Monday, 19 February 2018

A night of Irish dance with Rhythm of the Dance, Centrepointe Theatre, 21 March 2018

Feel the beat of the bodhrán awaken your spirit as 22 Irish step-dancers take you on a 1,000 year journey of the Irish throughout history.

Featuring a live band, three tenors and performed by the National Dance Company of Ireland, Rhythm of the Dance combines traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology. This exhilarating 2-hour performance will lift you off your feet!

A fusion of the contemporary and the ancient, Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world.

Come out experience the energy of this international sensation at our very own Centrepointe Theatres on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Info Page and Tickets

Rhythm of the Dance Trailer

Saturday, 10 February 2018

In concert: Genticorum -10 March 2018

Saturday March 10

Over the last few years, Genticorum has become one of the most sought after proponents of Québécois musical culture, having performed and toured in over 15 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original, traditional 'power trio' also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and accordion accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.

This concert celebrates the release of Genticorum's brand new CD, AVANT L'ORAGE!

When: Saturday, March 10, 8pm (doors 7:30)
Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa
Tickets: $25 advance, $28 at the door

Advance tickets available now at

PASCAL GEMME is a leading light in Quebec's traditional music scene.Known as much for his  original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries. From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal's St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

YANN FALQUET is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor's degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum but also with JUNO award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.

...deference to the past with an ear to the current Quebecois trad scene. Matt Large - HELLO DARLIN' PRODUCTIONS
Their robust vocals & sheer energy are satisfying, but ultimately it's the sense of playfulness married to a sonic richness - and those interesting original arrangements – that makes this ... such a devilish pleasure. SONGLINES
For a three piece, Genticorum makes a very full and glorious noise, both instrumentally and vocally… Chris Nickson, SING OUT!
Their strong, expressive French vocals and lush harmonies add rich icing to an already sumptuous cake. Any fan of folk music must hear this supercharged trio at all costs. Eric Thom – EXCLAIM

Listen to Genticorum here (YouTube)

Provided by Old Sod Folk Society of Ottawa.

Masters of the Celtic Harp: Workshops & Concert - 6-7 April 2018


Two of the Foremost Harpers of Ireland and Scotland Together
Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson: Two Sides of Celtic
in Ottawa, April 6-7,2018


Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $22 at the door, or through eventbrite:

WORKSHOPS (suitable for harpists with 1+yrs experience)

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Times: 10-11:30am Grainne Hambly (The Jig is Up)
12:30-2pm William Jackson (Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall)
2:30-4pm Grainne Hambly (Irish Traditional Dance Music)

Tickets: $40 for 1 workshop, $70 for 2 workshops, $100 for all 3 workshops
REGISTRATION: To register for the workshops (or workshops AND concert), please print off this PDF and send it back to me, either by scanning/attaching, or by regular mail. Payment can be done by e-transfer or cheque. All of this information can be found on the PDF, as well as on my website:

* Registration deadline is March 25, 2018

Find out more about the artists here:

Interview with the artists:


The Jig is Up: There's nothing that says Irish so much as the sound of a jig. Yet getting that "lilt" is a nuance that escapes many players just reading eighth notes on sheet music. Learn a jig or two from a master player and find out how to get the lightness and lift into your playing.

Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall? A look at the music attributed to the 17th century blind harpers Rory Dall Morrison of Scotland and Rory Dall O'Catháin (Roger O'Keane ) of Ireland, and the confusion over the authorship of their compositions. Their music is very different than that of O'Carolan, probably the best-known, today, of the blind harpers.

Irish Traditional Dance Music: An Introduction to Ornamentation and Arranging: Learn about the different types of ornamentation used in Irish music, how to play them, and how to apply them to a basic melody. Some approaches to creating interesting and stylistically appropriate arrangements will also be covered. The difference between how dance tunes are notated and how they should be played will also be discussed.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Irish Film Festival Ottawa 2018 - 23-25 March

Mark your calendars, Ottawa. Right now, just go get that pen and walk over to your calendar. The Irish Film Festival Ottawa (IFFO) is back for yet another weekend of the finest available Irish Cinema between Friday 23 and Sunday 25 March at Art Court, 2 Daly Avenue.

Festival Director, Patrick Murray, and his committee, always select an incredibly wide range of films, covering historical drama, documentary, the trials and triumphs of modern Irish society, to ludicrous comedy. In short, I have learned that a weekend at IFFO shows the rapid social evolution of Ireland over the last century, from the rural farming landscape and coastal life to the harshness of modern urban life. All issues are on the table. Nothing is off limits.

Positioned late in March, not long after the mayhem of St. Patrick's Day (and all the lead up to it), IFFO offers the festival goer with a relaxing sanctuary of Irishness, without all the fuss of green glitter, green beer, green . . . . well, everything. The lights go down and you are in your own space, absorbing an Irish story, a story about anything. It all starts with the Opening Night Gala will feature a full house of cinema goers, a great opening feature, likely an appearance by one of the film's actors, normally the Irish Ambassador to Canada introduces the opening film, and this is all followed by a live Irish music session featuring Ottawa's finest Irish musicians. 

Typically, at least one feature is shown in the Irish language (subtitled). Each movie is followed by a live Q and A with the Director and/or Producer of the film. This is a really interesting part of the festival, and something you will never get by going to the local cineplex. The Saturday matinee is tailored for the enjoyment of children (to be honest, last year's Children's feature was enjoyed immensely by every adult in the room!).

