‘Al­ways an hon­our’

El­lis Fam­ily Band, Fid­dlers’ Sons happy to team up for Aug. 16 con­cert at Har­bourfront The­atre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sally Cole Sally Cole is an en­ter­tain­ment writer with The Guardian. She wel­comes com­ments about her col­umn as well as sug­ges­tions for fu­ture col­umns from read­ers. She may be reached at sally.cole@The­Guardian. pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

I’ve watched band front man Eddy Quinn wel­come dozens of mu­si­cal guests to the Close to the Ground con­cert stage over the past 14 years.

So when I heard that the pop­u­lar Celtic group, Fid­dlers’ Sons, was open­ing for the El­lis Fam­ily Band on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 16, at the Har­bourfront The­atre in Sum­mer­side, I won­dered how about how he felt about it. have teamed up at four pre­vi­ous Close to the Ground con­certs. They per­formed in­di­vid­ual band sets and even jammed to­gether.

“It’s al­ways an hon­our. And I’m ex­cited,” says Quinn, who grew up lis­ten­ing to the band’s hit sin­gles on CFCY ra­dio.

“Even now their orig­i­nal songs are time­less.”

Be­sides shar­ing the stage, Quinn tells me he’s look­ing to spend­ing time with band mem­bers af­ter sound check and in the green room.

“Not only are they some of the top mu­si­cians in the coun­try, they’re just ex­cel­lent fel­lows. And we al­ways have a lot of laughs when we get to­gether. So it’s nice to share fel­low­ship with the guys,” says Quinn, lead singer for the band that in­cludes John B. Web­ster on gui­tar and fid­dler Court­ney Ho­gan-Chan­dler, and Keelin Wedge on fid­dle, vo­cals, gui­tar, and bass.

When I spoke with Brian El­lis, he said the feel­ing is mu­tual.

“We re­ally en­joy play­ing with Fid­dlers’ Sons. And we love work­ing with Eddy Quinn.”

But what will make this per­for­mance spe­cial is fans from both groups will be drawn into a soft seat con­cert set­ting.

“The Har­bourfront The­atre is a great the­atre. So there will be lots of syn­ergy,” says El­lis.

As the open­ing act, Fid­dlers’ Sons will per­form songs from the new CD, “Fid­dlers’ Sons - The Best Of Twenty Years 1997-2017,” a col­lec­tion of the band’s most re­quested songs from their seven record­ings along with three new songs. It in­cludes crowd favourites like “The Girl from Gaspereaux” and “Ea­gles Fly”, a song that Web­ster wrote as a trib­ute to his son Alex. As well, the con­cert will in­clude num­bers by Ho­ganChan­dler and Wedge, who have also re­leased al­bums.

“I think it’s go­ing to make for a nice va­ri­ety show and every­body will go home smil­ing.”


Fid­dlers’ Sons, left, will open for the El­lis Fam­ily Band, right, dur­ing the Aug. 16 con­cert at the Har­bourfront The­atre in Sum­mer­side. Mem­bers of Fid­dlers’ Sons are John B, Web­ster, Keelin Wedge, Court­ney Ho­gan-Chan­dler and Eddy Quinn. The El­lis Fam­ily Band con­sists of Dave El­lis, Brian El­lis, Rick El­lis, Greg Mac­Don­ald and Steve El­lis.

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