Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Almonte Celtfest Fundraiser and Good time - Curling Bonspiel - Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Almonte Celtfest Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser bonspiel on January 14 to support the Almonte Celtfest. This is a fun curling event that is limited to 16 teams. The cost is $80 / team or $20 per player. If you do not have a team, let us know and we can slot you into a team.

The location is the Almonte Curling Rink. It starts at 10:30 am and ends about 6:00pm. Each team is guaranteed 3 games. All skill level are welcome! The event will also include Celtic entertainment, so if you are musician, bring your instrument(s).

Registration forms can be picked up at Baker Bob's or downloaded off the Celtfest webpage - or they can send me an e-mail and I will forward it to them. (

All registration forms can be submitted to or dropped off at Baker Bob's in Almonte.

There will some prizes and for sure, a chilli lunch. The curling lounge bar will be open.

Spots will be limited! It was hugely popular last time. Many of the teams last year, wore incredible costumes and other fun team paraphernalia. You may want to do the same this year. You will want to put January 14, 2012 in your calendar of necessary things to do.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Stairwell Carollers - Great blog for Christmas in Ottawa

Of course, it's a great blog at all times of the year, but particularly now as we approach Christmas it should be on your blog reading list.

Here is some key information to whet your appetite, before you go and devour their blog with your reading senses:

The Stairwell Carollers are a charitable a cappella Ottawa choir, who sing sacred and secular renaissance music, as well as settings of traditional and contemporary Christmas carols.
Winner of the 2010 OMFA provincial competition, this non-profit group has raised over $40,000 for local Ottawa/Gatineau charities,through the sale of concert tickets, CDs and cookbooks.
Recently winning 2nd place in the National Music Festival 2010, they are now ranked amongst the best of Canada's choirs.
Written by Holly Massie, one of the founding members, this Blog trains a magnifying glass on the 35 year life of our charitable choir, The Stairwell Carollers.
Occasional posts will be on related topics and local events, but most content is original -- focused on the Stairwell Carollers genesis and continuity.
It is a lovely looking blog with all sorts of videos, and information on their cds.

You can also follow them on Twitter: @StairwellChoir

or RSS feed, or Podcast....!

Irish Music Awards - Voting will close on January 12th

Dia daoibh. For those of you who are members of the Irish Music Association, here is a notice of voting for the Irish Music Awards.
-Chris G.

Irish Music Awards voting is open until January 12th.

Voting for the 2011 Irish Music Awards will be open until January 12th. If you have still not placed your vote please go to: and login with your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password you can recover it at:

Public voting is at:

Full Member voting is at:

Remember that Full Member votes are weighted. If you have not yet joined the Irish Music Association click here.

If you need any help please feel free to contact us at

Irish Music Awards 519 Brookside Independence, MO 64053
Copyright (C) 2011 Irish Music Awards All rights reserved.

Ottawa Celtic Choir - A Tribute To The Extraordinary Women Of The Celtic World

Saturday 28th January, 2012
Saint Brigid's Eve

An Evening Of Music And Song - Music And Songs In Irish, Scots, Welsh And Manx

The Ottawa Celtic Choir under the direction of Ellen MacIsaac.
Mary Muckle Voice & Harp.
Kirsten Carlson, Flute And The Welsh Penillion Singers, Cantorion Cerdd Dant.
Also Featuring Musical Group, Daughters Of Brien.

TIME: 7:30 p.m - CASH BAR

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Call (613) 244-7373 or (613) 222-0710

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Meet the Master - Paddy Keenan Whistle and Piping Workshop

Irish Music Ottawa offers an opportunity for musicians of ALL levels of proficiency on the Irish tin whistle, including low whistles, and/or uilleann pipes, to meet and learn from Paddy Keenan. 

I've heard that you should never meet your heros, as you'll only be disappointed. Come meet Paddy Keenan in person and find out why that doesn't apply to him. You will not be disappointed!

