07 December 2020 0 Comments Posted By : The Journal Pioneer

P.E.I. performers announced for variety show in Charlottetown


The Benevolent Irish Society, continuing a long-standing tradition, is hosting a special winter variety show on Saturday in the Katherine Hughes Memorial Hall at the Irish Cultural Centre at 582 North River Rd.  

The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature performers who are among the pioneers of the BIS variety show, which began more than 40 years ago. 

Performers include Roy Johnstone, Margie Carmichael, Jim and Laura Farrell, Jim Hornby and sisters Flora Anne Donovan-Whitty and Judy Donovan-Whitty. The event is hosted by Mary Ellen Callaghan, the BIS president.    

Carmichael is a well-known P.E.I. musician, entertainer, songwriter, author and playwright. She has written radio plays, theatre sketches and parodies that CBC has aired locally, regionally and nationally. She has performed many times at the BIS since the society began hosting music in the 1980s.   

Johnstone, a versatile and popular fiddler, has been active in the East Coast musical community for nearly 40 years. As well, his musical career has taken him to Iceland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba and the United States. He was honoured as a P.E.I. musical ambassador and has received awards for both his dedication to preserving traditional music and his studio and sound track recordings.

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