I have personally enjoyed this festival very much, every year. I'm going, regardless, but it's a weekend I pray for rain. It just makes it all the more Irish. If you haven't been, just go. You'll be delighted.

Your blogger,

Monday, 5 February 2018

2018 Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend - Toronto, 2-4 March 2018

The Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend is an annual Toronto festival with concerts and workshops featuring some of the finest Irish music artists and teachers from around the world and our own great city.


The 2018 event will showcase a stellar line up of musicians from Canada, the United States and Ireland:

Siobhan Peoples, Fiddle

Martin Nolan, Uilleann Pipes & Octave Whistle

Sean Gavin, Flute

Joey Abarta, Uilleann Pipes

Patrick Ourceau, Fiddle
Pat O'Gorman, Whistle

The Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend has had 27 years of success. The namesake of our event, the late Chris Langan, was an impressive mentor, teacher, craftsman and advocate of the Irish arts in Toronto and in Ireland.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Darkness Into Light - Annual Trivia Night - 22 Feb 2018

Come join us for our Trivia Night Fundraiser!!! Spot prizes and a silent auction on the night. Get your team together and brush up on your general knowledge!

Funds raised on the night will go towards our Darkness into Light 2018 event, Pieta House Ireland and the Youth Services Bureau Ottawa.

IN THE HOUSE: Wayward Sound Saturday February 24, 2018, 7pm

The Wayward Sound

is In The House!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Wayward Sound is Doug Crump (guitar, vocals), Michael Jonz (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Olivia Pelling (violin, vocals), 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 UK & Ireland.

Please check out the band's Facebook page:

Or listen to some of their music:
Tickets $20 -- Seating is limited –
All proceeds go directly to The Wayward Sound
To reserve seats, email Graham and Suzanne at
145 Central Park Drive
Light refreshment will be available during intermission (BYOB).

Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Mahones - St Patrick's Tour 2018 - 8 March 2018

I'm more of a Pogues fan, but they aren't touring. Yet, you can still get a bucketful of punk rock music infused with Irish themes, memes, and schemes with The Mahones upcoming gig at House of Targ on 8 March.

This is a big bad group, and I have no doubt they'll pack the place with all the energy and enthusiasm of those looking for a big night out. Finny (Fintan) leads the band, and his mother, Anne, who died tragically in October 2016, was a major influencer, organiser, leader, in the traditional Irish music community of Canada. Indeed, The Mahones lead man, comes from a family steeped in the Irish tradition, even though you might have to read the between the lines.

CD Release Party - Cape Breton Tributes, Ernie Fraser, 3 Feb 2018

Finally, this is the CD Release Party for my first CD of Cape Breton fiddle & guitar tunes - Cape Breton Tributes.

7:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Free Admission, and free parking at the shopping centre on the other side of The Black Irish Pub (15 Selkirk Street, Vanier).

There is a stage and PA system in place. The format will be to have different musicians performing throughout the evening (similar to Dennis Lanctot's CD launch last year).

Hope to see many of you there!
Ernie Fraser

Visit Ernie's webpage HERE.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

5 jours de formation musicale avec Nicolas Pellerin, Stéphane Tellier et plusieurs autres !

Joliette (Québec)- 22 janvier 2018 - La période d'inscription débute le 1er février pour la 11e édition du Camp Violon Trad Québec qui se déroulera du 22 au 27 juillet 2018 à Plein Air Lanaudia à Saint-Côme.

Des artistes qui se sont forgés une solide réputation tels que Nicolas Pellerin et Stéphane Tellier (Les Grands Hurleurs), David Boulanger (De Temps Antan) et plusieurs autres se joindront aux fondateurs André Brunet (Vent du Nord Quintette), Stéphanie Lépine (Lépine//Branchaud) et Éric Beaudry (De temps Antan) pour former la cohorte des enseignants au Camp Violon Trad Québec. Ils vous partagent leur riche bagage musical pendant cinq jours de classes de maîtres où la musique traditionnelle est vigoureuse et où l'histoire et la culture sont bien vivantes.

Amoureux de la musique, venez parfaire votre technique tout en élargissant vos connaissances et votre aisance au violon, à la guitare et au piano. Une programmation diversifiée : concerts, jams, soirée de danse, mi-carême, etc. et une panoplie d'activités plein air telles que rabaska, canot, kayak, tyrolienne, etc. vous attendent pour des vacances uniques et mémorables !

Le camp est accessible aux jeunes et aux familles grâce à sa Bourse qui offre une aide financière aux 18 ans et moins et à son tarif réduit de 30% pour les accompagnateurs. Ne tardez pas à vous inscrire, l'année dernière le camp a affiché complet et en vous inscrivant avant le 30 avril, vous épargnez 40 $! La période d'inscription et de demandes de bourses se poursuit jusqu'au 1er juin. Depuis dix ans, le Camp Violon Trad Québec connait un franc succès et a rassemblé près de 1 400 musiciens. Soyez des nôtres en 2018 !

Informations détaillées et inscriptions sur notre site internet :
Pour plus de renseignements : 514 378-0918/ camp@violontradquebec.com

Monday, 22 January 2018

Concert: The Trousers at LIVE! on Elgin, Sunday 11 February 2018

Join Ottawa's The Trousers at LIVE! on Elgin, Elgin St., Ottawa, Sunday 11 February, at 2PM for a wonderful ride through a grand selection of traditional acoustic Celtic music. Doors open 1:30.


