Rannie MacLellan featured at Irish Hall
The Ceilidh at the Irish Hall features Cape Breton fiddler Rannie MacLellan this evening.
MacLellan, who hails from South West Margaree where he was a frequent performer at the well known dance hall there, now calls P.E.I. home. He has recorded with Mac Morin and has several selections on a recent fiddle compilation CD called “The Mabou Coal Mines” produced by Rounder Records.
Well-known Island fiddler Ward MacDonald will switch instruments on this occasion and will accompany MacLellan on keyboard.
The program will be jampacked as a new group made up of Blaine Hrabi, Nancy Clement and Colin Jeffrey will also be performing. Hrabi has been singing and playing traditional Celtic and Maritime music on P.E.I. for over 30 years. Jeffrey blends his experience with classical and Celtic styles and creates a unique folk sound that really engages the listener. Celtic influences include Scottish fiddler Alisdair Fraser and the Irish band Lunasa. Clement has been playing the flute since she was nine. She began with classical music and later fell in love with Celtic music - playing Irish wooden flute, penny whistle and Celtic harp. Over the last few years she has returned to her Celtic and folk roots and is thrilled to be playing with Jeffrey and Hrabi.
Fans of Irish, Scottish and Maritime traditional music will want to take in this event. The evening also features a 50/50 draw, and a light lunch is served during intermission. The ceilidh takes places at the Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Rd., in Charlottetown. Start time is 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 566-3273.