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Hello Summer

June 27, 2021

Hi, folks. Happy summer! May this be a summer for us to go out and do the things we enjoy with our friends and families. Prince Edward Island has been blessed with very little Covid but it has been hard for everyone everywhere!

Katlin Doyle, Teresa Doyle and Patrick Bunston seated together with instruments on rug
The Doyles photo by Lexia Jaxen.

Well, I finally have some shows to tell you about. The first is at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival on July 16. This festival has been running for over 40 years produced by the amazing Chaisson family of fiddlers. Many of you know Tim Chaisson for his work in the band The East Pointers. This year the theme is legacy families and I’ll be performing for the first time with both my son Patrick Bunston and my niece Katlin Doyle. We are excited and nervous. It’s tough getting back on stage after a year and a half.

On July 20 I am a guest artist with Vishtèn at The Trailside Music Hall. They are an Acadian group who have toured the world and it is an honour to be working with them. Vishtèn have invited their friends, both Francophone and Anglophone, to celebrate the existing connections between Island musicians, and to create new relationships around Vishtèn’s music and the unique artform of the ‘crankie’ box – small moving panoramas that tell a story visually.

On August 8, I’ll be at the Watermark Theatre in Rustico with Meaghan Blanchard, Tanya Davis, Emmanuelle LeBlanc, and Julie Lush-Pelletier in a show curated by Rob Oakie. Before Covid, I talked to Rob who is the ED at Music PEI about an idea called Songs for a Small Planet. We would partner Prince Edward Island songwriters with writers from around the world and write songs that reflect the kind of world that we would like to see. This show is our first effort on this theme.

July 30th to August 1 is my annual Yoga of Sound weekend at Rock Barra Artist Retreat. Book soon if you think you would like to come spaces are filling up fast, but we do have a waiting list. Check out the full list of workshops at Rock Barra for the summer and fall. The place is really rocking after 20 years of hard work. We put in some lovely gardens this year too. For more details go to

Have a wonderful summer wherever you are.

Happy gardening,

Workshops at Rock Barra Retreat

July 9 to 11: Men’s Group with Riley Thomson-Smith

July 17: Wild Medicinal Herb Walk with Shallom Tarzan (11am-2pm)

July 18: The Way of Tea with Emily Doyle (2pm-4pm)

July 24-25: Nature of Beauty Rituals with Katlin Doyle

July 30-Aug 1: The Yoga of Sound with Teresa Doyle

August 13-15: P.E.I. Recovery Retreat with Kele Redmond

August 15: Making Pottery using Island Clay with Dylan Tierney (2pm-6pm)

August 20-22: Creative Writing with Yvette Doucette

August 29: Identifying, Harvesting, and Cooking Sea Plants with Irene Novaczek (11am-4pm)

September 5: Listening to the Flow: A Day of Embodied Practice with Monica Lacey and Devon Ross (10am-4pm)

September 10-12: Feeling and Finding Your Flow, a Women’s Retreat with Yvette Doucette and Abi Totty

Summer 2020 Update & Rock Barra Retreat

July 15, 2020

Hello, Folks.

It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a note. Crazy times, eh? It’s a good time for kindness and patience and gardening. I am so grateful to be home on Prince Edward Island this summer but it feels weird not to be doing shows… for the first time in four decades. Actually I am doing an online show this coming Saturday as part of the virtual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival. Here is a link.

I returned from Mexico in March and started planting seeds—lots of seeds. We have a wonderful seed sharing organization here on the island. I helped spread seed around, especially to young gardeners and started as many plants as I could. It’s been a challenging season: too dry, too hot, too cold, too many bugs. But, hey, that’s the gardener’s life, eh? I have to say digging in the earth has done me the world of good. It is a blessing to grow flowers and veggies.

Long shadows on the beach at Rock Barra Retreat

I’ve also been really busy at Rock Barra Artist Retreat. It’s been nice to have the time to do projects that I’ve dreamed about for years. 2020, the year of the sauna! We cannot do concerts this summer but are presenting an amazing lineup of workshops. Some have sold out already so book soon!

Take good care, folks. I hope to get back out touring one day before too long. Keep in touch and enjoy your summer.


Summer 2019 at Small Halls Festival, Classic Music Reignited, & Rock Barra Retreat

June 18, 2019

It’s Summer!! Finally the days are warm, the garden is growing and here on Prince Edward Island we are all dancing as fast as we can. Our summer program for Rock Barra Retreat is almost finalized. Check back in a few days.

Tonight we play at the wonderful Small Halls Festival. Our show is at Orwell Corner Historic Site. Showtime is 7:30 pm. On July 21 we play at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival and on July 28 at Rock Barra Artist Retreat. These three shows are with fiddle player Ward MacDonald, my son Patrick Bunston and me, collectively known as Backroads.

Patrick and I are also participating in a unique event organized by Rob Oakie at Music PEI. It is called Classic Music Reignited. This concert series invites musicians to re-imagine some famous writers and singers. Rob has heard me sing Gaelic, Latin, swing, folk, and East Indian chant, but never country. He challenged Patrick and me to perform songs from Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. We can’t wait, what a treasure trove of songs to choose from. You will also find us at Trailside Cafe in Mount Stewart on Weds Aug 28.

My annual singing camp at Rock Barra Artist Retreat is Friday evening till Sunday noon, August 2-4. We always have a marvelous time. Call me at 902-969-0367 if you want more information.

See you at the beach,

Teresa and Lynda swimming in Mexico