From blue­grass to string quar­tets this week­end

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The In­dian River Fes­ti­val of­fers two di­verse con­certs this week­end: Gordie MacKee­man and His Rhythm Boys to­day at 7:30 p.m. and the Ce­cilia String Quar­tet on Sun­day, July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s own Rhythm Boys’ take to the stage to de­liver an ex­hil­a­rat­ing live show with their en­gag­ing, some­times jaw-drop­ping, stage­craft and show­man­ship. Mackee­man, known for his fid­dle play­ing and his “crazy legs” shakes and twist, is joined by the sure­footed ac­com­pa­ni­ment of the Rhythm Boys. With flavours of tra­di­tional blue­grass and roots mu­sic, bol­stered by their stun­ning mu­si­cian­ship, the group has re­turned from tour­ing across the U.K., Ire­land, Bel­gium, Malaysia and Aus­tralia.

Tak­ing their name from St. Ce­cilia, the pa­tron saint of mu­sic, the Ce­cilia String Quar­tet cel­e­brates 10 years of tour­ing, record­ing and men­tor­ing other young mu­si­cians. Cur­rently res­i­dent artists at the Univer­sity of Toronto, this award-win­ning ensem­ble has de­lighted au­di­ences from Am­s­ter­dam to Lon­don’s Wig­more Hall with pow­er­ful and ex­pres­sive in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary reper­toire. Works by Haydn, We­bern and Men­delssohn will come to life on the St. Mary’s stage. The Canada Coun­cil In­stru­ment Bank has pro­vided sup­port of this per­for­mance; Rachel De­soer will be play­ing the 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Od­done cello, on loan from the pres­ti­gious col­lec­tion of fine in­stru­ments. Join Des­roer at 6:45 p.m. on Sun­day for a pre­con­cert talk in the fes­ti­val’s pav­il­ion, as she dis­cusses play­ing on this rare in­stru­ment and life as a cham­ber mu­si­cian.

This week­end, the fes­ti­val will also welcome ac­tress Jen­nifer Car­roll to the stage. She will per­form as beloved au­thor Lucy Maud Mont­gomery in “Maud of Leaskdale”, a one-woman play that recre­ates Maud’s life as a newly mar­ried min­is­ter’s wife. The one re­main­ing per­for­mance take place on Satur­day, July 25, 3 p.m.

The fes­ti­val’s new out­door pav­il­ion is now open one hour prior to show time, and au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to en­joy the space and grab some re­fresh­ments be­fore the show.

Per­for­mances take place St. Mary’s Church, In­dian River. Ticket and con­cert in­for­ma­tion can be found by vis­it­ing­di­an­river­fes­ti­ or by phon­ing our box of­fice at 1-866856-3733.


The Ce­cilia String Quar­tet will per­form Sun­day evening as part of the In­dian River Fes­ti­val at St. Mary’s Church.

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