Murray River Ceilidhs

Please join us for the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Hospital equipment drive ceilidhs.

Fiddle player silhouette

Our first Ceilidh is Saturday, May 6 at 7pm.

Admission: $5.00

Murray River Hall

For information call
Garnet or Mary 902-838-4791.

QEH Events

We hope you plan to give your donations to the QEH through the Murray River Ceilidh Events this year.
All ceilidhs are held at the Murray River Community Hall.

May 6, 7PM

Opening Night

May 13, 7PM

Mother's Day

May 27, 7PM

Tribute to Porter Wagoner
Raffle Winners announced

Sunday, May 28, 2016

Cheque presentation
Eastlink TV Channel 10

  • Raffle
  • Live silent aution
  • 50/50 draws
  • Homemade fudge
  • Great lunch

Donations of $10 or more will receive a receipt. Donations of $100 or more will be posted on the donor wall at the Murray River Hall and announced on air during the QEH/Eastlink Telethon, May 28 and 29, 2016. Anonymous donations will be respected.

Compilation CD

Murray River and Area Ceilidhs Compilation CD

Murray River and Area Ceilidhs Helping the QEH.

price: $20 including tax

We are pleased to announce the release of a new compilation CD in support of the QEH. This latest compilation features seventeen of our regular entertainers. The CD will be on sale at the Ceilidhs. All proceeds will be given to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Featured Entertainers

Garnet has been entertaining for 67 years in PEI and NB and has four successful CD’s to his credit. He is in his 13th year of raising funds for the QEH, and in 2012 his committee surpassed their 12 year goal of raising $300,000. Many awards for volunteering, conservation, and community service are to his credit. The production of this special CD in support of the QEH has been a dream of his for many years.
Charlie has been playing music for many years, and has played, rock, country, blues and bluegrass and brings all these influences to his group’s most recent CD “Simply Acoustic”. Charlie’s business, “My Little Studio” has successfully supported many artists with digital recordings, and he sponsored the production of this special CD in support of the QEH, PEI’s main Hospital.
Saundra has played at many gospel, country and bluegrass events over the years including with the Stewart Sisters and Garnet Buell & the Singing Islanders. She has been Garnet’s “partner in crime with music” for many years. She has accompanied Garnet on all of his CD’s and has her own recordings with Marie MacIntyre and the Stewart Sisters.
Donald returned to the Island a few years ago after living out west and being a part of a number of well known bands. His country and gospel tunes are well loved by everyone and he is a constant crowd pleaser.
Trudi has played in many country and rock bands including the “Stewart Sisters”. She is a fine lead singer and she and her sister Glenda Johnston lend some great family harmonies to all of her projects.
Glenda began playing with Back Porch Bluegrass in the early 1990’s & has played with many other bluegrass groups. She is a member of Garnet Buell and the Singing Islanders, and lends her beautiful voice in harmony at many of Garnet’s projects including his 4 CD’s.
A talented young musician who is well rounded and plays many instruments. His old time country, bluegrass and gospel music are outstanding and he is always a crowd pleaser.
Marie Docherty & Doris Matheson are part of the well-known MacDonald family and they make a beautiful duo with their bluegrass, country and gospel songs.
Gill has played in a number of country, and old time rock bands over the years and has accompanied Garnet on all his four CD’s. His latest CD, Session West 56 features many beautiful old songs.
Ocean Country with Adrian Power, Sean Power, Jim & Gail Madsen are a talented group of musicians who have been entertaining for many years and are loved by all. Their country, gospel and bluegrass music is always welcome at events across PEI. Their CD ‘Revival” is a must buy!
Jim plays the lead guitar for Ocean Country and for Garnet Buell & the Singing Islanders. His music has been shared both in PEI and in Alberta. His talent is present wherever he goes, and crowds love to hear him as he cranks up old time rock n roll tunes especially.
Jolee is the sweetheart wherever she goes. She has one CD, ‘Shore Rhapsody’ to her credit and another on its way. She is a crowd pleaser at all of the events that she attends, and fits in well whether she is the lead singer or lending her voice in harmony.
Glen spent his life teaching elementary school and in later years got involved with his wonderful talent on the keyboard. His voice and music is well known across the Island as an individual act as well as part of a number of groups.
Winner of many step dancing awards, and becoming an accomplished fiddle player. She has played the fiddle, and danced at competitions, ceilidhs and benefits across the Island. As part of the Bernard family, she also sings with her parents, Jackie and Sheila Bernard.
Mary Lou and Roy have been playing at blue grass, and country festivals and events for many years. They are well known for beautiful songs and harmony. Many have shared their CD, ‘Gospel Favourites’.
Marie is a crowd pleaser who has many talents. She is well known in Eastern PEI especially, and has a number of CD’s to her credit, her most recent being Old Gold.
Glen is a popular addition to benefits and Ceilidhs across Eastern PEI. His country music is down to earth and is appreciated by all. His new CD “The Island Way” is a tribute to his Ceilidh Pals.
Sweet Fingers Jimmy is a name that he earned many years ago for his fiddle style. He has played across the Island for many concerts, ceilidhs and benefits. A cousin of Garnet’s and constant companion as they grew up, sharing music, fun and laughter.

