Celtic Music Itinerary
A Week of Celtic Music
Start your tour of the Prince Edward Island Celtic music scene with a visit to the Wednesday night ceilidh at Orwell Corner Historic Village. Orwell Corner may be considered partly responsible for the thriving traditional music scene; their weekly events have been running for years, and the Ceilidhs at the Corner are now so popular that you should arrive early enough to find a seat on the pressback wooden chairs in the small community hall. If the historic village's atmosphere (the path from the parking lot and the hall itself are lit by lanterns) isn't enough, then the performances by locals and guests will surely charm and delight you. Your host will invite you to get up and join the dance.
The Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival happens every July. The region is noted for its rich fund of talented musicians, and you never know who might appear on stage at this casual and fun evening.
Kensington also hosts ceilidhs every Monday night from mid-June to mid-September. Stop by for folk and celtic music, step dancing and humerous stories with the Long River Players.
Friday night will find the regulars back at the Ceili at the Irish Hall on North River Road in Charlottetown. Here performers are unpretentious and the introductions simple and to the point. And the theme is certainly not limited to Irish as Scottish and Acadian fiddlers are just as often seen on this stage.
Saturday night go right up the stairs to the Dublin Pub on Sydney Street in Charlottetown. This place is sure to be hopping, and the performers could come from anywhere in the Maritimes. Come early enough to get a good seat, have a bite to eat, but stay late enough to join in the fun as the pub heats up.
And, of course, a stop at the College of Piping on Water Street in Summerside is a must. The College is well-known the world over for excellent instruction in the Highland arts of celtic dancing, drumming and piping. Tours, mini-concerts and Come to the Ceilidh Concerts are held daily.