Ticket Cost: $25
Where to Purchase: Committee member or Municipal office Recreation Coordinator starting Monday, June 1st.
Ross Family – www.rossfamily.ca
Stephanie (vocals/guitar/dance), Danielle (vocals/fiddle/dance), Alex (percussion/dance), and Johnny (piano) comprised the original Ross Family lineup. With a blend of Acadian and Scottish influences, the four siblings grew up playing traditional tunes and step-dancing together at home. When the youngest member of the group was five years old, they cut their teeth entertaining tourists at a couple of PEI resorts – then-named Stanhope By The Sea, as well as the Stanley Bridge Country Resort. At this stage, the family’s biggest asset was being cute, musicianship slowly taking root.
A few years later, the bilingual group received a push in the right direction when they were featured as up-and-coming performers in the Charlottetown Festival (Confederation Centre of the Arts). This experience would lead to repeat performances at many other festivals and events all over Prince Edward Island, as well as occasional appearances elsewhere in Eastern Canada.
In 2006, a self-managed, annual concert series was born – The Ross Family Ceilidh. This frequently sold-out event has become a tasty ingredient in many PEI vacations and has helped the group develop a loyal worldwide following. Some attendees have become “regulars” who return every year, watching the family grow from novice performers into increasingly refined young musicians. As of 2013, the ceilidh has been running eight seasons at the Stanley Bridge Hall.
A downsized band emerged in 2011 when Alex announced he was stepping away from playing music. Alex is fondly remembered by fans for his impossibly flexible dancing legs and by his siblings for the extra spice he brought to shows. Nonetheless, the Ross Family has never looked back since adapting into a trio.
Amy & Rachel Beck – amyrachelbeck.comFamily: a link to the past and a bridge to the future.Fitting how that short phrase works equally well in defining the songs and stories shared by Amy and Rachel Beck, who are carrying on family traditions with their not-so-traditional take on folk music –contemporary, carefully crafted, and undeniably endearing.The fresh-to-the-fold, folk-singing sisters from eastern Prince Edward Island are celebrating the release of their latest EP, Run–the multi award-nominated follow-up to their 2013 eponymous debut. Featuring six songs produced by fellow Islander Tim Chaisson and recorded by heralded engineer Mike Shepherd at Lakewind Sound Studios on Cape Breton Island, the collection picks up right where its predecessor left off. The songs are rooted in the traditional folk stylings of decades past but carry more contemporary musings with catchy pop-tinged choruses and simple-but-substantial arrangements that tie together elements of folk, roots, and even R&B in a unique sonic signature. The common thread throughout is one of optimism, of promise, that’s both inviting and engaging.Run’s sharp-but-simple production lets Amy’s multi-instrumental melodies act as the anchor for Rachel’s strong, stunning lead vocals. The standout moments, though, come when the sisters’ complementary voices are interwoven in perfect harmony or layered atop one another, rendering it nearly impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins.Amy and Rachel Beck quickly ascended to the national stage when they came out of nowhere to land a spot as national finalists in the inaugural CBC Searchlight Contest in early 2013. Since, the duo has made up for lost time by releasing their well-received studio debut and new EP within thirteen monthsand sharing their musicwith ardent audiences throughout the Maritimes.With plenty of momentum behind them thanks to heaps of industry attention and an ever-growing fan base, Amy and Rachel Beck are set to take their songs and stories on the road throughout the Maritimes and beyond in the coming months, including a slot at the 2015 edition of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. They’ve already performed buzzed about showcases at the 2014 editions of East Coast Music Week and the Folk Music Ontario Conference and even performed during Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s RoyalVisit to Canada in May, 2014.Whether it’s just the two sisters onstage, armed with Amy’s guitar and Rachel’s mixed bag of percussion instruments, or they get a little help from their friends, few will leave an Amy and Rachel Beck performance without feeling like a part of the family –and that’s just fine with them
JP Cormier – jp-cormier.comJ.P. Cormier is a man with many musical talents. He is a skilled songwriter, a gifted singer, and an extraordinary musician who has accomplished success with more than one instrument. During his long career, he has won many competitions, including the Canadian Open Guitar Championship, the Southern U.S. Fiddle Championship, and the Southern U.S. Banjo Championship. He has also worked with a number of big-name artists and appeared on the ever-popular Grand Ol’ Opry over two dozen times. His debut album, Out of the Blue, was released when he was only 16 years old. Cormier was born in London, Ontario, Canada. When most kids were just starting kindergarten, he was already showing a strong interest in music. Soon that interest proved to be an impressive natural talent. He taught himself to play the guitar. It would only be the first of many string instruments he would master in the coming years. Not long after Cormier’s ninth birthday, he won his first guitar competition, holding his own against musicians of all ages. He landed his first steady professional job when he was only 14. It was a weekly bluegrass television show called Up Home Tonight. Two years later came the release of a debut album filled with instrumental bluegrass music that showcased his guitar skills. After some time appearing at a number of festivals, Cormier became the mandolin player for the famous bluegrass-gospel group the Sullivan Family. He spent a number of years afterward touring with the group, and with other major artists. In 1997, Cormier, all grown-up, finally finished a sophomore offering, Another Morning, for his fans. The award-winning recording was followed by a third full-length album, Heart & Soul. Along the way to making a name for himself, Cormier has performed with countless artists, the list reading something like a who’s who in music, including Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Bill Monroe, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Kitty Wells, and many others. If his musical career had crashed to an end with the start of the new millennium, Cormier would still have touched enough parts of the music world to ensure that his legacy lasted long after.