Gary Chipman is a well-known PEI musician having started his musical career on the Don Messer Live Shows and continuing his successful career touring with Anna McGoldrick of Ireland, Stompin' Tom Connors as well as others. Gary started playing the fiddle when he was only 5 years old and has had his own band since a young age as an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and most notably, fiddler. Gary sings from a wide repertoire of music including maritime/folk, country and even old rock and roll considering he was a member of the first rock and roll band ever on PEI! He has created several successful shows, most recently, the Tribute To Don Messer & his Islanders which toured to Ontario last year. Gary's Island humour, jokes and stories, Don Messer style fiddling, vocals, guitar picking' and down to earth-ness make him a great host for a PEI Ceilidh.
The Arsenault Trio is comprised of :
Louise Arsenault has had a long impressive career in music, playing the fiddle in traditional folk settings all over the world. Her part in the group Barachois is a highlight of her musical career. Louise's musical talents have taken her to all corners of the world and she's worked on a long list of impressive projects. Louise's vibrant and energetic fiddle playing, dancing and feet stomping are her trademark style and if you watch carefully while she is playing the fiddle, you may see the smoke rising from her bow!
Helen (Arsenault) Bergeron
Helen Arsenault Bergeron is an acclaimed step dancer and is perhaps best known as a member of the former group Barachois! Helene has travelled and performed in 14 countries! She is the daughter of renowned fiddler, Eddy Arsenault and grew up step dancing and accompanying her father on guitar and later piano and pump organ. Helene also plays the fiddle and sings. She is also one of the founders of the bands Les girls and Gadelle.
Jonathan Arsenault is a jester of modern times - always clowning around, you wonder if he takes his music seriously.....until you hear him play! He started off playing Violin like his mom (Louise) but ended up settling on the acoustic guitar along with....whatever instrument is at his disposal! He had accompanied his mom on many occasions, bringing down the house before a crowd of thousands of spectators. He is your favourite house party jammer who will make you laugh and then make you cry with envy. Jonny, with his vocal repertoire from his own song writing Johnny cash, John Prine Paul Simon and many others he will most definitely impress you with his vocal abilities!
The Chaisson Trio
Showcasing the best of their roots, this trio includes Kevin Chaisson, Louise Chaisson MacKinnon, and Rannie MacLellan, who is from Margaree, Cape Breton, and now calls P.E.I. home.
They will be bringing a blend of Scottish fiddle, vocals, guitar and piano to the stage with Celtic music and song.
The Chaisson family is widely accredited with spearheading the movement to keep traditional fiddling alive in Prince Edward Island and are the creators of the famous Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival! You want to miss this lively trio perform!
Jordan grew up in PEI and started step dancing at the age of 7 at the local Community Hall. In 2007 Jordan joined The College of Piping's Dance Company, here he would find his interest in the bagpipes and joined The College of Piping's competitive pipe band in 2010.
In 2009 Jordan joined Reel Talent School of Dance. During his years as a competitive dancer Jordan received numerous awards around the Maritime Provinces. Jordan had the opportunity of performing for Gene Simmons during his visit to Moncton, New Brunswick in 2011 for the Atlantic Brand Confabulation. Later that year, Jordan had the opportunity of playing the bagpipes for a demonstration in Summerside for the Royal Couple during their visit to Prince Edward Island.
From 2011-2014 Jordan performed in The College of Piping's production of Highland Storm as a step dancer. From 2015-2016 Jordan performed in Avonlea Village's Ceilidh along with many other talented Islanders such as Keelin Wedge, and Gary Chipman.
2011 North American Champion in Grade V Piobaireachd (Piping)
2013 Runner Up North American Champion in Grade IV March (Piping)
2013 BATD Highest Mark in Traditional Dance (Step Dancing)
2013 Lobster Bowl Winner (Step Dancing)
2016 Recipient of the Harry MacLauchlan Award in Entrepreneurship (JC Dance Academy)
2017 World Pipe Band Champion Grade IV-B (Piping)
Jordan has been teaching since 2012 and has experience instructing all ages from 2-80+! Jordan has had the opportunity of performing in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and across Canada. In September 2017, Jordan will be travelling to Bright, Ontario to perform at Walter's Dinner Theatre in "A PEI Salute to the Music of Don Messer and his Islanders."
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