Making a name for themselves as Ottawa’s hottest trad band, The Trousers are a dynamic duo that showcase music from their roots. Seasoned multi-instrumentalists Karson McKeown (right) and Ross Davison (left) are sure to have audiences unable to resist nodding and tapping their toes along to the beat of unique arrangements consisting of traditional Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton tunes.

After forming the band in Jan. 2016, The Trousers are thrilled to have released their first EP, which unites sets influenced by the members’ most influential idols, new music, and, of course, old favourites.

Karson McKeown, who comes from a long line of fiddlers in western Prince Edward Island, began playing the fiddle at age 10 following step dancing for six years. He has a classical background, and studied music at Holland College, where he focused on jazz, blues, rock, and Celtic. McKeown loves incorporating tunes his great, great, aunts and uncles taught him into their performances.

Davison also started applying his love for music at 10 years old when he took up learning to play the saxophone. Davison attended Michigan State University to study classical and jazz. Also, he is one of few people in Ottawa who play the uilleann pipe, which isn’t typically heard live outside of Ireland. He relishes the opportunity to share such a rare instrument with music-lovers at shows.

Kyle Burghout (Facebook / webpage) Having performed across Canada, the USA, Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Hungary, Kyle Burghout has established himself as one of Canada’s best young fiddlers. Kyle and his music have been featured on CBC radio and television, as well as in Irish Music Magazine and The Canadian Fiddler. His many awards include North American Irish Fiddle Champion, runner-up at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship, and two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Fiddle Competition in Sligo, Ireland.  Learn more at Kyle's webpage!

Learn more at THE TROUSERS webpage!
Follow The Trousers  on Facebook!


Concert: The East Pointers, National Arts Centre - Sunday 18 Feb 2018

Sunday, 3PM

There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going.

The reason? The East Pointers - fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy.

And it’s why listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant and hotly anticipated second album What We Leave Behind – produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson – is akin to meeting up with an old friend.

As a follow-up to 2017’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory, (Traditional Roots Album of the Year), What We Leave Behind shares stories previously unheard but framed by a familiar context. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music.

TICKETS HERE (note: ludicrous Ticketmaster fees, likely a lot cheaper if you can hit the box-office, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 9pm)

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Choral Concert: Atlantic Voices presents “Age of Sail” - Sunday 28 Jan. 2018

Atlantic Voices “Age of Sail” concert pays tribute to Canada’s East Coast seafaring heritage

Ottawa, Ontario (January 19, 2018) — Atlantic Voices, a local community choir with a repertoire consisting mainly of Newfoundland, Maritime and Celtic songs and music, today announced its January concert “Age of Sail” themed around the seafaring heritage of Canada’s East Coast and premiering songs by composer Patrick O’Shea.

The “Age of Sail” concert will take place at Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street, on January 28, 2018. The concert pays tribute to the seafaring heritage of Canada’s East Coast with the Atlantic Voices choir singing songs about the joys and hardships of the sailor’s life.

The concert also features the world premiere of a new set of rousing Newfoundland sea songs by composer Patrick O’Shea. Patrick O’Shea is a Professor, Music Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a member of the American Composers Forum, the American Choral Directors Association and the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, among other accomplishments.

Showtime is 3:00 p.m., with pre-show entertainment by The Fumblin' Fingers starting at 2:15 pm. The Fumblin' Fingers are an Ottawa band with Atlantic Voices’ roots that plays traditional music from Canada's East Coast and the UK.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, as long as available.
Advance tickets can be purchased at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street, or by calling 613-722-9240. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

A silent auction and reception with light refreshments follow the concert performance.
Visit for more information.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

"25" card game - Ireland's National Card Game = 21 Jan 2018

Learn how to play, and play (!) Ireland's national card game, "25" ! Supportive friendly group of those wanting to learn or recapture the fun they had in Ireland playing this card game. 

Facebook Group:

See also: 

Ye Banks and Braes: A Concert in Celebration of Robbie Burns - Sunday 28 Jan 208

Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

(If you can't make it this day, there is another concert the day before)

Venue: Mill Road Community Space, 8 chemin Mill, Chelsea, QC

Join Hibernia and special guest Graham Lindsey for an evening of song and music in honour of Scotland's National Bard, Robbie Burns!

Featuring Susan Toman and Ellen MacIsaac (director of the Ottawa Celtic Choir), and Graham Lindsay (just back from Sweden, and any other place you can find on a map)

Where: Mill Road Community Space, Chelsea, QC
When: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20  Eventbrite Tickets

Wide Waters, Hibernia's new CD, will also be available for sale!

Facebook Event:

Concert: Duncan Ross Cameron - Friday 26 Jan 2018

Friday, January 26 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Venue: Log Drive Cafe, Abbortsford House, 950 Bank St Ottawa

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Duncan Cameron creates fresh and detailed folk music. His compositions and adaptations of old songs in both French and English reveal the depth and contrast of emotions in lyrics as well as instrumental music. To that end, his arrangements and compositions draw not only from Celtic roots but also classical music, funk, and other popular styles.

Doors open at 7pm

$10 at the door.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Concert: Aerosmith Robb Trio - 21 Jan 2018


A quick note to wish all our regular concert goers a joyful and peaceful festive season, and a very happy new year. Thanks as always for your support over the past year, and we hope you will continue to enjoy some great Old Sod concerts in the New Year.

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A reminder that our 2017-18 season continues on Sunday Jan 21st with a concert featuring a quite new transatlantic trio: Jess and Richard Arrowsmith from Sheffield England, with Ottawa's own Ian Robb. The trio are getting together on this side of the pond for a deep mid-winter recording session in the Gatineau hills, and are doing a couple of concerts in Ottawa and Toronto to help finance the trip.

