The Chaisson Trio hosts a weekly ceilidh every Monday starting in late June at historic Stanley Bridge Hall. The group is comprised of Kevin Chaisson, Rannie MacLellan and Louise Chaisson-MacKinnon.
Kevin Chaisson, a piano player from Bear River,, has deep roots in traditional music on Prince Edward Island. The Chaisson family have been widely acclaimed as being influential in keeping traditional fiddling alive on the Island and also run the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival each year. Several Chaisson family members represent Prince Edward Island on the international music stage, most notably Kevin Chaisson’s son, Tim from the award-winning East Pointers.
Fiddle player Rannie MacLellan is from Margaree, Cape Breton (in nearby Nova Scotia). MacLellan’s signature rhythmic strathspeys and lively reels are a highlight of the ceilidh, showcasing the Cape Breton style of fiddling inspired by various fiddlers like the late Jerry Holland, a dear friend of MacLellan’s. Rannie plays a fiddle that he aquired from Holland. Well-versed fiddle fans will know that Cape Breton fiddler Brenda Stubbert wrote a tune in honor of MacLellan called “Rannie MacLellan’s Reel”.
Singer Louise Chaisson-MacKinnon has a soulful voice and a large repertoire of lively maritime songs to share.
Award-winning competitive stepdancer Taylor MacBeath adds even more energy to the evening’s musical dynamic.
The Chaisson Trio regularly invites special guests to share the stage with them throughout the summer.