This workshop is offered on the day after the Paddy Keenan concert (26 Nov) at the organiser's house (Nepean, 27 Nov). Based on the workshop Paddy gave in 2008, the atmosphere is very relaxed and it was a lot of fun. The people at the last workshop really enjoyed themselves as Paddy is tremendously supportive and respectful of musicians at ALL levels. He is simply one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet. He will work with you at your level.

The cost for the workshop is $30 for 2-3 hrs (we're casual!) with Paddy Keenan, his and your instruments! Limited to FIRST TEN registrants. Target start time is 2pm. Location details etc will be confirmed with registrants in advance.  Your registration includes light refreshments and a memorable experience with the living legend!

Registration: Via, or by cash at the concert. 
Cash payment on the same day of the workshop has to be arranged in advance.
Questions? Email

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

CCE Ottawa Branch Céilí this Saturday, November 19th

Dia daoibh.

This is just a reminder that there is a céilí this Saturday, November 19th at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 194 Fourth Ave., Ottawa.

Members - $10
Guests - $12
Students - $5 (with student card)
Children under 12 - free
Family rates

Music by the Ottawa Céilí Band
Entertainment provided by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Demonstration Team, under the direction of Phyllis MacCulloch

Start your Christmas shopping early with Blakey Designs, who will have a booth set up at the céilí.

Don't forget to bring along your donations of warm outer winter wear, mitts, gloves, hats, scarves and socks too for our annual Toques and Toes drive, which will be distributed to the area's needy.  These items must be new.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Cape Cod Ceili Weekend IX

For those that have a little more spare time, and don't mind the drive...

Cape Cod Ceili Weekend #9 will be held from January 27-29 at the Cape Cod Irish Village. Guest musician with the Northeast Ceili Band will be accordion virtuoso John Whelan.

The home page for the event is There's a flyer at

Each year we get dancers from further and further afield. Everybody's welcome - we think it's well worth the trip!

Please let your members and friends know about this and get back to me if there are any questions (note that questions regarding the accommodations should go directly to the Irish Village).

Bill Black

Mòd Canada - 20 Nov 2011, Stittsville

Mòd Canada 2010 - A premier music event in the National Capital Region Hello fellow pipers, whistlers, fiddlers, harpists, highland dancers, and Gaelic supporters.

As you may be aware, Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa's annual Mòd Canada competition is coming up quickly. I will include specific details about the event and some links for your to look at.

What is Mòd Canada:
A very special day of activity packed full of talent and special performances.

* Scottish Gaelic speaking, singing, poetry, story telling and drama competitions.
* Instrumental playing: Small pipes, Celtic whistle, Harp and Bagpipe practice chanter.
* Highlang dancing, group and solo.
* Celtic Art.
* And special performances by world class performers.

Events include: A multitude of Gaelic speaking and singing competitions, Gaelic art, Highland Dancing, and Instrumental competitions in: Practice Chanter, Small Pipes, Celtic Whistle, Fiddle, Harp...
Come and spectate or compete, or both...

When: Saturday, November 20th from 8:30am - 5:30pm

Where: Community Bible Church, 1600 Main Street, Stittsville, Ontario

Cost: Most competitions are $5/per competition, or an annual membership gives you entry to the Mòd and unlimited competition.
Family - 25$
Adults - 10$
Children 11-18 - 5$
Children 10 and under - free
Senior Citizens and military veterans – Freewill donation
CGO and Ar n-Òran members – Free

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Almonte Celtfest joins Irish Music Ottawa supporters for Paddy Keenan Concert!

I would like to catch up on some recent news that the Almonte Celtfest has agreed to come on board for promotion of the Paddy Keenan concert, 26 November 2011. The Almonte Celtfest has earned credibility as a professionally organised showcase for Celtic music, dance, and craft, sourced mainly from talent within the Ottawa Valley and its environs. They also bring in 'outside' talent which only adds to the excitement. Admission to the Celtfest is by donation, and this makes it an incredible family-oriented event suitable for all budgets. Located in the beautiful Gemmill Park in Almonte, Ontario, the park provides an incredible naturally amphitheatre giving good acoustics and sightlines. It's a festival that you don't want to miss, and I am incredibly pleased that they are supporting the Paddy Keenan concert.