Watch the Arrowsmith Robb Trio sing Jess's composition "All the Salt".

Further details and tickets for this concert are available HERE

We hope to see you in January!

The Old Sod Concert Committee:
Catherine Burns
Ed Kingscote
Nev Miller
Ian Robb
Roger Williams

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Concerts: Hibernia Robbie Burns concerts - 27 & 28 January 2018

Robbie Burns is rightly called Scotland's National Bard, for the way he captured the Scots temperament and dialect and because many of his poems and songs continue to be popular across the world. 

Join Ellen MacIsaac, Susan Toman, and special guest Graham Lindsay for an evening of songs and music in tribute to Robbie Burns. Graham joins us on mandolin, flute, whistle, and bodhran.

First concert:
Where: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive, Ottawa
When: Saturday January 27, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 in advance, $24 at the door
Link to purchase tickets in advance: http://

Wide Waters, Hibernia's new CD, will also be available for sale!

Second concert:
If you can't come on January 27th, you have one more chance to hear the program:
Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 rue Mill, Chelsea, QC
When: Sunday January 28, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 (tickets at the door only)

To find out more about us, visit us on the web at

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Andrea Beaton and Eric Wright - 9 Jan 2018

Andrea Beaton and Eric Wright
Are In The House!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Andrea Beaton
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Both the Beaton and MacMaster sides of her family are well known and respected as some of Cape Breton's finest musicians, dancers and composers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.

She has released 6 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and 3 books of her original tunes. She also recorded an album with her family "The Beaton family of Mabou" in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, 'Branches,' won the Canadian East Coast Music Award "Instrumental Recording of the Year!
Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience.

Eric Wright
Picking up the cello at age 7, Eric Wright began his musical career as a classically trained musician. By 13, he was teaching group and private lessons in Vermont, while playing in numerous chamber groups and orchestras. He has received numerous awards, as well as being accepted into the Vermont All-State orchestra, New England orchestra, and winner of the Vermont concerto competition.

While he loved classical music, his father’s background in Irish and Old Time American fiddling was what really drew him in. Growing up, he had always accompanied his dad on cello, guitar, or other instruments, and knew that his love for folk music was too powerful to ignore.

From there, Eric moved to Boston and attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied folk styles with Eugene Friesen, Mark Simos, Natalie Haas, and John McGann. Eric joined forces with the multi-award winning group, The Fretless, a contemporary traditional fusion group, and has been touring all over Canada, the US, and Europe ever since.

Tickets $20 -- Seating is limited –
All proceeds go directly to Andrea and Eric
To reserve seats, email Graham at gcrate @ rogers . com
Light refreshment will be available during intermission (BYOB).

Monday, 18 December 2017

Brigid's Well Pub - Monthly Session (Seisiún) Friday 22nd December 2017

Want to unwind just before the big day of Christmas? After work? Head down to Brigid's Well Pub for the last monthly Irish traditional music session of 2017. Located at the edge of the market, it's your best Friday afternoon and evening getaway for a pint or glass of fine Irish whiskey (and they have a grand selection).

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Celtic Christmas Concert - Kitchissippi United Church - 15 Dec 2017

Join Ellen MacIsaac (voice), Susan Toman (Celtic harp), and special guest Ross Davison (pipes/whistle/bodhran) for an evening of dreamy Celtic music for Christmas!

Friday December 15, 7:30pm (till about 9pm)
Kitchisippi United Church (630 Island Park Drive) - plenty of free parking
Tickets: $20 at the door

Two new CDs will also be available for purchase ($20/ea):

Hibernia's album "Wide Waters" (traditional. Irish & Scottish)
Susan Toman's harp album "Angels on High" (Christmas)

For more information:, 613-552-3964

Please help us to spread the word by sending this invite to a friend

The Hibernia website is:

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Slow Session with Ottawa Irish Arts - 17 Dec 2017

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Four tunes have been added to the (previously published) slow session list. The list will not expand beyond further, this year.

Egan’s polka/Maggie in the Woods
Milltown/Kesh Jig
Tenpenny Bit
Off She Goes

Play Ireland's Card game "25" - 17 Dec 2017

OCKP and Hibernia Music (Ellen MacIsaac & Susan Toman) - 17 Dec 2017

December's Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Party (OCKP) is going to be a fun event! We're quite pleased to announce that Hibernia Music will be joining us! Hibernia is a duo of Celtic voice (Ellen MacIsaac) and harp (Susan Toman), specializing in the repertoire of Ireland and Scotland, in Gaelic and in English. And - they have just released their first CD - Wide Waters! If you love gaelic songs and all things Celtic harp, this will be an afternoon you shouldn't miss!!

Ernie Fraser (fiddle, guitar), Marietta Fraser (piano, guitar), and Diane Fraser (bodhran) will start the afternoon off at 1:30 pm with Cape Breton fiddling, celtic guitar and piano accompaniment. Ellen and Susan will take over and entertain from 2 - 2:45 pm. The afternoon will wrap up with all of us playing a few tunes together; Celtic harp is new for us, so this will be interesting! Come on down to Kat & Kraken (formerly Woody's Pub) for a cold one or two, some lively tunes, and some lovely, warm Celtic songs and harp music. Make sure to bring your friends and family, too!

