Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Shreem - Celtic Remixing, Debut Album

Here is something perhaps for the younger crowd? It's still dance music, but something you'd be more accustomed to hearing in a modern dance club. You can hear the reels, the jogs, polkas, the fiddle and the uilleann pipes! This is fun music.

With his current project, Shreem - Celtic Remixing, (Jason) Andrews’ musical journey has come full circle and brought him back to his traditional East Coast roots.  For Shreem, Andrews has developed a new sound, blending Celtic, electronic, and hip-hop music with hard-hitting drums and powerful, warm melodies.  Shreem - Celtic Remixing breathes new life into traditional Celtic music, infusing it with a fresh,  modern feel.  In Shreem we hear the influence of Celtic artists such as Slainte, Mhath and Flook, paired with electronic and hip-hop artists like Diplo, Grandtheft, and Keys N Krates.

Andrews’ style can best be described as a sonic “tour de force”, incorporating looping, vocal sampling, electronic percussion, beat boxing, and live musicianship.  Shreem - Celtic Remixing showcases each of these elements, while allowing the earthiness of traditional Celtic music to shine through.
On spotify:

Audio samples available on the Shreem website:

The Irish in Latin-America, 2 May 2017

A fascinating topic coming up in a lecture at U of O in early May.

Professor Dermot Keogh to give a lecture on the Irish and Latin America:
The Chair of Celtic Studies is very proud to able to welcome Emeritus Professor Dermot Keogh to give a lecture on the Irish and Latin America with special attention to Ireland’s historic connections with Argentina. He will be speaking on Tuesday, 2 May, 2017 in the Hamelin Building room 509 (Arts) of the University of Ottawa.

Professor Keogh was the first person to receive a doctorate in History and Civilisation from European University Institute, Florence; he was Fulbright Professor in California, 1983; Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Washington DC, 1988; Visiting Professor, History Department, Cornell University, 1989; Guest Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1991. Arts Faculty Research Merit award 1999. Lecturer and Professor, University College Cork, 1980-2010; Jean Monnet Professor, 1990-; Head of History, 2002-2009. Retired 2010. (text by Dr. P. Birt)

(click poster to enlarge)

The blog author also recommends you listen to this very interesting RTE Doc on One podcast about the Irish in Argentina

Outside Mullingar - Gladstone Theatre, 27 Apr - 6 May, 2017

For all the details and ticket purchase, please visit The Gladstone Theatre webpage for this production:

Outside Mullingar, by John Patrick Shanley
Presented by Blacksheep Theatre

Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Anthony and Rosemary have spent their entire lives on their adjoining farms in rural Ireland. Anthony’s father, an ailing widower after a piece of disputed turf, threatens to disinherit his childless son and leave his family farm to American cousins. Rosemary’s mother, a tremulous widow is just trying to keep a leash on her fierce daughter. These two eccentric souls will need to overcome bitter familial rivalries and their own stubborn pride, resolve a generations-old land dispute, and fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of future. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Written by Pulitzer, Oscar, and Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck)

“Shanley’s finest work since DOUBT… a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love.” —New York Times.

The Trousers, CD Release concert, Sat 13 May 2017

The Trousers are a dynamic duo that showcases music from their roots. Multi instrumentalists Karson and Ross will keep your toes tapping with their unique arrangements of traditional irish, scottish and Cape Breton music. Their diverse musical background that spans across many genres including jazz, blues and classical brings a fresh sound on an old tradition. With music sure to keep your feet stomping, their performance also offers storytelling, a lot of laughs and an insight in how The Trousers pass on the tradition.

After a year together The Trousers are so pleased to release their first recording as a band. The EP brings together sets influenced by some of their biggest idols, new tunes and some old favourites.

234 Keyworth Ave, Ottawa
7-10 pm

$20.00 admission
$25.00 (admission + CD!)
$10.00 youth under 26
$15.00 youth + CD

Limited tickets!! Buy tickets online!

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Hire them for your special party!

Louis Schryer with Kanata Symphony Orchestra - 6 May 2017

Saturday May 6, at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue, enjoy the Kanata Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yves Lacoursiere, with Canadian Grand Master Fiddler Louis Schryer, present a musical celebration of 150 years "Glorious and Free."

Selections include:
"Wand of Youth Suite" by Elgar
"H.M.S. Pinafore" Ouverture by Arthur Sullivan
"Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilay" by Saint-Saens
featuring Louis Schryer 
"La Bottine Souriante" Medley
"Pastiche for Anne"
"Pettit Concerto for Jean Carrignon" arr Angus Armstrong
"Skinner Suite"
"Strings and Threads"

$15 Adults
$10 Children and Seniors

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Benefit Performance, Agatha Christie's "Towards Zero" - Sunday 23 April 2017

The Ottawa Little Theatre and Irish Seniors Social Group Ottawa present a benefit performance of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, on Sunday 23 April at 2PM at the Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue (near Rideau St). This is a fundraiser for the Senior's Group.

 Lady Tressilian, an old and humorless woman confined to her bed, invites several guests into her seaside home of Gull’s Point for two weeks at the end of the summer. Tennis star Nevile Strange, former ward of Lady Tressilian’s deceased husband, incurs her displeasure by bringing both his new wife, Kay, and his ex-wife, Audrey. As sinister secrets, betrayals and romantic misunderstandings bubble to the surface, can murder be far behind? Superintendent Battle, who is holidaying nearby in the home of his nephew, finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.