About Us

The Murray River Ceilidh Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly to raise money for the QEH Equipment Drive since 2000. The committee is pleased to present their ceilidhs for this year's campaign.

The Committee: Executive

Garnet Rankin Buell: Chair & Master of Ceremonies
Mary MacQueen Elliott: Treasurer/Administrator
Donald MacKenzie: Sound Man

The Committee: Kitchen Staff

Myrna MacPherson
June Sencabaugh
Carol Allen

Raffle Donors

Garnet Buell and Mary MacQueen Elliot are providing a lovely gift basket and selling tickets during the events. The winning ticket will be drawn at the final event of campaign.

Esther Bell Carrot Cakes

Pauline Campbell will be baking her mother's famous "Esther Bell Carrot Cakes" - the best carrot cake you've ever had! - which will be for sale at the Ceilidhs.

Fudge Makers

Each of the following volunteers also involve their sisters and friends in the ticket selling and the efforts of everyone is very much appreciated.
Chris Martin, Marie Martin, Kay Kennedy, Donalda Ross & Jocelyn Jenkins.

Our History

The Murray River Ceilidhs began in 2000 when Garnet Buell recruited a small group of volunteers, following a meeting which he held with Wendell Ellis and Island Cable Vision to discuss the possibilities of raising funds for the hospital’s 21-hour equipment drive, which later became the QEH/Eastlink Telethon. Ellis encouraged Garnet to start holding annual ceilidhs, which have continued every year since, raising a total of $386,100 to date. In 2016, we surpassed our goal to raise another $10,000 and were pleased to wrap up our 2016 campaign with just over $20,000.

Over the years, Garnet and his fellow volunteers have held annual campaigns that include volunteer talent from across the Island, and some from off Island who entertain guests to raise funds to help to purchase equipment for the Island’s main hospital.

Volunteers have retired, but others have picked up the baton to help to carry on. Some of the original committee members are still working closely with Garnet to ensure the ongoing success of this campaign. Our kitchen volunteers are Myrna MacPherson, Carol Allen and June Sencabough; Mary MacQueen Elliott, our Treasurer, who also takes care of all Marketing and Promotion, and other tasks as needed; Eva and George Demeulenaere who have for many years raised large amounts of funds through ticket sales for a beautiful Gift basket; Sandra Stephens, who has also sold tickets for her beautiful hand crocheted afghans; Marvin and Alba MacLeod who have worked with Garnet and Mary as the MCs, assisting with hall decorations, and at the door, etc; Chris Martin, Marie Martin, Kay Kennedy, Donalda Ross and Jocelyn Jenkins who have for a number of years made home made fudge and sold hundreds of bags full of fudge week after week; lastly, Gwen Munn and her late father Ivan Munn who started and continues to administer our web site, and to her family business, Cancodia Solutions Inc. located in Richmond, Ontario. Many of the above volunteers will once again be a part of this year’s campaign. (In the past three years, Marvin and Alba MacLeod and Sandra Stephens have retired.)

Many other individuals have also helped by bringing gifts for the silent and live auction, food towards the lunch, assist to sell tickets, and so much more. Above all, we recognize and give thanks to our wonderful donors, who support this project year after year. Without each of these individuals and businesses, the annual campaign would not be the success story that it has become.