Monday, 31 August 2009

Matt Pepin - Irish Fiddle - Fall Registration

It’s that time of year again folks, time to wipe the dust off the strings, rosin the bow and get down to it! Fall registration will begin Sept. 1 for those interested in starting the Fiddle, honing some skills or looking to bolster repertoire. Lessons are offered at O.V.S.T.M located in the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge Street Almonte. Lessons are recommended to be 1 hour, but can be 30 minutes for those whose schedules can’t accommodate the full hour. Please contact Matt Pepin by phone at 613-265-7336. Keep your bow on the strings and we’ll see you in the Fall!

Ottawa Celtic Choir

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is beginning its new season this September, and is looking for singers. We are a non-auditioned community choir, whose mandate it is to sing the songs of the Celtic nations and the Celtic diaspora. We sing in English and in the six Celtic languages. If you are interested in singing with an enthusiastic and talented group of singers, please contact Ellen MacIsaac at ellen at laughingbrook dot ca for more information.

Our upcoming concerts:
December 4th, with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra, location TBD;
December 11th, with Dominic Darcy, Robin Cargill and Mary Comerton, at the Library and Archives of Canada; and
March 12, at the Library and Archives of Canada.

Also, some more news you might be interested in knowing about:
St. Bridgid's is having a Fall Celtic Festival on September 20th in the church parking lot. There'll be music and dancing, from what I hear.

Also (and this might be a bit of a scoop), word is that Ottawa U. is set to launch a minor in Celtic Studies this year, the first degree of its kind at Ottawa U. There's to be an official launch on October 1st, with musicians and cultural representatives from the various Celtic communities in the Ottawa area. Should be good!

Thanks a million,
Ellen MacIsaac (Ottawa Celtic Choir Director)
Call 613-552-3964

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Irish Set Dancing Classes

Sheila Scott recently sent this call out for students. These dance classes will prepare you for dancing at an Irish ceili with a large group of people. These are not dance lessons for solo Irish dancing.
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Some of you have been in touch with me wondering when classes will start up this fall. Here is the info:
DATES: Sept. 16 to Dec 16 7:00 - 9:00PM
7:00 - 7:30: introduction to steps for beginners
7:30 - 9:00 dance class (all levels)
LOCATION: Marconi Center, 1026 Baseline Rd, Ottawa.
FEES MEMBERS: session rate $84.00 ; weekly rate: $7.00/night.
FEES NON-MEMBERS: session rate $112.00; weekly rate $9.00/night.
For those of you who are not members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann (the organization which sponsors these classes) and are interested in becoming members, please contact Sean at 613-824-0284.
If you want to know what Comhaltas is, click here for a link to the local chapter. Feel free to bring a friend along. No dance experience required, no partner required. Registration will take place on the first night of classes, Wednesday September 16th. If you have any questions, please contact me at 613-562-5800 ext. 3884.