J.J. Chaisson’s PEI Kitchen Party will take over the stage Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Prince Edward Island’s J. J. Chaisson is a talented multi-instrumental musician who has collaborated on award-winning recordings; acted as front man for a Celtic rock band; and toured widely as a solo artist. Born into the well known and respected Chaisson family helped to immerse J.J. in the world of traditional music from an early age. He began playing fiddle across PEI when he was barely able to touch the floor while sitting in a chair, and word spread quickly about this young prodigy.

Chaisson released his first CD at age 14, and his high school Celtic rock band Kindle was nominated as Best New Group at the 2000 ECMAs and did a nationally televised performance at the awards show. The group traveled widely throughout Canada and into the United States with Chaisson as front man on fiddle and vocals. His second CD, “Class Act,” introduced listeners to his guitar prowess.

Now married to the love of his life, Julie MacDonald Chaisson, J.J. Chaisson is captain of a lobster boat aptly named Chaisson a Dream and fishes the cold Atlantic each spring for lobsters. When the fishin’ season ends, the music season starts. He plays at locations across Prince Edward Island throughout the summer and travels off PEI whenever the opportunity arises.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at unitymaine.org. Next up are Celtic mayhem-meisters the Tartan Terrors Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ($20). For more information call 948-7469 or visit the website.

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