Book fo­cuses on his­tory of early Skye set­tlers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The trio of Richard Wood, Gor­don Belsher and Brad Frem­lin will once again bring their World Class Kitchen Party shows to Stanley Bridge on Saturday nights un­til Sept. 22.

En­joy an­other sea­son of the tra­di­tional mu­sic with award­win­ning fid­dler Wood, and his mu­si­cal bud­dies Belsher and Frem­lin.

This trio per­forms tunes that are both orig­i­nal and handed down from the greats (Win­ston Scotty Fitzger­ald, Jerry Hol­land, Don Messer, to name a few).

“They give it all 150 per cent, and we could feel it down to our tap­pin’ toes,” said an au­di­ence mem­ber.

Ad­mis­sion is at the door. There will also be ice cream and straw­ber­ries avail­able for sale.

Look­ing ahead, on Canada Day, July 1, Wood will be away per­form­ing for troops in Wain­wright, Alta. So, on June 30, Belsher and Frem­lin will be joined by Mark Haines, one of the co-stars of “The Is­land Sum­mer Re­view”.

Selkirk Sto­ries, an in­de­pen­dent Prince Ed­ward Is­land pub­lisher, has an­nounced the pub­li­ca­tion of a new edi­tion of Skye Pi­o­neers and “The Is­land” by Mal­colm A. Mac­queen (1878-1960).

It will be launched at 2 p.m. on June 16, at the Mon­tague Ro­tary Li­brary. John Westlie, pub­lisher of the book, will speak about what he has learned about Mac­queen and how he came to write Skye Pi­o­neers. He will also out­line his plans for fur­ther re­search.

Copies of the book will be avail­able for sale for $30 (tax in­cluded) at the launch. Cash or credit cards will be ac­cepted. In the mean­while, the book is now avail­able for pur­chase on­line. Af­ter the launch, copies will be avail­able lo­cally at Book­mark and In­digo in Char­lot­te­town.

This book, first pub­lished in 1929 by the Stovell Com­pany in Win­nipeg, has long been out of print and un­avail­able ex­cept in costly used copies. This edi­tion, pub­lished in con­junc­tion with the Belfast His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, seeks to make this dif­fi­cult-to-find work avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic in a re­for­mat­ted and easy-to-read edi­tion.

Skye Pi­o­neers is one of the first, if not the first, pub­lished work of ge­neal­ogy and fam­ily his­tory treat­ing the set­tlers from Skye, Scot­land, who came to P.E.I. in the 19th cen­tury and went on to oc­cupy po­si­tions of promi­nence in Canada and North Amer­ica. This book is fre­quently cited as the source of in­for­ma­tion for later pub­lished works. This makes it an indis­pens­able re­source for any­one in­ter­ested in the set­tlers aboard the Earl of Selkirk’s three ships (the Polly, Oughton and Dykes) in 1803 or aboard the Mary Kennedy in 1829, as well as for those study­ing the found­ing of com­mu­ni­ties like Belfast, Or­well and Uigg.

This edi­tion has an ad­di­tional fea­ture: an in­tro­duc­tion, writ­ten by the pub­lisher, on “Mal­colm Mac­queen and the Writ­ing of Skye Pi­o­neers.” The in­tro­duc­tion is based on archival and ge­nealog­i­cal re­search into the life of Mac­queen, as well as into other early pub­li­ca­tions on Is­land ge­neal­ogy and fam­ily his­tory.

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