Sunday, December 17 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Kat & Kraken, 330 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ottawa

Monday, 20 November 2017

Ottawa Gaels Awards Banquet - 25 Nov 2017

The Ottawa Gaels (the GAA affiliate in Ottawa) are having the Annual Awards Banquet this weekend, Saturday November 25th, 2017, at The Heart & Crown in the Byward Market.

There are still some tickets available online, so please take a look and consider joining us for dinner, pints, laughs, some hilarious photos & videos, and all of the awards presentations.

Tickets can be purchased by following this registration link:

Cocktails at 6 PM 
Dinner at 7 PM

Tickets Cost: $50

Vanessa McLean
Chairperson, Ottawa Gaels GAA

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Ireland's National Card Game, "25", play in Ottawa!

Bit late posting this, with apologies, but you too can play, or learn to play the Irish card game "25". The games are currently held once a month, 3rd Sunday, at Brigid's Well Pub, a pub that is quickly becoming synonymous with all authentic things and events that are Irish in Ottawa.

The 25 Game days are organised by Austin Comerton, of Irish Radio Canada. Keep abreast of the schedule, or changes to, by visiting Irish Radio Canada's Event page. Another key resource for Irish events in Ottawa.

"The Gaelic Hour," formerly a fixture on Ottawa's multilingual community CHIN Radio, and hosted by Austin Comerton, has now gone global with a 24/7 livestream of music and a variety of interesting shows to please many tastes. So please give it a listen!

"Noel Nouvelet" - a Christmas concert by The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble: 25 Nov 2017 (Pakenham)

The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Mary Muckle is giving a Christmas concert, entitled "Noel Nouvelet" on Saturday, Nov. 25, 3.00 PM at St. Andrew's United Church, Pakenham.

Admission is by donation.

Their guest soloist is soprano Marilyn Jenkins. Come and enjoy a seasonal concert and drop in on Pakenham's Christmas craft fair, taking place Nov. 25. Festivities include the craft fair, meeting Santa and Christmas carolers and the Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble at St. Andrew's.

Ottawa Celtic Choir upcoming Christmas concerts - December 2017

Speed thyself to the Ottawa Celtic Choir Facebook page, and get excited for the two terrific concerts they have on offer for this Christmas season.

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The Ottawa Celtic Choir should be on your annual Christmas concert circuit. Their repertoire will include melodies you know, some you don't, and sometimes the original melody of songs that over the centuries have been modernised. The choir sings songs from the seven Celtic nations, as well as from strongly Celtic-influenced areas (such as the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario, etc.). We sing in the six Celtic languages as well as English, French, and Galician-dialect Spanish.

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A more unique choral experience will not be found than hearing this choir, now a mainstay in the Ottawa Celtic scene.

Visit their webpage as well. Ottawa Celtic Choir

See you out!

Cape Cod Ceili Weekend XV - Jan 2018

For those needing an excuse to travel for some Irish dancing in late January . . .

We are pleased to announce that that dates for the 2018 Cape Cod Ceili Weekend are confirmed: January 26-28.

Venue will be the Cape Cod Irish Village, host band will be the Northeast Ceili Band, and dancing activities will be in the capable hands of Barry and Pat Callahan (

Copy of the flyer (including the weekend schedule) is at

Many thanks for passing this info to your members!

Bill Black
Northeast Ceili Band

Film: In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America - 26 Nov 2017

Dir. Maurice Fitzpatrick
Ireland, 2017, 90 minutes

National Gallery of Canada, Sunday, November 26, 2017, 4:45 pm

Irish politician and civil rights leader John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish American diaspora, it was possible to achieve peace in Northern Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson, In The Name Of Peace is a compelling feature documentary about ending "the Troubles", with dramatic footage from the conflict and stirring accounts by Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Bono, and many others. A stirring tale of how one man with courage and charisma who found inspiration in Martin Luther King Jr. mobilized Irish Americans and America to bring an end to years of bloody violence. It is also serves as a useful reminder of the redemptive powers of politics to overcome hatred and division. 

Ottawa Irish Arts Slow Session tune list

Ottawa Irish Arts hosts a monthly Irish music slow session at the St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, in Brigid's Well Pub.

The following is an updated list of tunes which we will be playing at the St. Brigid’s Irish music SLOW session at Brigid's Well Pub, Cumberland St (corner with Murray). The next dates are: DEC 17, JAN 14, FEB 11, March TBD (because March is just mad with stuff going on).

The Dawning of the Day -march (YouTube link)
The Minstrel Boy - march (YouTube link, melody)
Out On The Ocean - jig (YouTube link)
Cliffs of Moher - jig (YouTube link)
Rolling in the Rye Grass - reel (YouTube link)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley - reel (YT link, starts slow and speeds up)
Off to California - hornpipe (YouTube link)
The Boys of Bluehill - hornpipe (YouTube link)
The Blackthorn Stick - jig (YouTube Link)
Banish Misfortune - jig (YouTube link)

The slow session will be held from 2 pm until 3pm and followed by a regular session from 3 pm until 5pm.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Concert of Irish music featuring Gerry O'Connor of the Irish Rovers, on fiddle - Tues 14 Nov 207

The Newpoint Players will be holding a concert of traditional Irish music on Tuesday November 14th, 2017 @ 7pm at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts!

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Joining them will be Gerry O'Connor of the Irish Rovers, on fiddle. Come on down after work so you can sit back and enjoy a great evening of music, friends, and a cold pint.

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested donation.