For this performance:
$20 Advance from 613-829-8467 or 613-241-1404, or at the Door.

More information HERE.

Old Sod presents two concerts: John Roberts (22 April), and Maja Jacobsen with David Boulanger (11 May)

For detailed information visit the Ottawa Contra Concerts page.

On Saturday April 22 it's John Roberts, considered a legend in North American traditional music circles and regarded as "the consummate folk singer's folk singer." Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave.

On Wednesday May 10, enjoy a concert at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave, with Maja & David. What do the reviewers have to say?

"This is a real feast for fiddle fans. Their two traditions blend sweetly and seamlessly... showing that springy Scandinavian dances can segue beautifully into raucous Quebecois reels, and that drone-rich Danish airs work beautifully with their Canadian cousins." - Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post

"Ingenious and very beautiful. Wonderful fiddle duets .... and in addition two exceptional singers" - Bengt Edqvist, LIRA Magazine (Sweden)

"... A sphere beyond time and geography." - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Quebec)

Sounds good to me. :)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Wayward Sound with Special Guest Birdie Whyte - Wed 12 April 2017

We are happy to announce our upcoming show with Birdie Whyte. Music starts at 8PM. Note that Pressed Café ( ) serves good food and drink, but the kitchen closes at showtime. If you want supper, come earlier and join us as we set-up. Decent beers on tap! Should be a fun night. check out Birdie's music too.

Wednesday at 8 PM - 11 PM
Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa

The Wayward Sound is Doug Crump (guitar, vocals), Michael Jonz (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Olivia Pelling (violin), and Vance Trudeau (whistle, accordion). Based in Ottawa since 2010, the group has developed its traditional, acoustic sound at pubs, festivals, and kitchen parties. On stage, The Wayward Sound weaves together their original folk and east-coast style music with the ancient, traditional tunes of the British Isles.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

"Celtic Canada" with the Ottawa Celtic Choir: 9 April 2017

Enjoy the sounds of the Ottawa Celtic Choir for a night of Celtic song from Canada (and a few other countries, for good measure).

Knox Presbyterian Church Ottawa
120 Lisgar St., Ottawa
Doors open at 7 pm
Music at 7:30

The Ottawa Celtic Choir was established in 2008, and reflects a rich heritage of Celtic music in our community and our country. We sing the music of the Celtic nations and diasporas, both accompanied and acapella, in English and in a variety of Celtic languages.

The OCC is a non-auditioned community choir. An ability to read music or speak one of the Celtic languages is not necessary to sing with us.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Manotick, Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees - Lyon Street Celtic Band - 25 March 2017

Canadian Connection Refugee Group presents

 The Lyon Street Celtic Band

The Lyon Street Celtic Band is a dynamic group of five musicians playing Irish, Scottish and Canadian music. They play fiddles, bodhran, tin whistle, accordions, and guitar.
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 
Tickets $15
Bar opens at 6:30 with Silent Auction (cash or cheque only) 
Concert at 7:30
Manotick United Church
Tickets sold at the door and in Manotick at
Paul’s Pharmacy  
Manotick Office Pro and
Manotick United Church
                    To make a donation or for information e-mail :

Money raised from this concert to benefit our
Syrian refugee family

Concert: "A Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon - Tales of Gloriana and the Spanish Main", 26 March 2017

Mary Muckle, a well known and highly respected local harper, usually in the Celtic style, presents "A Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon - Tales of Gloriana and the Spanish Main" within the St. Luke's concert series, March 26, 7.30 pm., St Luke's Anglican Church on Somerset. This is a concert of music from Renaissance England and Spain and of music inspired by extraordinary figures of that period.

The program features lute songs, court dances, English country dances and Spanish dances originating in the New World and the Canary Islands. Compositions refer to Elizabeth I, England’s mistress of the seas, to Sir Francis Drake, hero of the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada, to Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Galway (who challenged Elizabeth I), and to Irish noblewoman, Princess Sheila Na Geira Pike, an early settler of Carbonear, Newfoundland.

Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord 
Julie Leduc, harp 
Doug Brierley, violin 
Loyda Lastra, flute 
Marilyn Jenkins, voice 
The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble. 

More information at Eventbrite. Admission is by donation.

Press Release Tara Lee, Guest of Irish Film Festival Ottawa 2017

Tara will be the guest at the Opening Night of the Irish Film Festival Ottawa on March 31st. The director Darren Thornton will also take part in a Q&A by Skype after the film.

Tara is an upcoming actress and singer songwriter from Ireland. Her most recent credits include the role of Hannah opposite Cobie Smulders in SONGBIRD, and the role of Daisy Drake in the third series of THE FALL starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dorman.

2016 Saw Tara play the lead role of Caitlin in Clydenank Film's film MOONDOG and Jess in Darren Thornton's film A DATE FOR MAD MARY which will open the Irish Film Festival on March 31st.

Tara also received an Bingham Ray New Talent Award nomination for her work on MOONDOOGS and A DATE FOR MAD MARY.

