A variety of Island, Maritime and "From Away" talent, suited to all ages and interests, is offered on the stage of the Summerside Lobster Carnival Entertainment Tent.
You are sure to be entertained!
The Lumber Jills
Showing their technical strokes; the show is a presentation of beloved tunes, discovered melodies, flying bows and feet; and tender sweet waltzes, harkening back to another time.
Canadian 2020 Folk Music Award Nominees, The Lumber Jills are a celebrated touring cast of ‘Old Time’ fiddlers, piano and step dancers from Moncton, New Brunswick.
Since 2014, Amélie de Arcos, Janelle Melanson, Martha Pitre and Machaela Osowski have represented the heritage and traditional genre of fiddling and The New Brunswick Old Time Fiddle Company, under the artistic direction of Stacey Read.
The Lumber Jills have toured Northern Ireland, performed at The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, Schots and Zilleghem Folk Festivals in Belgium, The National Celtic Festival of Australia, and The Festival Acadien et Creoles in Louisiana.
They’ve also appeared closer to home at The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, and Festival of Small Halls among other notable Canadian events. In 2019 they performed with legendary Canadian Tom Cochrane on his classic songs and released their own debut album.
Richard Wood Trio Kitchen Party
For more than three decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences across the world with his electric live show. Along with winning countless championships as both a step dancer and as a fiddler, Wood has won many Music PEI awards, six Canadian ECMAs, and has twice earned the Don Messer Memorial Trophy for top Maritime fiddler. He recently released his 8th album, UNBROKEN, which was mastered by legendary, multi Grammy Award winning Bob Ludwig, and nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Award winning musicians Gordon Belsher, and Brad Fremlin will join Wood on stage for their world class kitchen party that will give the audience a dose of pure east coast musical magic.
Jeremiah Johnston Throw Zone Juggling Show
Holding two medals in the world championships of juggling, Jeremiah's performances feature thrilling stunts, big laughs, and fantastic displays of dexterity and balance that will captivate audiences of all ages.
His nighttime L.E.D light show features the latest in technology and is “mind boggling.”
Check out his amazing performances at www.thethrowzone.com.
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
There’s no other band around like Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.
Led by fiddling wiz Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman, the roots quartet features all-star pickers and singers, with everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly to intricate bluegrass. Crowds all over the world stare in awe as Gordie plays with joyful abandonment. Onlookers report Gordie and the Boys to be festival highlights time and time again. This is mostly due to the elastic legged band leader nicknamed “Crazylegs” as he demonstrates his unique blend of Canadian clogging and step dancing.
Shane Pendergast is a folksinger from Tracadie Cross, Prince Edward Island. He learned to play by ear at an early age, immersed in a culture of family kitchen parties; by age 12 he was performing professionally on stage. Shane’s connection to Maritime folk music dates back to the efforts of his great-grandparents, preservers of folklore in P.E.I. Shane is carrying the torch forward with his own songs, inspired by rural life and Maritime history.
Shane is known as an old-school troubadour, and “might just become the East Coast’s de facto King of Folk.” (The East). His album “Second Wind” won Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Music PEI Awards.
The Nick Doneff Band
Since relocating in 2013, Ontario native Nick Doneff has become a staple within the PEI music scene as a busy sideman, multi-instrumentalist, and solo performer.
Following the December 2016 release of his debut recording, Doneff has been attracting attention for his earnest song writing and his magnetic live performances. His song Old Dog was featured on CBC’s flagship arts and culture program, Q, where host Tom Power described him as a cross between John Prine and Joel Plaskett.
College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts is proud of its two pipe bands and its dance company. The pipe bands have won numerous awards locally, nationally and internationally, including the World Champions title in 2017 in grade 4B. The groups and individuals of the highland and step dance programs have also won high profile awards throughout the region. The instructors will join their students for a combined performance by the pipe bands and dancers. In a few weeks, both pipe bands will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, for another attempt at a World Champion title.
"One Proude Islander" Show
Born and raised in a small Prince Edward Island community in the 1950s, Karl Proude defines himself as “One Proude Islander.”
Through his performances he strives to keep alive the memory and music of some of the great Island artists and song writers that have passed on. He also performs the music of Island and Maritime greats still with us, as well as his own music to give visitors an authentic Island experience.