Blues and Bon­fires

In­dian River Fes­ti­val of­fer­ing blues and Mar­itime mu­sic this week­end

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY -

It’s blues night on Fri­day and Bonfire con­cert Sun­day.

Or­ga­niz­ers say there’s an in­cred­i­ble week­end of mu­sic in store for vis­i­tors to his­toric St. Mary’s for the award win­ning In­dian River Fes­ti­val. For a night of blues and orig­i­nal mu­sic, come Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. for P.E.I.’s own Amanda Jack­son Trio and 2018 ECMA Blues Record­ing of the Year win­ner, Mike Big­gar from New Brunswick.

Then visit on Sun­day, July 15, for a 3 p.m. mati­nee with Chris Nor­man, David Green­berg and Matthew Ol­well pre­sent­ing “The Bonfire.” Amanda Jack­son Trio was Mu­sic New Brunswick’s and 2018 ECMA’s Blues Record­ing of the year award win­ner. “Amanda Jack­son’s suc­cess has been tremen­dous this past year and we are happy to have them make their de­but at In­dian River Fes­ti­val this sea­son,” says Don Quar­les, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val. They will be fol­lowed by Big­gar bring­ing blues, orig­i­nal songs and hu­mour to this July 13 con­cert. “Mike Big­gar in an in­cred­i­ble per­former as well and was the 2018 win­ner of the ECMA Blues Record­ing of the year and past re­cip­i­ent of a Mu­sic New Brunswick award so we are ex­cited to have Mike join us this sum­mer.” Sun­day’s mati­nee con­cert is called “The Bonfire” and in­cludes imag­i­na­tive, dy­namic per­form­ers, ex­plor­ing the fire from which Mar­itime mu­sic ig­nited, with glow­ing tra­di­tional tunes for flutes, fid­dle, pipes, key­boards, voice and in­spired chore­ographed dance. “Chris performed on the Os­car­win­ning sound­track of ‘Ti­tanic’ and many other Hol­ly­wood films in­clud­ing ‘Sol­dier’ and ‘Stone of Destiny,’” said Quar­les. “This con­cert in­cludes David on vi­o­lin, who’s artistry spans cen­turies, and Matthew on per­cus­sion, who has been teach­ing and per­form­ing in fes­ti­vals and the­atres around the world since 1996.” Doors open one hour prior to con­cert time and food and bev­er­age is avail­able for pur­chase in the pav­il­ion, in­clud­ing hand­pies from the P.E.I. Hand­pie Com­pany, Sa­muels Cof­fee, Up­street Brew­ing beer, cook­ies from Crys­tal Green Farms and IRF’s straw­berry short­cake. “We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing and hear­ing these artists in our space,” says Quar­les. “If you have never been to St. Mary’s Church or the fes­ti­val be­fore, we en­cour­age you to come and ex­pe­ri­ence this and check it off of your P.E.I. bucket list.” His­toric St. Mary’s, known for its near per­fect acous­tics, was de­signed by Is­land ar­chi­tect Wil­liam Critchlow Har­ris and built in 1902 over­look­ing Malpeque Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion and to buy tick­ets, go to the IRF face­book page or web­site at In­di­anRiverFes­ti­ ; call Tick­et­pro at 1-888-311-9090 or the Fes­ti­val Box of­fice at 902-836-3733.


Amanda Jack­son Trio.


Mike Big­gar.


David Green­berg and Chris Nor­man.

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