Category Archives: Music

Lobster Lady Songs

Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon shares her mother’s story in Betty’s Song

The funny and heartfelt show Betty’s Song is coming to Confederation Centre of the Arts this summer as part of The 2022 Charlottetown Festival.

Proudly sponsored by The Gray Group Real Estate & Development, The 2022 Charlottetown Festival includes seven productions across the Centre’s three venues – including Tell Tale HarbourAnne of Green Gables—The Musical™, and Hey Viola!

Sponsored by Key Murray Law, Betty’s Song is a new solo show created and performed by Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon. The production is inspired by the story of her late mother, who was one of the first women to captain her own lobster boat in Eastern P.E.I. This quirky coming-of-age story, featuring a soundtrack of Condon’s original music, takes you through the perils of a tough lobster lady raising a saucy teenager in 1990s Murray Harbour North.

The idea for the show first came from a track (also titled Betty’s Song) on Condon’s 2013 album This Great Compromise. As she performed the song over the years, Condon started to share more about her mother’s life as a young widow working as a fisherwoman. “Each year the stories would expand, and it seemed like something everyone could relate to,” she says.

For the final credit for her theatre degree, Condon took a playwrighting course during which she developed the idea for the show. She then asked Adam Brazier, the Centre’s artistic director of performing arts, to read the script for feedback. The two went back-and-forth fine-tuning the piece, which led to it being a part of the Festival.

The show features several colorful characters, all performed by Condon, and a ‘90s-inspired set and wardrobe. “What started off as a sentimental piece has turned into something very funny and endearing,” she says. The timing of this show is especially poignant, as Condon became a new mother herself last year.

Betty’s Song runs at The Mack as part of The 2022 Charlottetown Festival from July 5 – 29.

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Pedal to the Metal

Watermark Music Series – The Gasoline Brothers – July 24th
 
The first concert in the Watermark Music Series will be The Gasoline Brothers – The Music of Tony Rice and David Grisman featuring Alan Jeffries & Ray Legere with special guest David Wigmore on stage July 24th at 7:30PM.
 
Tony Rice and David Grisman have been regarded as two of Bluegrass’s top musicians and innovators and have inspired generations of musicians. Rice was an influential acoustic guitar player in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic jazz.  He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013. His flatpicking style set the gold standard for acoustic guitar playing.
 
Tony Rice and David Grisman called themselves the “Gasoline Brothers” — their way of referring to the kinetic connection they felt when playing music together, especially at “burning” tempos!
 
Grisman, born in New Jersey, first picked up the mandolin as a traditional bluegrass player but by the 70’s had started exploring jazz. He recorded with various artists including the Grateful Dead on the iconic American Beauty album in 1970. He recruited Rice in the mid/late 70’s to be part of the David Grisman Quintette. What followed was a series of groundbreaking albums including Hot Dawg in 1978. The all instrumental music was a combination of Django Reinhardt-era jazz, bluegrass, folk, Old World Mediterranean string band music, as well as modern jazz fusion that came to embody “Dawg” music.
 
Both Rice and Grisman have recorded on countless albums for other musicians and their own discography is impressive. Tony Rice passed away Christmas day 2020. Grisman is still performing and recording. 
 
Alan Jeffries and Ray Legere, both hailing form New Brunswick, will be interpreting the music of the Gasoline Brothers. This is a show not to miss for all acoustic music fans, two of the world’s best interpreted by two of Canada’s best.  
 
Our special guest for the evening is PEI acoustic guitar wizard David Wigmore. Dave, originally from Kensington, is one of the original pillars of the Bootlegger’s Ball and has been entertaining Island audiences for decades.
 
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.ticketwizard.ca or by calling the box office at 902-963-3963.
 
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
 
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave                
North Rustico, PE                
C0A 1X0           
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Make a Request

Atlantic Canadian friends: our tour launches next week and we want to know what tunes you hope to hear. A fan in Wolfville requested Anthem and even asked CBC to spin it – a huge help in getting the word out. Comment below, share and join us!

May 12 King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal NS

May 13 Théâtre Capitol Theatre Moncton NB

May 14 Carleton VictoriaFlorenceville-Bristol NB

May 16 Lawrence O’Brien Arts Goose Bay NL

May 18 Marigold Cultural Centre Truro NS

May 19 St. Paul’sHalifax NS

May 20 Harbourfront Theatre Summerside PEI

May 21 Acadia Festival Theatre Wolfville NS

🎫: lailabiali.com/tour

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Concert for Ukraine

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it will not be possible for the PEISO to perform the music originally intended for the April 24th concert at the Confederation Centre. However, this presents us with a unique opportunity, having access to the venue, most of our musicians, and our Music Director.

We have chosen to use this opportunity to pivot to a benefit concert for Ukraine, featuring music written by Ukrainian Composers, music written for Ukraine, and music which symbolizes unity and strength in adversity, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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Elvis on the Way

Don’t miss your chance! On June 5, A Tribute to Elvis in Concert, featuring: Pete Paquette and Chris Connor at the Harbourfront Theatre. This dynamic duo have been performing their amazing Tribute show in front of thousands of Elvis fans across our nation. Accompanied by an incredible ten-piece band, their talents and showmanship make this show a MUST SEE live concert for any rock’n roll fan.

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