Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, this production has been placed on hiatus until further notice.

About Kelly:

Since 1975, Kelly has been a member of landmark groups Figgy Duff, Wonderful Grand Band, Bristol’s Hope, The Planks, and The Irish Descendants.

Working with legendary fiddlers Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit, learning and recording their unique music, Kelly has inherited genuine status as a leading Newfoundland music performer, appearing extensively on countless national and international stages.

Recent work includes the theatre production Emile’s Dream and recording and performing with Sean McCann of Great Big Sea.

Kelly is the first ever recipient of the “Tradition Bearer” award from the Department of Tourism’s Historic Commemorations Program and is a recipient of both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada.

The Tales:

Kelly recreates the character of Uncle Mose, reciting the stories of the imaginary but typical Newfoundland community of Pigeon Inlet as written and told by his father, Ted Russell.

The audience is brought back in time to the early 1950’s as Uncle Mose relates with gentle humour the goings on between Grampa Walcott, Aunt Sophy, Jethro Noddy, Skipper Lige Bartle, King David (a billy goat), and other residents of this small outport community.

These Tales of Pigeon Inlet were a regular feature on CBC Radio’s Fisherman’s Broadcast throughout the 1950’s and continue to be extremely popular today; published in numerous books and audio recordings, and even inspired a local TV series during the 1980’s.

These stories not only entertain, but provide a rare glimpse into rural Newfoundland life over 50 years ago.

The Tunes:

Kelly spent many years traveling and performing with legendary Newfoundland fiddlers Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit, learning, transcribing, recording and promoting their music. His inherited legacy is one of labour and love as these fiddlers were both his mentors and friends.

Their music, and that of many other Newfoundland fiddlers, has been published in the two-volume Kelly Russell’s Collection — The Fiddle Music of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Audiences will enjoy a variety of authentic Newfoundland fiddle music while gaining some insight through stories and anecdotes about the lives and times of these Grandfathers of Newfoundland Fiddle.

Please note:
  • Limited seating - advance purchase strongly recommended.
  • The entrance to the Crow's Nest is up a set of stairs and we regret that this venue is not wheelchair accessible.
  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Please contact us at 709-722-7287 or info@shakespearebytheseafestival.com 
if you have any questions or concerns