Ran­nie MacLel­lan fea­tured at Ir­ish Hall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT/COMMUNITY -

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.

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