Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Festival of Small Halls, Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Prince Edward Island’s Festival of Small Halls, in partnership with New England Celtic Arts, is touring world famous fiddler Richard Wood with singer/songwriter Gordon Belcher; highly acclaimed fiddler and teacher Ward MacDonald; and traditional Celtic vocalist Collette Cheverie. The Maine Celtic Tour is the direct result of two years of planning between Phill McIntyre, director of NECA; Steve Horne, executive director of the annual Festival of Small Halls; and Ward MacDonald, director of the Prince Edward Island Fiddle Camp.

The Festival of Small Halls, running from June 11 through 20 this year, is a celebration of music, art and dance across Prince Edward Island that showcases a stellar lineup of PEI and Atlantic Canadian performers with 49 shows in 16 small halls throughout the province. It has long been recognized that Maine is a hotbed of Atlantic Canadian expatriates and a large percentage of those are directly from Prince Edward Island. Future plans include the addition of Maine musicians into the mix of international artists for the festival.

Horne said the Maine Tour, developed by NECA, uses the same size venues as does the festival and offers a ready-made market in which to start promotion.

“Maine is our closest neighbor in the U.S. and the ‘hands across the border’ approach makes the most sense. We are very excited to bring a taste of PEI to the New England region and are looking to expand the program in the years to come,” he said.

Wood has impressed audiences around ther world whose TV guest appearances include those with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” playing Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, being a featured performer on CBC’s “Canada Day on Parliament Hill” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.” He was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.”

Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than a quarter of a century performing solo at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions and pubs. Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, his engaging personality, charming voice and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.

MacDonald is one of the most accomplished and well-rounded young fiddlers on Prince Edward Island. With the fiddling gene present on both sides of his family, Ward’s musical roots run back four generations. He has played concerts, festivals and square dances across the Maritimes and beyond; and has taught and performed at music and fiddle camps in the United States including the Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville. The emerging composer is the director of the Prince Edward Island Fiddle Camp.

Cheverie has established herself as one of PEI’s finest young singers. As a respected interpreter of traditional folksongs, with those rooted in Atlantic Canada and beyond, she gives a refreshing and modern slant to ancient songs blending alongside of contemporary works.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre are The Spinney Brothers from Nova Scotia Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.