Theatre: The Trial of the Orange Order, Wed 15 Nov 2017, Saint Brigid's Centre

Limelight Theatre Group is delighted to announce that The Newpoint Players will be back in Ottawa for their latest production: The Trial of the Orange Order, by Anthony Russell.

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The Newry-based drama group will be touring in Canada this November and will be bringing their production to Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts on Wednesday November 15th, 2017.

This is an interactive play, featuring the Newpoint Players from Ireland and local actors from some of our Ottawa/Irish community partners!

Tickets are $20 and are available online via the Eventbrite link below, or by emailing:

Eventbrite HERE

Flute & Harp duo CD release concert - 18 Nov 2017

Sheila and Lucile are celebrating their shared love of Christmas with this collection of original arrangements of traditional melodies such as The Cherry Tree Carol, Gloucester Wassail, I Wonder as I Wander, and Noël nouvelet.

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Lucile and I invite you to like us on Facebook — and help spread the word about our upcoming concert on November 18th at 7:30, at St. Luke's Church in Ottawa.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

New Sessions at Brigid's Well Pub, Ottawa!

Ottawa Irish Arts is starting a new Slow Session from 2-3 PM on Sunday Nov 12 at Brigid's Well Pub. From 3-5 PM. The slow session provides an opportunity for participants to learn how to play Irish Traditional Music in a group setting (and all that entails) at a slower pace, in a learning environment. 

Starting out, the session will generally occur on the 2nd Sunday of the month (10th or 17th December, January 14th, Feb. 11th, March 11th, April 15th, May 13th).

For the Slow Session from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm the tune selection will include:
Rolling in the Rye Grass, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Off to California, The Boys of Bluehill, The Blackthorn Stick and Banish misfortune. 

The slow session is followed by a Regular session. All musicians are welcome.

Each session will be lead by Frank Cassidy, well known in the Ottawa region for his decades of playing, arranging and recording of Irish Traditional Music. Most recently as a founding member of the D'Arcy McGee Band. Frank plays tune whistle, banjo and flute.

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Ottawa Irish Arts is the local branch of the international organisation Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE), which is dedicated to the preservation of the Irish traditional arts, primarily music, dance, and language. As such these sessions will stay focussed on session tunes that are considered common in the Irish repertoire. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

November CB Session Events with Dara Smith-MacDonald and Adam Young

Cape Breton artists bring the sounds of the east coast, and a new album to Ottawa.

A little bit of Cape Breton's famous Celtic Colours International festival can be found in Ottawa over the Nov. 10-12 weekend as fiddler Dara Smith-MacDonald and Adam Young bring their music and their newly released album, The Lake Sessions, to the area.

Ottawa is home to a large community of Nova Scotians, and other Maritimers who work hard to preserve their original Scottish/Irish culture and traditions, and share them with the local community at regular biweekly events as well as special concert and dance events. This weekend celebration will have something for everyone, whether you like it loud and lively, quiet and intimate, or educational.

The Cape Breton square dance is the mainstay of summer fun on the east coast, Dara and Adam will recreate that at the Montgomery Legion Hall on Friday Nov. 10. Cape Breton square sets aren't actually square and they're not complicated. As long as you know your right hand from your left and can count as high as four you'll have a grand time, and there's always someone willing to help you stay on course.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for adults, kids/youth $10 anytime. 

For those who prefer a quieter listening atmosphere Dara and Adam will perform at two house concerts, in Kanata and east central Ottawa. Dara and Adam are both sought after instructors in the Gaelic arts and will also be teaching fiddle, piano and dance workshops at various skill levels over the weekend.

More information about the events, and online ticket purchase is available at or

The Lake Sessions is Dara's second release following the success of her debut album Connections in 2011. For this recording she teamed up with local Cape Breton piano and entertainment veteran Adam Young and PEI sound engineer and musician Brent Chaisson. The result is a nice cross-section of old and new tunes and styles, with an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary composers. This includes tunes from both Dara and Adam, mixed generously with writers such as Kinnon and Andrea Beaton, Paul Cranford, Dan Hughie MacEachern, Ewen Henderson, Wendy MacIsaac and Glenn Graham.

Dara Smith-MacDonald, born and raised in Antigonish, has been playing the fiddle for more than 20 years and now resides in Port Hawkesbury. With deep family roots in Inverness, she very quickly began to develop a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the USA. Dara can often be found on stage with Adam Young, a sought after piano player from Marion Bridge. Dara and Adam released their first CD together, The Lake Sessions, in June.

Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from the tiny community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music, and a certain joy is evident on his face. Adam created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse's popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen more than 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States.

25 - Ireland's National Card Game, resumes 19 Nov 2017

Following some consultation, the 3rd Sunday seems to be the preferred day for 25.

After the initial get together this may extend to the 1st and 3rd Sunday.

So far the planned dates are:
NOV 18
DEC  17
JAN  7
JAN 21

- Austin Comerton

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017 - Ottawa - Celtic Jams - 18-19 Nov

This year the Canadian Folk Music Awards are being held in Ottawa. Details and schedule are available here:

For the Celtic-inclined, there are two music jams on the weekend:
12-3pm Celtic Jam Session Deacon Brodie’s Pub (247 Elgin St.)
1-4pm Celtic Jam Session Patty’s Pub (1186 Bank St.)