Not only does the Almonte Celtfest put on the annual festival, but throughout the year they host concerts within Almonte in support of their community activities. This last weekend I joined a full house of enthusiastic music and storytelling fans for the McGee Band's accompaniment for professor David Wilson's presentation of his latest book , Vol 2 in a series, on the life and time of the famous Irish-Canadian parliamentarian, "Thomas D'arcy McGee, the Extreme Moderate." This show exceeded my already heightened expectations in terms of an interweaving of new traditional music written in the traditional Irish style (James Stephens and Frank Cassidy, composers) and in-character readings from professor Wilson's book. Canadian history never sounded so good, EVER!

The McGee Band is comprised of James Stephens (fiddle), Frank Cassidy (whistles, banjo), Greg T. Brown (concertina, fiddle, banjo, vocals, accordion), Jeff McClintock (piano, harmonium, guitar) and for this performance Alistair Dennett (bodhran, snare drum). David Wilson played whistle as well!

Thank you to Jim Mountain and the Almonte Celtfest for helping to spread the word and keeping the music alive!

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The Gaelic Hour, heard Sundays 8-10AM, on 97.9 CHIN FM, is the official media supporter for the Irish Music Ottawa Paddy Keenan concert.

Click here for further information and a link to online ticket purchase.

Music Session in Orleans - Fiddle Night(s)

Fiddle Night - All ages and abilities welcome.

The last Fiddle night was Friday Nov 4 from 7:30-9:30 at the Roy Hobbs Community Centre on the corner of Champlain and Larch Street (yours truly forget to get it posted in time). They meet once a month with many fiddlers, guitar players, Irish drums and more. There is no registration fee; donations towards the room rental are appreciated but not mandatory. For more information please contact Denise at 613-830-3856.

My Favourite Tragedy to play Café DeKcuf, 19 November 2011

The band 'My Favourite Tragedy' is a folk-rock act, but many of their songs have a celtic influence, and you may be interested in their upcoming show on the 19th of November at Café DeKcuf.

In case you've never heard them, here is a link to their new video, which I thought was very professional and I love the song. (Btw, I'm not paid to write this stuff! It's a good tune!).

Here is the official press release:

Ottawa, ON - Three-piece acoustic-influenced ensemble My Favourite Tragedy is set to play in their hometown of Ottawa, Ontario on November 19th at Café DeKcuf. Since winning top prize in Canadaʼs biggest band competition Newcap Radio's LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot last November, the band has just completed a Northern Canadian tour, the release of their most recent album A World Of Quiet Talk, and the debut of their debut music video for their Celtic inspired single Like This. My Favourite Tragedy is North Easton, John-Marc Desmarais and Phil Desmarais. With upright bass, percussions and the intense vocal styling's of lead singer North Easton, their live show is a journey of emotion that contains passionate storytelling, show-stopping moments and heartfelt melodies.

My Favourite Tragedy caught the interest of 6-time Grammy award winning producer Steve Thompson (Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, John Lennon) and 2-time Juno award winning engineer Hayward Parrott (Bryan Adams, Great Big Sea, K.D Lang) who both contributed to A World Of Quiet Talk. The most recent single from the album, Like This, is a high energy tune that has a strong Celtic flavored acoustic opening, upright bass being pounded on with intricate precision, and drums that leave marks in your melodic memory forever.

In 2010 My Favourite Tragedy entered Newcap Radio's LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot competition where they were one of 40 bands chosen from over 200 submissions. From there, they competed on a number of nights against other bands and secured their spot at the Grand Finals taking home $80,000 in development money. "They effortlessly earned their spot in the 2010 LiVE 88.5's Big Money Shot Grand Final with their talented song-writing skills and pro-live performances," Noah Sabourin, Music Director of LiVE 88.5.