VERSeFest poetry festival - two Irish poets Saturday 25 March at 7pm

The VERSeFest poetry festival takes place in Ottawa 21-26 March 2017.

Ireland is participating again this year with two poets, Alan Gillis and Leanne O'Sullivan, on Saturday 25 March at 7pm, Knox, 227 Elgin Street, with the support of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland, Canada

Monday, 20 March 2017

St. Patrick's Week continues at The Gladstone - A Man of No Importance, 22-25 March 2017

A Man of No Importance
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally

March 22-25 (preview March 21)
Tues-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat matinee 2:30 pm

A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver in 1960's Dublin who directs an amateur group of thespians called the St. Imelda's Players. Filled with lilting Irish music and wry humour, it is a small, lovely musical that touches the heart and brings a smile to your face. This moving, elegant depiction of coming to terms with oneself reunites the award-winning team from Ragtime. The show will be a fundraiser for the Youville Centre, which motivates, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Why not make a night of it! indie women productions has teamed with Heart & Crown Preston Street to put a little more Irish in your March. Just show your ticket for A Man of No Importance at the Heart & Crown Preston Street location during the run of the show and they'll give you 15% off. 

A Man of No Importance runs March 22-25, 2017 with a preview on March 21. Tickets at, 613-233-4523 or at The Gladstone Box Office.
Adult: $38, Senior: $34, Student/Artist/Unwaged/Preview: $22

Monday, 13 March 2017

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Tuesday 14 March 2017

On Tuesday 14 March, the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) is presenting the world renown duo of Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly. Either one of these musicians in their own right, would be worth any Irish music fan's concert going dollar, together they present the tradition of Irish traditional music at its highest standards of interpretation and performance.

Matt Cranitch
 “An exceptional musician and an authority on Irish fiddle-playing, Matt Cranitch has been a major force in Irish music since the early 1970s.” – The Rough Guide to Irish Music.

Author of The Irish Fiddle Book.

Jackie Daly
In 2005 Jackie Daly received the very prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil (the premier, annual, National Music Award, Ireland). The previous recipients of this award is a who's-who of the giants, the legends, of Irish traditional music in the last 50 years.

Broadcast just days before the Ottawa concert, TG4 (the Irish language broadcaster in Ireland) aired this short documentary on Jackie Daly. View Here  This is really worth watching!

If you are not familiar with these fine musicians, you owe it to yourself to read the short version (and perhaps the long) versions of their biographies presented on their webpage. Then you owe it to yourself to buy a ticket or two, and listen to these legendary gentlemen play you an evening of the finest Irish music to be played anywhere in Ottawa this coming March.

Purchase their music (CD Baby gets artists paid from more revenue sources than anyone else):
Rolling On (2014)
The Living Stream (2010)

See you there!!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Concert: An Evening of Celtic Song, 12 March 2017

A concert by local musical artists Hibernia, will be presented Sunday March 12, between the hours 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 760 Somerset St., Ottawa.

This will be an evening of Celtic Song in honour of St. Patrick;s Day, offered by Hibernia with special guest Ross Davison (Irish pipes, tin whistle).

Your blogger saw them last Christmas time, and it was a really enjoyable evening. Recommended!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

JiiG, giG! Saturday March 11, Chelsea, QC

In 2005, Ian Robb invited three of his favourite local musicians, James Stephens, Ian Clark and Greg Brown, to record an album with him. Out of that recording, which received glowing reviews and won one of the inaugural 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, came the band JIIG (the initials of the band members). The band performed for a while, and then for various reasons, faded from view. But now, by popular request and with some persuasion, they're back, at least for one Old Sod Society show, with their signature blending of mostly old songs and great tunes from all over the map.

...well played, well crafted arrangements of traditional and traditional-sounding songs and tunes...JIIG is the perfect example of what can happen when good friends, who also happen to be extraordinary musicians, breathe new life into magnificent old songs...Sing Out! Magazine

Listen to JIIG here (SoundCloud)

When: Saturday March 11th, at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm

Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Chemin Mill, Chelsea QC
(Google Maps link)

Tickets: $20 in advance; $22 at the door, from

Ride sharing:
If you need a ride out to Chelsea, or would be willing to give someone a ride, please contact Nev Miller (neville dot miller032 at sympatico dot ca), who will be coordinating requests and offers.

We hope to see you out in Chelsea for this rare concert by a great band! Please share this email, to get the word around. Thanks,

The Old Sod Crew.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Concert: Delhi 2 Dublin, 3 Feb 2017

St. Patrick’s Day has come early. You may remember the name Delhi 2 Dublin as they had crowds jumping at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade post party. Now, they are back in Ottawa, this time at Shenkman Arts Centre on Feb. 3.

The band is described on Sound Cloud as a band who “invented the genre ‘Celtic Punjabi Electronica’” – something a little different to traditional Irish sounds. Delhi 2 Dublin expertly blend banging bhangra beats with music samples from Irish folk.

When listening to the sounds of Delhi 2 Dublin you will hear the guitar and fiddle play a prominent part. If you have never seen this group before then you must check it out, they will have you jumping in your seats!