Go have a listen. Expect experienced musicians, I'd venture to guess.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Sons of Scotland present "Scotland Tonight" - 18 November 2017

An afternoon of Scottish excellence featuring the pipes, drums, song and dance in a showcase of local Celtic talent. With something for everyone, Scotland Tonight is a wonderful way to enjoy the Celtic arts in a grand variety show!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

CD Launch for performers Susan Toman and Hibernia - 4 November 2017, Nepean

Dear friends,

The first is a Christmas CD for Celtic harp. I made all of the arrangements on the album; it features lots of traditional Christmas carols, and a few jigs for fun! A few of the carols work really well as lullabies for babies - inspired by my youngest of course, now just 1yr old. The album's called "Angels on High."

The 2nd CD is by my group Hibernia. Ellen MacIsaac joins me (singing) on this album entitled "Wide Waters." It's an album of traditional Irish and Scottish songs that tell great stories! Some are more melancholy, while others are spirited and catchy. Two fabulous guest artists join us on this our debut album: Ross Davison (whistles & uilleann pipes), and Ken Harper (bodhran). (sample clip)

The official joint CD launch for these albums will be on Saturday November 4th at 7:30pm. Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre (35 Stafford Rd), in the Rehearsal Studio in Bldg.5. There is lots of free parking.

Admission to the event is $15, payable at the door. CDs will be $20/each, or 2 for $35. Light refreshments will be served, as we celebrate the release of these albums!

Thanks, and please do tell your friends.
All best,


p.s. For anyone who would like a CD or two but can't come to the launch, please let me know and I'll find a way to get it to you!

Trial of the Orange Order presented by The Newpoint Players and Limelight Theatre Group - 14-15 Nov 2017

The Newpoint Players drama group from Newry, Ireland will be back in Ottawa for a concert and play in November.  They will be presenting their 2017 production of The Trial of the Orange Order  by Anthony Russell.  

The group will be in Ottawa on Tuesday November 14th for a concert of traditional Irish music, and will be showcasing the play on Wednesday November 15th. Both concert and play will be held at St Brigid's.

Tickets are available via the following methods:

2. At the doors on the night of the play ( limited amount of tickets will be available, based on online sales).

3. For pickup, by emailing Limelight directly at

Vanessa McLean, Pat Kelly, Damien Fannon, and Kay O'Hegarty will have hard tickets available for sale as well, and we will be making the rounds at many of the Ottawa-Irish events in the next few weeks.

Detailed information about the concert and play are below.

Concert of Traditional Irish Music - Newpoint Players, Gerry O'Connor of the Irish rovers and  local Ottawa musicians

When: Tuesday November 14th, 2017  7pm
Where: St Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can / Donation

The Trial of the Orange Order - a play by Anthony Russel with the  Newpoint Players

When: Wednesday November 15th, 2017
Where: St Brigid's Centre for the Arts    Doors: 6pm    Show: 7pm
Cost: $20

Newpoint Players and Limelight Theatre Ottawa present:The Trial of the Orange Order before the Court of History, by Anthony Russell.

This play is an exciting two act historical and political fantasy; a drama that as objectively as possible seeks to examine the role of the Orange Order in the formation of modern Ireland as well as The Canadian Confederation. 

The premise is that James Craig (1871 – 1940), the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, is called from beyond the grave to answer the charge, that in rejecting Home Rule, the Orange Order committed treason against Ireland and Britain!

A creative twist: The audience is the jury! This is one of the most fascinating aspects of the play:  At the end of the trial, members of the audience participate in an unscripted jury room discussion and then cast their vote on the guilt or innocence of the accused.

Join us at St Brigid's Centre for the Arts for a brilliant evening of  political and historical drama!

Upcoming concerts at National Arts Centre

10 Strings and a Goatskin, from Prince Edward Island, 25 Nov., at the Fourth Stage:


The Next Generation Leahy Christmas Concert, 18-19 December, Azrieli Studio:

St Andrew's Dinner and Dance - 25 Nov 2017

There will be a St Andrews dinner/dance at St Patrick's Church, Kent St, on Sat Nov 25, 5:30 p.m.
tickets  from 

Brian Armstrong

Monday, 9 October 2017

Concert: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Duo - Thursday 26 October 2017 (7:30 PM)

A must-not-miss concert!

This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year (Gradam Cheoil TG4), has presented its unique musical vision in twenty-two countries on five continents to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne - a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions - and what The West Australian calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit”! 

Máire Ní Chathasaigh

“Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” THE IRISH TIMES

“Blazing guitar and dancing harp” DIRTY LINEN (USA)  

”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility”  SONGLINES

“Remarquables de virtuosité et de grâce” TRAD Magazine (France)
"Máire is the greatest Celtic harpist of our age" Live Ireland

"The most interesting & original player of our Irish harp today" Derek Bell (harper of The Chieftans)

Máire is “the doyenne of Irish harp players” (Scotland on Sunday) and one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians: she was described by the late Derek Bell as “the most interesting and original player of the Irish harp today”. As a teenager in the 1970s she invented a whole new style of harping that quickly became the norm amongst both her contemporaries and the younger generation of Irish players. In 2001 she received Irish music’s most prestigious award, that of Traditional Musician of the Year – Gradam Cheoil TG4 – “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers”. A busy international touring schedule has brought her to twenty-two countries on five continents. 

Chris Newman

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling”
“Dazzling virtuosity”
“Chris is amazing... one of our greatest musicians”
Chris is a “brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar” (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH), a “dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA) whose work is “nothing short of brilliant” (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. A prolific composer, arranger and record producer, he’s played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Kathryn Tickell, Danny Thompson), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli, Diz Disley and Danny Thompson again) and comedy (Fred Wedlock, the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra) – receiving a silver disc for producing Fred’s international hit The Oldest Swinger in Town, to which he also composed the tune and which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries.

