Thursday, 10 January 2008

Legendary Uilleann Piper Paddy Keenan in Ottawa - March 7

Yes, it's true! Paddy Keenan, of Bothy Band fame, and now on a flourishing solo career, will play with guitarist John Walsh, on March 7 at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue. There plenty of FREE parking, too). The doors open at 7:15, and the music begins at 8PM. Paddy and John will play two sets, and cds will be available at the concert for purchase. This is a non-profit concert which I am personally fronting. If it does well, the money will be used to seed another traditional gig in the future. If it does poorly, I lose money, no more gigs from me! So, please spread the word! There will also be a workshop with Paddy the next day, 8 March, at Rasputin's Folk Cafe, with concentration on the whistle and low whistle. This mainly because there are virtually no pipers in Ottawa, not enough to support a workshop. However, if sufficient interest is expressed, it could happen, so let me know. A guitar workshop can be arranged if there is sufficient interest as well. I would like to thank my media sponsors for offering 'ad time' on their very good radio shows. These sponsors are: The Gaelic Hour with Austin Comerton, Mon-Tues, 10-11 PM, CHIN 97.9 FM, and Music From the Glen, Sunday, 11:30AM-1PM, CKCU 93.1 FM. Please tune in and support their shows to bring Irish/Celtic culture to the local airwaves. This is going to be THE traditional music concert for the run up to St. Patrick's Day 2008, in a great concert space. Support the gig and traditional musicians. See you (and your friends!) there on March 7! Cheers, Craig Hamm, Promoter

Patrick Ourceau and Debbie Quigley - Kingston - January 25-27

(submitted by Bob MacDiarmid) There will be a House Concert - Saturday, January 26. 8:00 p.m, as part of the Fiddle/Pipes immersion weekend - Jan. 25 - 27. Location is: 202 Main Street, Barriefield. Tickets will be available at the Céilí, Sessions, and Siamsa, or just send an e-mail to hold your spot. House Concert - $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45, with 20 seats taken by the workshop musicians) and our house concerts have always sold out. Immersion Weekend - $125 (student rates available) / free billeting can be arranged for out of town students. Send an e-mail to to book your spot for the concert or workshop. Patrick Ourceau is a virtuoso on the fiddle, an avid student of the old masters, and a particular specialist in the style and repertoire of Clare and East Galway, Debbie Quigley is now one of the best and most respected pipers in all of North America. More bios located here.