Concert details:
Showtime 8:00 pm
Tickets: $38


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Album Release - MacIsaac and MacKenzie, Live on Elgin, Saturday, 4 February 2017

MacIsaac and MacKenzie are performing for their album release, Live on Elgin, at . . . Live on Elgin, 220 Elgin St, Ottawa, on Saturday, 4th February.

Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie are a wife and husband duo who have established a unique musical partnership that combines Cape Breton piano playing with a modern approach to Celtic fiddle. While Calum’s musical approach has been heavily influenced by his Hebridean roots and his native Cape Breton culture, Alexis’ playing is a multi-faceted harmonization of Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton styles.

Concert details:

Doors open 7:30 pm, showtime 9:00 pm
$10 Advance
$15 At the door

Further information on Alexis and Callum:

Funeral details for Donal Kavanagh

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 10th at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Beauchamp Funeral Home (47 Denise Friend, Aylmer, QC)

Funeral is Wednesday, Jan 11th (11a.m.) with a lunch to follow in the church hall (St. Mark's, (160 Rue Principale, Aylmer, QC)

Obituary for Donal:

Donal Kavanagh (1928-2016)

As many of you know on Christmas Day 2016 we lost our friend Donal Kavanagh, at the age of 88.

Don was a wonderful musician, known mostly for his incredible skills plying Irish traditional music on a variety of harmonicas, and particularly known for his hornpipes. On at least one occasion I was blessed to hear Don whistle music (with his mouth, not a penny whistle) and that was wonderful. Both of these musical skills are not as common in the music as they once were, and so hearing Don play was always something that made the room go silent and attentive. Don's knowledge of Irish music, his respect for the tradition of it, the appropriate playing of it, and his support of others who either loved the music or played it, were second to none. I saw Don play on stage (National Arts Centre) once with The Chieftains, he being the godfather of Kevin Conneff, bodhran player and singer for that iconic group. When I was organising concerts, living legend Paddy Keenan (The Both Band) invited him on stage. Paddy told me after the concert that Don was one of the best harmonica players he had ever heard, and Paddy has been around.

Besides Don's playing was his friendship. Such a warm person, not afraid to tell you what he felt, but you knew you always got the straight goods from him. In his late 70's, when I first met Don, he volunteered to distribute posters promoting one my concerts. He did a lot of work, he didn't have to, but he was so supportive, and worked tirelessly for his friends and the music. It was inspiring. We need more Don's. He was interviewed on CBC Radio Morning (Ottawa) just ahead of Saint Patrick's Day one year. He mentioned my, the website if his friend. The website statistics went through the roof. I was floored. I was humbled. That was his influence.

 Thanks, Don. We will miss you terribly.


Monday, 12 December 2016

A Celtic Christmas - Celebrating 150 Years at St. Patrick's Fallowfield - 18 Dec 2016

Join us in celebrating St. Patrick's Parish (Fallowfield) - 150th anniversary.  We are fortunate to welcome three, very talented, local artists to lead us in a joyful afternoon for sing-along Christmas carols, as well as lively jigs and reels, on fiddle, piano, mandolin, flute, and more!

Anna Ludlow (fiddle) appeared on the Nova Scotia music scene in the early 1990s and has since been captivating audiences across North America. She's studied and collaborated with some of eastern Canada's most celebrated artists.  In 2005, she became the principal fiddle player for DRUM!, the critically acclaimed (and Juno nominated) touring production from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Since then, her career has flourished and she has entertained royalty, celebrities and Olympic athletes. Now living in Ottawa, she is working on her upcoming album which fuses traditional Celtic tunes with a modern percussive vibe and showcases her versatility as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and step-dancer.

Tyson Chen (piano) currently performs an eclectic mix of musical styles including Celtic, popular, classical, and jazz. He complements his performances by teaching workshops and private lessons with a focus on Cape Breton piano accompaniment. Audiences, musicians, and students are drawn to his vibrant piano performances, engaging personality, and professionalism.

He studied classical and popular music in Ottawa, where he grew up. In recent years, he has lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he has become a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He has also recently explored the world of jazz music and is currently studying jazz and Celtic piano in Ottawa.

Graham Lindsey (mandolin, flute) began writing Celtic- and traditional-style instrumental tunes back in 2014. His music has been described as being written by a listener: interesting tunes for the audience, but not necessarily Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton or Québecois. He is a multi-instrumentalist (percussion, flute and most recently mandolins and banjo) and he adds those sounds as he plays with a number of Celtic bands and fiddlers.

When he's not playing with a band, you can find him playing sessions across the country, or in a number of other musical settings. In his spare time, Graham is on the board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, is involved in this country's wider folk music community, and runs a media production company (Wavelength Media).  Sharing music, though, remains his greatest joys evidenced by the idiots grin he often sports while playing.

Advance tickets: $10.00 (ends Dec. 18th @ 10am)
Tickets at the door: $15.00 (cash only)
Children 12 and under: FREE

Buy online tickets (this link)

Concert 3 - 5 PM

St. Patrick's Church is located at 15 Steeple Hill Crescent, Ottawa (Nepean, near Richmnd Rd and Fallowfield Rd)

(text borrowed from the ticket website)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Songs to Light the Darkness - Ottawa Celtic Choir - 11 Dec 2016

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is proud to present a concert of Winter and Christmas music as part of the St. Luke's Anglican Church Concert Series. We are joined this year by Susan Toman, celtic harp player and composer.

