About The Ross Family

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About The Ross Family

Stephanie (vocals/guitar/dance), Danielle (vocals/fiddle/dance), Alex (percussion/dance), and Johnny (piano) comprised the original Ross Family lineup.* With a blend of Acadian and Scottish influences, the four siblings grew up playing traditional tunes and step-dancing together at home. When the youngest member of the group was five years old, they cut their teeth entertaining tourists at a couple of PEI resorts – then-named Stanhope By The Sea, as well as the Stanley Bridge Country Resort. At this stage, the family's biggest asset was being cute, musicianship slowly taking root.

A few years later, the bilingual group received a push in the right direction when they were featured as up-and-coming performers in the Charlottetown Festival, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 2003–2004. This experience would lead to repeat performances at many other festivals and events all over Prince Edward Island – most recently at Festival of Small Halls (2015 & 2016) and the Indian River Festival (2014) – as well as occasional appearances elsewhere in Eastern Canada.

In 2006, a self-managed, annual concert series was born – The Ross Family Ceilidh. This well attended event has become a tasty ingredient in many PEI vacations and has helped the group develop a loyal worldwide following. Some attendees have become “regulars” who return every year, watching the family grow from novice performers into increasingly refined young musicians. The ceilidh grew in popularity and after eleven seasons at the relatively small Stanley Bridge Hall, the need to expand was clear.

In 2017, the group responded to frequently sold-out shows by relocating to a nearby larger, beautiful venue: Clinton Hills. The professional team at Clinton Hills promises to enhance the ceilidh by accommodating more people in air-conditioned comfort, adding advance ticket sales, and improving food and drink options. Plus, the open grounds and rural barn atmosphere wonderfully complement the group's rootsy music.

*A downsized band emerged in 2011 when Alex announced he was stepping away from playing music. Alex is fondly remembered by fans for his impossibly flexible dancing legs and by his siblings for the extra spice he brought to shows. Nonetheless, the Ross Family has never looked back since adapting into a trio.

“Adding real Island flavour to corporate gatherings and special occasions: Outstanding Young Farmers of Canada Conference, Culinary Institute of Canada, Charlottetown, Fall 2012.”


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