Irish Musical Based on Middle Island’s History happening at JMH

onthewindmusicaljourneyThe Middle Island Heritage Festival and Buttercup Productions present On The WInd: A Musical Journey featuring traditional, new age, and locally written Irish Music.

Performances will happen every evening beginning at 7:30 pm over this holiday long weekend on July 31st, August 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the James M. Hill Auditorium in Chatham. The production is dedicated to Edward “Marven” McCarthy.

The production tells the story of two brothers who are sent from their home in Ireland to build a better life for themselves during the Potato Famine. Throughout their journey to Canada, they must learn to survive the terrible conditions of travelling overseas and being quarantined on Middle Island in Chatham, New Brunswick.

Although all hope may seem lost, the youngest brother finds a magical rose bush in the woods of Middle Island. From this shrub emerges a mystical Celtic goddess, Erie, but he is the only one who can see her.

The question is: is she really an Irish blessing from across the sea or is she the cause of all this misfortune?

A fictional tale based on the true events of the Middle Island tragedy of 1847, this musical shows the importance of family, telling stories and the endurance of the human spirit.

Tickets are $10 for students and children, $12 for adults. Tickets are available in advance at the Captain’s Galley (Middle Island), Season’s View Cafe (Chatham), Jean Coutu (Chatham), and Brookdale Flower Shop (Newcastle). Tickets will also be available at the door.

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