A reminder of the Ottawa Celtic Choir's upcoming concert, with special guests Hibernia!
Songs to Light the Darkness
Sunday at 7:30 PM
St. Luke's Anglican Church in Ottawa, Ontario
St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset St W, Ottawa

Monday, 21 November 2016

The Dance Exchange - Fri 25 Nov 2016

A fun evening of traditional dancing from the regions of Brittany, Burgundy and Scotland coming up.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Cape Breton musical talent returns for Christmas 2016

Two upcoming concerts deserve mention.

The Barra McNeils are performing An East Coast Christmas on Friday Dec 9 at the Centrepointe Theatre at 7:30 PM. Tickets and info here.  Get them soon. Not a lot left. This is an annual show in Ottawa and it is very popular. (Note, I have one B.N. cd, The Traditional Album, it came out a long time ago, and if you could wear out a cd, I would have worn it out a long time ago, simply fantastic).

Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy, both extraordinary musicians and performers, present A Celtic Family Christmas on Dec 21 at 8PM at the National Arts Centre, Tickets here. It is very nearly sold out (confirming, I don't need to heavily promo artists on this blog that have the might of the NAC marketing machine behind them). This will be a great concert.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

"My Name is Emily" at the European Union Film Festival - Friday 18 Nov 2016

A reminder that the Embassy of Ireland presents My Name is Emily at the European Union Film Festival in Ottawa this coming Friday, November 18, 8:35 pm at Carleton University's River Building Theatre.

After the death of his wife, Robert, a best-selling author, suffers a mental breakdown and is institutionalized, leaving his daughter Emily in foster care. On her side, Emily begins to suspect that something is really wrong when she doesn’t receive her father’s annual birthday card. Accompanied by her shy classmate Arden, Emily embarks on a road trip to free her father from his psychiatric hospital in the north of Ireland. The journey will take both Emily and Arden to unexpected places.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Celtic Christmas Concerts by Hibernia - 2 and 3 Dec 2016

There are two upcoming Celtic Christmas concerts with the group Hibernia (Susan Toman, harp; Ellen MacIsaac, singer) with special guest piper/whistle Ross Davison (of The Trousers).

Friday Dec 2 - Hibernia (harp, voice, pipes/whistle), "Strike the Harp," Celtic Music for Christmas. Metcalfe United Church, 2677 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe ON.
Tickets $20 at the door or on Eventbrite here:

Saturday Dec 3 - Hibernia (harp, voice, pipes/whistle), "Strike the Harp," Celtic Music for Christmas. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar, Ottawa ON.
Tickets $20 at the door or on Eventbrite here:

Hibernia is a duo of harp and voice, specializing in the repertoire of Ireland and Scotland, in Gaelic and in English. Their website is

In the House and Friends of the House - Concert listings (25-26 Nov 2016)

Thanks to Graham Crate for providing this information. As many of you may know, Graham is a tremendous supporter of folk musicians from local and abroad. Get on his mailing list.


Saturday Nov 26:  Tiger Island Trio, 7PM
IN THE HOUSE (contact Graham for Ottawa address) presents the Tiger Island Trio, 7PM.  This Ottawa Valley Trio featuring Dennis Harrington & Randy Foster on fiddle and Sherryl Fitzpatrick on piano, will delve into the rich heritage of Old Time Fiddling of Don Messer, Graham Townsend, Ward Allen, Andy Dejarlis, Ivan Hicks and Calvin Vollrath to name a few.  They will perform some of their own original compositions, highlighting beautiful harmony and, featuring the strong vocals of Randy Foster, they will resurrect great songs from Mac Beattie, Faron Young, Ray Price, Hank Williams and Bobby Helms. Joining them on their performances are the Foster Brothers (Randy's twin brother Doug and younger brother Keith) who showcase their natural ability to sing beautiful harmonies to the old standards.

Tickets are $20 each and are available from Graham and Suzanne at


Friday Nov 25:   Stéphanie Lépine, 7:30 - 11:00pm
The Ottawa Traditional Fiddle and Folk Art Society presents Stéphanie Lépine, performing at our November party at the Montgomery Legion at 330 Kent Street.  Stéphanie has mesmerized audiences while playing with bands like La Galvaude and Norouet and last May, released her first solo album entitled, La Grande Ligne. With this album, Stéphanie subtly leads us in the twists and turns of the repertoire from the popular Quebec violinists, from Isidore Soucy to Jos Bouchard, including J.O. LaMadeleine and Édouard Richard."

Members are free, guests are $8 (at the door).  Become a member for $60 annually, and join us for all 10 of our monthly parties.  We will follow our normal agenda of a jam session at 7:30 (bring your fiddle), individual performances by our members, a special performance by Stéphanie Lépine, and our evening snack.

