Celtic Maze


2018 Summer Concerts and Rock Barra Workshops Announced

June 27, 2018

Hello, Folks.

Well summer is in full swing here on the island. We hope to see you at a concert or at the beach. We’ve got lots of performances coming up and a big line up of shows and workshops on offer at Rock Barra Artist Retreat. The full schedule for Rock Barra is included below. My singing camp is August 10–12 and there is still space for more people.

Celtic trio Backroads with Teresa Doyle, Ward MacDonald and Patrick Bunston

I have a new musical project on the go this summer, a Celtic trio called Backroads with my son Patrick Bunston and fiddler Ward MacDonald. This project was born out of a conversation about touring in Tasmania, playing at the iconic Woodford Folk Festival in Australia and performing in the most exciting town on the planet: Dawson City, Yukon! All three of us grew up on the back roads of Prince Edward Island and have shared our music in these far flung places. We debut ‘Backroads’ at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival on Sunday, July 15th. The three of us are thrilled to be playing at the beautiful King’s Playhouse Theatre in Georgetown on select Fridays this summer. Find us there July 20th, August 3rd, 24th, and 31st, and September 7th. If you like jazz, I’ll be performing with a five-piece band at the outdoor stage on Victoria Row in Charlottetown Tuesday evenings through July and early August. Patrick and I are also in concert at the Farmers Bank Museum on July 26th. Sunday nights I’ll be hosting the concerts at Rock Barra Retreat. Find the schedule below. If I am not on stage I’ll be at the beach!

Enjoy your summer wherever it takes you.

All the best,

Rock Barra Artist Retreat 2018


Sunday, July 22: Michael O’Connor

Sunday, July 29: Nick Doneff

Sunday, August 5: Finley Mullally and The River Thieves

Wednesday, August 8: Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher

Sunday, August 12: Young Folks concert with Katlin Doyle, Shallom Tarzan, Jonathan Gallant, Patrick Bunston, Dylan Tierney and others

Sunday, August 19: Backroads featuring Ward MacDonald, Teresa Doyle and Patrick Bunston

Sunday, August 26: Friends of Rock Barra Artist Retreat closing concert


August 8: Island Nature Trust Eco-Systems Exploration
Join Island Nature Trust for an afternoon workshop exploring the great beauty and wildlife at Rock Barra. Explore the four distinct eco-systems at the retreat and identify the abundance of flora and wildlife on the beach and back dunes. Bring a camera and a sketch pad. Open to all ages. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Donations welcome. No registration required.

August 10–12: A Weekend Singing Workshop with Teresa Doyle
Singer Teresa Doyle guides participants in finding their natural voices and teaches simple techniques to use the voice as a healing modality. Email teresa@teresadoyle.com for info.

August 26: Getting to Know (and Eat) Island Seaplants with Irene Novaczek
Includes introductory lecture, vegetarian lunch with seaplants, beach walk & talk and tips for using seaplants in preventative medicine and skin care. Cost: $40. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more info or to register email inovaczek@upei.ca.

August 31–September 2: The Heart Circle with Katlin and Emily Doyle and Shallom Tarzan
A weekend journey into the heart through ceremony and ritual, earth connection, meditation, cacao, and sharing. Cost: $177. To register email katlindoyle@gmail.com.

September 8–9: Rejuvenate and Integrate: An Off-Grid Women’s Retreat with Yvette Doucette and Abby Totti
Tapping into our true higher self wisdom and spiritual writing. For additional information and to register email redclay@eastlink.ca.

And there’s more…

The Waters & The Wild Workshops

Appreciating art through nature at Rock Barra Artist Retreat, Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

“Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild.”

—W.B. Yeats

Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Make your own medicine bag with Cree Grandmother Lousia Lamothe
Louisa guides us in an afternoon of sewing to make our own medicine bags to contain personal sacred objects and other things that the participant considers spiritually significant. Louise shares her knowledge about this ancient custom and helps us weave teachings and stories into every stitch. All materials provided. Cost: $40.

Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Fifty-Three Summers On The Northside with Lois Franklin Kilburn
Lois is a fly fishing professional, bird watcher and plover monitor. She will share her love of nature and keen observations recorded and photographed in journals kept for 53 years at Priest’s Pond. Bring your questions, and we can discuss the changing natural environment on our north shore. Open to all ages. Donations to Rock Barra welcome.

Sunday, July 29, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Introduction to Clay Foraging & Primitive Pottery Techniques with Dylan Tierney
In this workshop for beginners we forage for local clay and make some simple pieces. Dylan instructs participants to create works that mimic patterns and forms found in nature. Open to all ages. Cost: $25.

Sunday, August 5, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Heart-Centered Plant Medicine with Emily Doyle
Join Emily for an afternoon of connecting with the plant life at Rock Barra and our hearts, and learning how we can connect the two. Cost: $25.

Sunday, August 12, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Foraging for Wild Plants with Shallöm Tarzan
This workshop is a look into the fascinating world of wild, edible and medicinal herbs, an adventure to discover the importance of the generous vegetation around us. 
Shallöm Tarzan is a naturalist, teacher of western wild herbalism and alternative living with nature, an eco-friendly artist and musician. Cost: $25.

Sunday, August 19th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Crafting Art From Nature with Katlin Doyle
This workshop encouraged participants to get hands on with the natural beauty that surrounds us, using materials from land and sea to create art, building mobiles, dream catchers, sculptures, etc.! Cost: $25.

The Waters and Wild Workshop series is funded in part by the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture’s financial investment under the Community Cultural Partnership Program and in-kind support from Island Nature Trust.

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