Monday, 17 October 2011

Andy Hillhouse to accompany Paddy Keenan - Nov 26

Well folks, it's finally official, the accompaniment for the Irish Music Ottawa Paddy Keenan concert, 26 Nov, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, will be Andy Hillhouse!  Andy did a stellar job playing with Pierre Schryer in Ottawa in 2009. His talents on vocal and guitar playing were a definite crowd pleaser for which I received many positive comments afterwards.  Andy has an amazing breadth of musical knowledge. What a perfect fit for playing with Paddy Keenan. I invite you to visit Andy's Myspace page.

Here are some highlights from Andy's Myspace page:

...from touring Mexico playing Mariachi music, to performing on main stages at major folk festivals, to singing as a soloist in European cathedrals. He is the founder of the popular Canadian celtic funk band Mad Pudding, played with the innovative fiddler Jaime RT (their latest duo CD "Spark" nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award), and provided the driving rhythm guitar behind The McDades (whose latest CD "Bloom", on which he played, has won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Juno Award for Best Folk/Traditional Group) from 2005-2007. Andy was a member of the Juno-nominated vocal collective Musica Intima from 1994-2005, is former director of the Universal Gospel Choir (1993-1999), and has directed the Youth & Concert choirs at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach. Andy has taught workshops on Celtic guitar for the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Sunshine Coast Summer School of Celtic Music, and the Saltspring Fiddle Camp. He has been on the faculty of Vancouver Community College. He currently plays regularly with Pierre Schryer, one of Canada's finest fiddlers.

Andy plays tenor banjo and the cavaquinho and is currently studying Brazilian percussion with Alan Hetherington as part of the Toronto Escola de Samba. He takes fiddle lessons from Patrick Orceau.
Wow! The king of the pipers, Paddy Keenan, and Andy Hillhouse, this is a serious gig!!

(tickets on sale soon)

Media partner: The Gaelic Hour, with Austin Comerton.

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