Saturday Nov 26: Stephanie Lepine Workshop
Stéphanie will be teaching a 2-hour fiddle workshop where she will be teaching a Québecois tune. In the tune, she will be teaching technique in addition to the slight nuances that create the Quebecois sound. The workshop is open to Intermediate-Advanced players. Cost is $25.00/person. Contact Sherryl to register:

Saturday Nov 26:  Branches of Silver, 7:30pm
Beth and Jennifer (contacts below for south of Ottawa address) present Branches of Silver, a trio of young professional musicians from Ottawa Ontario. Emily Yarascavitch (fiddle, voice, step dance) is a former Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion, and Kyle Burghout (fiddle) is the 2015 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Together, they are the 2015 Canadian Duet Fiddle Champions, and have also won the duet fiddle class at the prestigious Pembroke Fiddle Competition. Anthony Vial has studied piano accompaniment with Denis Lanctot for several years, and is quickly becoming an in-demand accompanist in the Ottawa area, playing with musicians including Shane Cook, Wendy MacIsaac, and Denis Lanctot. As a trio, Branches of Silver have toured around Ontario and Quebec, and released their debut EP in the summer of 2015. Having individually performed in Canada, the USA, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and more, Kyle, Emily, and Anthony bring a wealth of performing experience to the stage. They are not to be missed.

BYOB, Feel free to bring a snack to share. LIMITED SEATING! Reserve your seats now by contacting OR

Please note that the shows mentioned in this list are friends of the IN THE HOUSE concert series and it's organizers, and we hope to help raise their profiles as we think they are truly deserving of our intention.  It is not the intention of IN THE HOUSE to manage and distribute concert listings on any regular basis, but will continue to advertise single shows for both IN THE HOUSE and FRIENDS OF THE HOUSE.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Kickstarter for "Ontario Traditional Music Library"


See here for all information on this Kickstarter campaign (ending soon!)

We are looking for a few angels to help launch a free online collection of traditional and historical songs and tunes from the province of Ontario, Canada. Much of the initial offering of material is comprised of Ontario music that Ian Bell has collected and learned from a wide range of sources over the past four decades.

The project's current collaborators include a mix of longtime folk musicians many with a museum background. These include Bill Nesbitt, Anne Lederman, Mac Swackhammer, Saskia Tomkins and Brad McEwen. As well, the library invites contributions of suitable content from the public.

Concert of Irish Traditional Music - Wed 9 Nov 2016

Concert: William Woodson and Eric McDonald and The Trousers - Thurs 17 Nov 2016

Small piper/guitar powerhouse William Woodson and Eric McDonald are coming to Ottawa and sharing the stage with The Trousers (Ross Davison and Karson McKeown)

Lots of fiddling, piping, guitar playing and tunes to fill your boots with.

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Tickets- $20 at the door ($10 for students)

Don't miss this one of a kind event!

Brigid's well will also be open for drinks and the like.

Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts
310 St Patrick St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5K5

Monday, 7 November 2016

My Name is Emily - European Union Film Festival, Ottawa, Friday 18 November 2016

The Embassy of Ireland presents My Name is Emily at the European Union Film Festival in Ottawa on Friday, November 18, 8:35 pm at Carleton University's River Building Theatre.

After the death of his wife, Robert, a best-selling author, suffers a mental breakdown and is institutionalized, leaving his daughter Emily in foster care. On her side, Emily begins to suspect that something is really wrong when she doesn't receive her father's annual birthday card. Accompanied by her shy classmate Arden, Emily embarks on a road trip to free her father from his psychiatric hospital in the north of Ireland. The journey will take both Emily and Arden to unexpected places.

CFI Members, seniors (65+), students: $9.00 Requires valid ID.
Non-members / General Admission: $13.00

Carleton Students and Staff FREE! Requires Carleton ID. Rush line only.

Festival Passes: 5-Film Passport: $40.00 CFI Members only. You must present your Membership card at the door.

River Building Theatre, Carleton University, 3rd Floor (Theatre), 2nd Floor (Box Office)

How to get there:
• Walk to campus from Hog's Back or Old Ottawa South (20 min)
• Bike along the Rideau Canal and park in front
• Take the OTrain to Europe! directly from the Transitway
• Ride OCTranso on the #4 or #7
• Drive and park on campus

Fridays: FREE at Parking Garage P-9 (Level 1 only)
Arrive early! Spaces are limited.
$8.00 flat rate evening at other pay-and-display lots/levels

Theatre: The Trial of Pádraig Pearse - 10 Nov 2916

The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School, in association with Newpoint Players, Ireland, and St Brigid’s Irish Centre, Ottawa, is staging a rehearsed reading of Anthony Russell’s new play The Trial of Pádraig Pearse. It examines the case for and against Pearse proceeding with the Easter Rising.

In this ‘Court Of History’ Pearse is defended by John Mitchell (1815 - 1875), a physical force republican and former Young Ireland comrade of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. The prosecution is presented by D’Arcy McGee, the Irish rebel, Canadian patriot and Founding Father of Canadian Confederation, who will suggest the 1916 Rising was undemocratic and unnecessary. The tension between the acerbic prosecutor and the loquacious defender makes for riveting drama, interspersed by comic and ironic relief.

Pádraig Pearse was found innocent of charges of treason against the Irish people at a special sitting of the Carlingford Assizes in Carlingford at the Thomas D’Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford, Co Louth in August. The majority innocent verdict of 33 to 28 (the narrow margin raising eyebrows in some quarters) found defense lawyer John Mitchel’s persuasive arguments to outweigh those of prosecutor Thomas D’Arcy McGee.

