The Irish Scots


Come Celebrate 150 years of Island Music! Our first show will be November 5th at Kelly’s Cross Community Centre, Kelly’s Cross (7:00 pm). Tickets can be reserved by phoning or texting 902.314.1800 or available at the door (cash only).

A 150 Years of Island Music is a lively celebration of Island folk music, folklore, and storytelling that will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Prince Edward Island joining the Confederation of Canada. You won’t want to miss this wealth of poetic storytelling, songs and dance of our distinctive Island culture performed through lively music and tradition.
The Irish Scots are a combination of performers from Irish and Scottish ancestry, who together play a mixture of Celtic, original, traditional, country, folk and soft rock tunes that will have your toes tapping throughout the shows. The Irish Scots include Norman Stewart, Maxine MacLennan, and Courtney Hogan-Chandler. Along with lively vocals, audiences will be treated to tunes on guitar, fiddle, bodhran and mandolin. You are guaranteed to laugh at the humor and stories, and you will find yourself singing along with every word!

PEI storyteller, Alan Buchanan, will narrate the show to illustrate significant events, eras, and customs of our unique Island communities, and honoring the value and persistence of the oral tradition during this sesquicentennial year of celebration. Allan is well-known from years of the award-winning Hedgerow group, and more recently, the popular The Four Tellers, which played four seasons to sold-out houses across the province. Alan's stories and narration give context to the show, highlighting the various themes and events that influenced Island song writing through the decades. World champion dancers, Janelle Banks, and Molly MacEwen, complete the performing troupe, and they’ll kick up their heels with a variety of folkloric steps that you won’t want to miss!

“We try to showcase all the great musical contributors of the past 150 years of amazing Island music, covering material from Larry Gorman to Stompin’ Tom Connors to Gene MacLellan to Lennie Gallant, and everyone else in between.” says Maxine MacLennan, Singer/Songwriter, The Irish Scots