Rollo Bay Fid­dle Fes­ti­val un­der­way

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The ceilidh barn, sur­rounded by the green fields of east­ern Kings County, the set­ting for this year’s 41st an­nual Rollo Bay Fid­dle Fes­ti­val that kicked off on Fri­day with a con­cert fea­tur­ing in­ter­na­tional guest Liz Car­roll, in­ter-prov­ince vis­i­tors An­dre Brunét, Mairi Rankin (with lo­cal dancer Nathalie Arse­nault) and Chris Kirby and the home-grown tal­ents of Elmer Dea­gle, fol­lowed

by the sec­ond an­nual trad disco.

Or­ga­niz­ers have been mak­ing changes to try to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the fes­ti­val af­ter tak­ing over the even in 2016 and are fo­cus­ing this year on in­creased com­fort lev­els, in­clud­ing ded­i­cated dis­abil­ity park­ing, more golf carts for trans­port be­tween park­ing and stage ar­eas, three un­der­cover seat­ing ar­eas and mov­ing the beer gar­den to be closer to the ceilidh barn.

Brent Chais­son, a third-gen­er­a­tion or­ga­nizer of the fes­ti­val as well as a per­former in the group DOC, is happy with how the week­end is un­fold­ing.

‘The line-up this year is very ex­cit­ing, be­cause Liz Car­roll is here – we’re all huge fans,’ Brent says.

‘There’s also a big fran­co­phone com­po­nent, in­clud­ing An­dre Brunét and Les Poules a Colin, which is re­ally im­por­tant to this re­gion, given that Rollo Bay is orig­i­nally an Aca­dian com­mu­nity,’ he said.

‘We’re so thank­ful for the sup­port of the Fédéra­tion cul­turelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard that has helped bring these artists out to Rollo Bay, as well as a spe­cial event on Sun­day. The Car­ni­val in Prom­e­nade is an orig­i­nal col­lab­o­ra­tion

be­tween the Aca­dian and fran­co­phone com­mu­nity and the Mi’kmaq com­mu­nity of P.E.I. to cel­e­brate in­no­va­tive artis­tic ex­pres­sions, in­clud­ing cir­cus. We know our au­di­ences will love it.’

With one fan­tas­tic night down, there are still plenty of won­der­ful artists ahead, in­clud­ing The Chais­son Fam­ily, Shelly Camp­bell and Al­lan De­war, Co­lette Chev­erie, DOC, An­dre Brunét, Liz Stringer, Liz Car­roll, Sean Gray, Emer­ald Rae, the Chais­son Trio, Teresa Doyle, Richard Wood, Ward Mac­Don­ald, Les Poules a Colin, An­drea Beaton, JJ Chais­son, Vishtén, The East Point­ers and plenty more.

Tick­ets and the full sched­ule of per­for­mance times are avail­able on­line at rol­lobay­fid­dle­fest. ca.

Ticket can also be pur­chased at the gate be­tween 9:30 a.m. to­day and Sun­day.

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