D’Arcy McGee is adamant that the jury was rigged and has lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court of History for a retrial. The good people of Ottawa have offered to stage the Trial there from 1-5 November. Other communities in Montréal, Ottawa, Newry, Armagh, Omeath, Belfast and Dublin have also offered to enlist a balanced jury for a retrial.

A superbly engaging dimension to the play sees the audience debate the issues in the play as jurors in the jury room. This facilitates a participative role for the audience enabling them to deliberate on the issues as presented by prosecution and defense, as well as voting on the final outcome.

The musical dimension to the theme, based around the motif of Óro Se do Bheatha Bhaile (verses of which Pearse wrote, and which he reputedly whistled on his way to the stonebreakers’ yard) will be provided by Gerry O’Connor, fiddle player with the Irish Rovers, and Donal O’Hanlon, guitar and songs.

Where and When
St. Brigid's, Ottawa on Nov. 10 at 7pm.
Tickets will be $20 per ticket or $25 on the night. .

Production Team
Playwright; Anthony Russell
Producer and Director; Donal O’Hanlon
Musical Director; Gerry O’Connor
Project Manager; Tommy Fegan

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Concert: Old Sod Series, Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland) - 25 Nov 2016

The Old Sod Society is delighted to welcome back the great Newfoundland traditional singer and guitarist, Matthew Byrne to the Old Sod Stage next month. Matthew's last concert for us garnered rave reviews from all who were there, and we hope the word gets around for a great show on Nov 25th.

Here are the details:

2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Traditional Album of the Year

Date: Friday November 25th
Time: 8pm: Doors open at 7:30pm.
Venue: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Ch. Mill, Chelsea, QC
Presented by The Old Sod Folk Music Society.
Tickets $18 in advance from, or $20 at the door

Visit the Old Sod Society concert webpage for further information.

Watch and listen:     (ed: superb!)

Concert: HISPANIA ! 29 October 2016

Dear Friends,

If you missed our HISPANIA ! concert last Spring, here is another opportunity to come on an enchanting musical journey with us…

This is a concert of beautifully unusual and rarely performed repertoire of Medieval and Renaissance Spain.

Soulful "Romances" of the Sephardic Jews are interwoven with songs of courtly love and tragic loss. In the second half you are invited to cross the ocean to hear a variety of rhythms of the Spanish diaspora of South America.

The performers are a blended group of Ottawa musicians with singer Sylvia Larrass, Greg Weeks on cello and tabla, Graham Lindsey on percussion and flute, and Celtic harp duo Acacia Lyra, with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon.

Saturday October 29, 8 pm. Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron.

Tickets $20. can be purchased online at or at the door. Doors open 7.30pm.

For an appetizer, click on the link below:

We hope to see you there !

Concert: Homage to Patagonia, The Welsh in Argentina - 12 Nov 2016

Bore da, gyfeillion,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

We want to remind you of our exciting new event this fall, a Homage to Patagonia, sponsored in part by the Celtic Chair at U of O.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 7:30 pm
Roosevelt Avenue
Tickets $20

The evening begins with a tango demonstration by professional dancers, and continues with Welsh/Argentinian music presented by three groups, snacks (included in admission) and wine (cash bar).Also included is a short talk on the Welsh in Argentina and some of their folk tales, by Dr. Pawl Birt, one of the foremost authorities on the Patagonian Welsh and member of the Ottawa Welsh Society.

Please note that there is no meal, just a variety of snacks to sample the cuisine of Patagonia. Also, we must have an accurate count of attendees to plan adequately for the snacks. There are 80 spots available. To reserve a spot, please contact or call me at 613-820-6687. The deadline is November 1st. Thanks.

Have a lovely day.


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Workshops/Concert: Cape Breton Session music workshops - 29 October 2016

A series of two hour sessions - mix and match sessions to fill your day for a mini-Gaelic College experience! Students are expected to bring their own instrument, and may also bring music stands and recording devices if desired. Each session is $25, with a discount for those registering for two or more sessions.

All sessions are open to any age, however students 10 and under must have a parent or guardian stay onsite during the entire class.

Advance registration preferred, onsite registration will be available space permitting.

Please visit for complete information

Classes will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 2345 Alta Vista Rd. Ottawa, ON. Tickets for the house concert that Ben, Anita, Tyson and Zakk will be performing at later in the day must be reserved directly with the concert host Graham Crate at gcrate @ rogers . com.

Musicians/instructors (bios at above link):
Ben Miller - Small Pipes
Tyson Chen - Cape Breton Piano Accompaniment
Zakk Cormier - Celtic Guitar
Anita MacDonald - Cape Breton Fiddle/Stepdance

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Concert: Brian Pickell Band - 15 Oct 2016, Chelsea QC.

Local musician James Stephen's reminds us of a great upcoming gig.

