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The Chaisson Family

PEI

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With roots that go back six generations, this family of players shares a legacy of tradition. Ever since Joe Pete Chaisson formed the PEI Fiddlers Association and established the Rollo Bay Fiddle festival, the family has worked to preserve and protect traditional music and dance on Prince Edward Island. Joe Pete’s three sons--Peter, Kenny and Kevin--still set the standard for younger generations to follow. Peter’s masterful touch on the fiddle has never wavered through decades of play. An accomplished composer and player, Kenny has tunes to can go on for days. Kevin is one of the most sought after piano accompanists on PEI and, when pushed into it, can play fiddle as well.

The next generation has produced an amazing list of players thanks to the work set forth by Joe Pete, and his sons and daughters. This year the younger generation--J.J. (guitar, fiddle), Koady (guitar, tenor banjo), Brent (guitar), Tim (fiddle, vocals, guitar), and Darla (piano)--takes centre stage at Celtic Colours.

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