­di­tion of this fam­ily per­form­ing at this en­chanted chapel - en­chanted be­cause it sits in the pic­turesque coun­try­side just east of Mount Stewart, over­look­ing the Hills­bor­ough River, lined with wide pine plank­ing, aged tim­bers and cen­tury old can­dles that il­lu­mi­nated ser­vices in years gone by.

The Docherty fam­ily, fea­tur­ing Ge­orge on guitar, har­mon­ica, fid­dle and vo­cals, along side his sons, Kendall on lead vo­cals and key­board, Jason on bass guitar and har­mony vo­cals and Ti­mothy on lead and rhythm guitar are look­ing for­ward to their Sun­day evening show filled with tra­di­tional mu­sic, sto­ries and laugh­ter.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show time with gen­eral ad­mis­sion. There will be a free lunch pro­vided as well as a 50/50 draw.

This event serves as a ma­jor fundraiser for the Friends of St. An­drews and the on­go­ing main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion of the his­toric St. An­drew Chapel.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Docherty Fam­ily Band, made up of, from left Kendall, Jason, Ti­mothy and Ge­orge Docherty, will be tak­ing the stage at the St. An­drew’s Chapel for a con­cert on Sun­day evening.

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