Saturday night at May Run offered far too many acts to choose from. I started things off with dinner at the Water’s Edge Restaurant in the Delta PEI, followed by an acoustic show at the Guild Theatre.

Amy and Rachel Beck Charlottetown PEI

Sisters Amy and Rachel Beck serenaded lucky diners at the Water’s Edge, sharing songs from their 2014 release, Run. These Island ladies share beautiful harmonies and catchy lyrics; I enjoyed every moment of their light-hearted set. I was truly taken by their title song, ‘Run’, a powerful song about chasing your dreams.

Liam Corcoran Charlottetown PEI

Former Two Hours Traffic frontman, Liam Corcoran, shared an acoustic set at the Guild Theatre featuring new material from his upcoming folk release Rom-Drom. I enjoyed his relaxed vibe and rich vocals, particularly the easy-going “July-Eh, July-Oh”. You can check out his new tracks on Soundcloud.

Ashley Condon Charlottetown PEI

Singer-songwriter, Ashley Condon, spoke to my heart with her set of songs inspired by the Island. Pairing powerful vocals and storytelling, Condon brings traditional acoustic folk a new life. She really nailed it with her heartfelt depiction of her time as an oil-sands widow in “This Great Compromise”.

The show took delightful turn when Condon invited Alberta’s Small Glories to the stage and they shared a song they composed during the festival, “Long Moon”. The combination of Cara Luft’s banjo, JD Edwards’ harmonica and blue-grassy vocals, and Condon’s beautiful voice made this a highlight of my festival. What a pairing!