Reviews of live performances

For more information and how to obtain tickets, please click the link to Saint Brigid's Centre:

Ottawa Irish Arts, Ceili (social dance) - 14 October 2017

The Ottawa Irish Arts October ceili (social dance) is Saturday 14 October in the church hall of Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Ave (at Percy St.), in the Glebe. Start at 7PM.

Kids 12 and under are free, and students are $5 admission. Non-members $15. Expect wonderful live Irish music from the award winning ceili band, a cash bar, laughs and giggles as you make your way through the dance steps, Irish food, tea and snacks, 50/50 draw, and entertainment!

All abilities welcome. no experience is necessary. You will be guided through the dance steps by their excellent dance callers.

If you are keen, they ask that you try out your Halloween costume out!

More information at

Concert: Soulwood, 14 Oct 2017

Old Sod presents 3 great Quebec-based singers and multi instrumentalists in Soulwood, on Oct 14th.  

Soulwood individually Daniel Haché, Alex Kehler and Willy LeMaistre, present a remarkable mixture of songs and tunes from Louisiana to Acadia to Scandinavia and many points between, on a variety of acoustic instruments. 

When: Saturday, October 14, 8pm (doors 7:30)
Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave., Ottawa
Tickets: $20 advance, $23 at door (under 16 $10)

Tickets and info at

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Aerialists launch CD in Ottawa - 3 Oct 2017

Instrumental prog-trad band Aerialists have released their first full-length album Group Manoeuvre (September 19th) on BC indie label Fiddlehead Records.  They are playing in Ottawa on October 3rd at Bar Robo (Somerset west, Chinatown).

You can Listen Here:
Group Manoeuvre

Tracks 3 and 9 feature guest vocals from Emily Millard.

Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad.

Featuring guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies), and fiddler Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter), the quintet draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.

Videos: live in studio at Berklee live on a Mayne Island clifftop

Old Sod Concert: UK artists Rosie Hood & Ollie King Sep 30th

The Old Sod Society Concert Series News                                 

September 2017

A quick reminder that our 2017-18 season starts on September 30th, with a concert by two brilliant young English folk artists, singer guitarist Rosie Hood and melodeon whiz, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ollie King. We hope you can make it to what should be a great night at the Rosemount Hall.

Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave Google map link
When: Saturday Sep 30th, 8pm (doors 7:30)
Admission: $23 advance/$25 at door (HST incl)
Tickets and info:

Rosie Hood

A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

"I have tried to depict the beautiful and the actual", wrote Alfred Williams in 1923 in the introduction to his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames. Williams not only provided the title for Rosie's debut solo album but also the starting point for Rosie's research into Wiltshire song. Williams did not collect melodies which further inspired Rosie to write her own tunes and, more recently, whole new songs that balance perfectly with the old material to make up The Beautiful and The Actual.

"She has a magical voice, an awareness of her roots, a sense of fun on stage, and of course, makes the most marvellous music" Radio 2

Ollie King

Firmly rooted in the English tradition, Ollie King's playing explores the emotive side of the melodeon which he showcases expertly through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon.

On his most recent solo album, as well as melodeon and voice, Ollie contributes electric guitar, piano, and duet concertina to further expand the sonic pallet and help to explore the nature of the folk process - how the music morphs and changes as it passes from person to person - and how this process affects other music.

Described by Andy Cutting as "one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England", Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox and continues to augment that Instrument's settings.

"For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to." – fRoots Magazine

Listen to/watch Rosie at:

Listen to/watch Ollie at:

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Ottawa Celtic Choir wants YOU !

Do you like Celtic music? Always liked singing in choir, or always wanted to sing in one? The Ottawa Celtic Choir is always happy to welcome new members.

In particular, the choir is looking for tenors and basses, but all are welcome regardless of which part you sing!

Join us for our first rehearsal on September 5th at 7:15 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church on the corner of Elgin and Somerset.

Contact Ellen MacIsaac at ellen @ for more details (and other rehearsal opportunities).

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Daniel O'Donnell in Concert - Montreal 21 September 2017

See Daniel O’Donnell, on his return to Canada to support the Back Home Again album tour in September.  The tour will see the record breaking singer blaze a trail to 10 provinces across Canada.

The nearest show to Ottawa is Montreal,  on Thursday 21 September at the beautiful and famous Saint Denis Theatre, on rue St. Denis.


YOU can win two tickets for the Montreal show from Irish Music Ottawa and Strut Entertainment!

The winners will be selected on September 4 by random draw (each entry will have  ticket assigned here at I.M.O. world headquarters). The contest is for 2 tickets only and does not include any travel or accommodations (Retail value for each ticket is about $100). Duplicate entries ignored.

NOTE: please enter the contest only if you genuinely plan to attend the concert in Montreal.

How to enter: Check the Irish Music Ottawa webpage and the Irish Music Ottawa Facebook Group for details on how to enter. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

The Story so Far...

Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA & Canada back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded a further thirteen specials, with ‘Back Home Again’ being his fourteenth one in 2016. This fantastic selection of songs is presented on this 2 CD / 37-track DVD set recorded and filmed in Ireland, on this new US TV Special.

The Irish singer made record-breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30-year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds U2.  Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart.

Listen to Daniel’s new album Back Home Again (Soundcloud)

For complete tour dates and ticket information, please visit
(Link for direct ticket purchase

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