Fid­dlers’ Sons to play chapel

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Fid­dlers’ Sons will play a con­cert at the his­toric St. An­drew’s Chapel in Mount Ste­wart on Sun­day, July 30 at 8 p.m.

Ev­ery sum­mer since the band’s for­ma­tion, Fid­dlers’ Sons has been hosted by the Friends of St. An­drew’s to play con­certs in sup­port of main­tain­ing the sto­ried church.

The wooden struc­ture pro­vides ex­cel­lent acous­tics, and the view from the scenic grounds make for a truly unique con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fid­dlers’ Sons plays a mix of tra­di­tional folk and Celtic mu­sic, along with con­tem­po­rary num­bers writ­ten by band mem­bers Eddy Quinn and John B. Web­ster. They will be fea­tur­ing sev­eral songs and sto­ries from the bands re­cently re­leased al­bum, “Fid­dlers’ Sons The Best Of Twenty Years”.

St. An­drew’s Chapel is a re­con­struc­tion of a Ro­man Catholic church built in 1805, by Scot­tish set­tlers un­der the di­rec­tion of An­gus Bernard MacEach­ern, who is listed as a Na­tional His­toric Per­son. St. An­drew’s Chapel was the first ma­jor church in P.E.I. and is a fine ex­am­ple of 18th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture with orig­i­nal round-headed win­dows, a style used by early English and Scot­tish set­tlers.

Re­placed by a new and larger church in 1862, it stood aban­doned un­til 1864 when it was moved 20 miles over the ice-cov­ered river into Char­lot­te­town, where it be­came part of St. Joseph’s Con­vent and School. Un­til the school’s clo­sure in 1975 this build­ing served the young peo­ple of Char­lot­te­town.

In 1987, fire dev­as­tated the old con­vent, but many tim­bers from the 1805 church re­mained. A group known as The Friends of St. An­drew’s re­turned the charred tim­bers to St. An­drew’s where they were re­con­structed into St. An­drews Chapel.

The chapel is at 10161 St Peter’s Rd., just east of Mount Ste­wart. Copies of the new Fid­dlers’ Sons CD and Quinn’s book of short sto­ries “Is­land Char­ac­ters” will be avail­able for sale. There will be a 50/50 draw and light re­fresh­ments at in­ter­mis­sion. Ad­mis­sion is at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-961-2096

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