Duo to take the stage for Close to the Ground

Billy MacIn­nis and Leon Gal­lant guests of Fid­dlers’ Sons and Keelin Wedge on Aug. 3

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

The Close to the Ground Con­cert Se­ries con­tin­ues Thurs­day, Aug. 3 8 p.m., at the Kaylee Hall, Poole’s Cor­ner.

This week, Fid­dlers’ Sons and Keelin Wedge wel­come spe­cial guests Billy MacIn­nis and Leon Gal­lant.

MacIn­nis, a third-gen­er­a­tion fid­dler, has been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences since the age of five. He hails from Vil­lage Green, P.E.I., and has had the plea­sure of shar­ing the stage with artists such as Len­nie Gal­lant, Rita MacNeil, John Al­lan Cameron and Prairie Oys­ter at var­i­ous fairs and fes­ti­vals through­out the coun­try.

Also known as Stompin’ Tom’s fid­dle player, MacIn­nis spent nine years tour­ing with Canada’s icon un­til his sud­den death in March 2013. Dur­ing those nine years, MacIn­nis played on the record­ing of Con­nors’ CD “The Bal­lad” and Tom’s “Live in Con­cert” DVD.

MacIn­nis has also been play­ing lead gui­tar and fid­dle with Stony Plain record­ing artist coun­try singer/song­writer Tim Hus from Nel­son, B.C.

Gal­lant is a singer-song­writer and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist from Stan­ley Bridge, P.E.I. He is well known for his per­for­mances with The Avon­lea Show Band and for host­ing his own con­cert se­ries at the Stan­ley Bridge Women’s In­sti­tute Hall ev­ery summer. To­gether, MacIn­nis and Gal­lant play a lively mix of Is­land orig­i­nals and Mar­itime favourites.

Copies of their award-win­ning record­ings will be avail­able at the show.

The air-con­di­tioned Kaylee Hall is lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of routes 3 and 4 near Mon­tague.

There will be a can­teen ser­vice and 50/50 draw. All are wel­come, and ad­mis­sion is at the door.

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Stompin’ Tom’s fid­dle player Billy MacIn­nis and singer/song­writer Leon Gal­lant will be the spe­cial guests of hosts Fid­dlers’ Sons and Keelin Wedge Aug. 3 at the Kaylee Hall, Poole’s Cor­ner for the weekly Egg Farm­ers Of P.E.I. Close to the Ground Con­cert Se­ries.

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