I will be playing with the Brian Pickell Band on Saturday,Oct 15th at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea.I am always honoured to be in the company of these fine musicians,including Shane Cook,one of the finest fiddlers on this planet and probably any other;Julie Schryer,a piano accompanist of the utmost sensitivity;Pat O'Gorman-master of the flute,whistle,Irish and Highland pipes and acerbic but friendly wit;and not to mention our glorious leader, Brian Pickell, the author of countless beautiful and widely played tunes as well as being a singer/songwriter of the highest order. This is really an excellent band! It would be great to see you all there! 


Saturday October 15th/Ottawa Area
Mill Road Community Space/Chelsea Quebec
8 Ch. Mill, Chelsea, QC 
12 and under $10

Concert starts at 7:30.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Irish Musical Murder Mystery - 23 October 2016

The Irish Society of the National Capital Region would like you to consider attending a very fun Murder Mystery. The date is October 23, beginning at Brigid's Well at 1:00 pm. (St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St.Patrick's st) The cost is $30.00 including a substantial lunch. This will be done in the Film Noir tradition and based on the 1941 Maltese Falcon. Except, this will be an IRISH MUSICAL MURDER MYSTERY. We do hope you and your members will join us. You may telephone (Evelyn) me at 613-742-1442. Or After October 11, Corrine at 613-218-3009. We can promise you a wonderful time. Best regards, Evelyn Maloney

More info on other events, including this one:

"The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley" Lecture Series, Ottawa Public Library - Saturday 15 October 2016

"The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley" Lecture Series | Ottawa Public Library

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society presents a lecture by local author and historian, Terry Currie on "The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley." All are Welcome. Please visit www. / for details.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
1:30pm , 210 mins. Stittsville, Meeting Room

For further information see the Goulbourn Historical Society webpage:

Monday, 3 October 2016

Upcoming: Writers Festival and Musical Events, Irish content in October and November.

Upcoming events that may be of interest to the community.

The Ottawa International Writers Festival, September & October 2016 –

Mary Morrissy participates with Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa and Literature Ireland support.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, "Irish Eyes" 1916 Commemoration Concert, Montreal, 23 October 2016 – with the support of the Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa -

A Centenary Commemoration of Easter 1916 in Words and Music featuring Irish musicians: Tom Sweeney and Evans & Doherty, 9 November 2016 (Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean)

(thank you to the Irish Embassy for providing this information)

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Present: A Celtic Family Christmas - 21 December 2016

"This year, A Celtic Family Christmas exceeds all expectations with riveting performances by Natalie, Donnell, and their children, bringing the Cape Breton Christmas to you. Through a mix of both song and dance, they will take you on a journey of virtuoso performances, telling the story of the night before Christmas in the Leahy/Macmaster household. “Christmas is where this whole concept started and we are excited to be travelling as a family,” says Donnell. “It’s a perfect time to travel across Canada and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.” With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs sure to warm your heart, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family."

For more info and tickets:

Friday, 30 September 2016

"U.S. not worth trip anymore: Irvine"

Published by the Irish Echo (*) on 19 September, Andy Irvine has made some, to say the least, interesting, or informative statements,

“It’s my last tour because the U.S. powers that be just make it too difficult. From the 30 percent withholding tax, to the tiresome, expensive and ultimately humiliating application for a work visa – which very often doesn’t come through in time. 
Most of all, to the totally unfair disparity between a US musician touring Ireland and all this s*** we have to go through to tour over there, enough is enough.  Age is a factor and so is political uncertainty.”

Read the Irish Echo's full story here:


Hibernia performs fundraising Concert - Saturday 22 Oct 2016

Join Hibernia, Susan Toman and Ellen MacIsaac, for a concert of Irish music on Oct 22, 2016, at 8:30 PM at the All Saints' Anglican Westboro Church (347 Richmond Rd). Hibernia will be playing with special guest Ross Davison for this fundraising event.

More information:

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Music for the Future Ottawa Fundraiser and Instrument Drive - 1 Oct 2016

Saturday October 1st, 7pm
Loyalist Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave, Ottawa, Ontario

Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association (TSA) - Music for the Future presents the 2nd annual Ottawa Concert Fundraiser and Instrument Drive!

Greg Simm, and Kim De LaForest are back to entertain you and bring a little of Canada's Northern music culture to your ears, all while increasing awareness of the TSA's mission in Canada's North.

And they are bringing a friend!  This year, they are joined by traditional Inuit Drum maker and Dancer, David Serkoak!

NEW:  Greg is arranging for students who have graduated from the TSA program and who are now studying in Ottawa to perform in the show!  More details to come!

Buy Tickets In Advance:
Adult:  $20
Child (16 or under):  $10
A small service fee will apply

Buy Tickets At the Door (if available)
Adult: $25
Child: $15

Make a Financial Donation
(Tax receipts available)

Donate an Instrument
Contact local Ottawa organizer Graham Crate at gcrate @ rogers . com

Fiddles will be set up and distributed to students where the TSA teaches.
Other instruments will be auctioned to raise funds to purchase new fiddles

About the TSA
Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association, which from Inuktitut translates to "Music for the Future," has been sending music instructors, to communities on Baffin Island since 2009. The TSA's mission is to, on a volunteer and non-profit basis, seek to promote music among youth in the North in order to increase self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and a healthy and positive lifestyle.

All funds raised will go towards the music workshops in Nunavut allowing us to meet the growing interest in our program.