A World Of Quiet Talk can be purchased on iTunes. The video for Like This can be viewed here:

About My Favourite Tragedy:
My Favourite Tragedy, a three-piece acoustic-influenced ensemble, takes their name from the shifts in thinking that people experience in life's most challenging conditions. The band was formed in Rockland, Ontario, summer of 2009 by founder North Easton whose music experience to date is well seasoned. With radio success in previous project Garrity, including 7 radio releases and 4 music videos all receiving airplay and written by North Easton, he infuses his creativity and originality in a timeless form that pulls people through a roller coaster of emotions. With vocal comparisons to Dave Matthews, Phil Collins and Cat Stevens and his dynamic acoustic flavor, listening and watching him perform is hypnotic and an experience not soon forgotten.

Tour dates:
November 11 – La Maison Tavern – Cornwall, ON
November 19 – Café DeKcuf – Ottawa, ON
November 23 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
December 9 – Black Sheep Inn – Wakefield, QC
For more information or interview requests, please contact: Amber Bell Dale Speaking Ltd. 416.861.8111
Dale Speaking Ltd. 84 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON, M5R 2H2

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Paddy Keenan Concert tickets - Ottawa Folklore Centre

For some people are may not want to purchase tickets for the 26 November Paddy Keenan and Andy Hillhouse concert, online via Eventbrite ( as of Monday Nov 7 you will be able to purchase them at the Ottawa Folklore Centre ( located at 1111 Bank St., just down the hill from the Mayfair Theatre.

Thank you.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Ottawa Folklore Centre 35th Anniversary Concert! - 13 Nov 2011

Wow, 35 years! It's way before I got to Ottawa, so I'm afraid I don't have any comedic stories about the first time I walked in to the OFC and accidentally stepped on Bruce Cockburn's toes, but any business that lasts 35 years is obviously doing something right.

The concert is a celebration of music and community with an all-star lineup including Terry Gillespie, Ana Miura, Sheesham and Lotus, Jesse Greene and harp sensation Marc Seguin, Folk legend Doug McArthur, Alicia Borisonik, Don Gibbons, Missy Burgess, the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG), local clawhammer banjo legends Mary Gick, Paul Hornbeck and Anne Downey, the OFC Choir "Folka Voca", OFC Jazz Bands, Arthur McGregor and Wendy Moore, Piping celebrity Ross Davison, Sarah Ross and several special guest appearances. The whole evening is a fundraiser for the Hospice at Maycourt. As an added bonus, the gig is licensed for serving.

Find out more crucial details by visiting the Mayfair Theatre website:

Congratulations OFC!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Award-winning Irish comedy opens 2 Nov at The Gladstone Theatre

You've heard of Dr. Phil... now meet the unforgettable Dr. Fell!

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell
by Bernard Farrell

Hot on the heels of his smash-hit sucess Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps...

Director John P. Kelly returns to the Gladstone with a hilarious, award-winning Irish comedy.

Set in Dublin in the 1970's, six group therapy patients find themselves locked in a room and embark on a journey of self-discovery through fearless, honest confrontation, pillow fights and group hugs.

And it might just have worked too... were it not for Dr. Fell!

An outstanding cast of Ottawa actors has been gathered for the production:
Stewart Matthews, Richard Gelinas, Kelly Rigole, Tim Oberholzer, Robin Guy, Lawrence Evenchick, and Kathi Langston.

Please join us for this entertaining dark comedy laced with mystery and thrills.
I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell opens this Wednesday and runs November 2nd -19th.

Special Preview: Tuesday, November 1st.

All performances at The Gladstone
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM
Saturday matinees at 2 PM

Please visit or call 613-233-4523 (GLAD)

Paddy Keenan Ticket Purchase - reminder

As a reminder, the Paddy Keenan concert is on Saturday evening of 26 November, at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, about 1 km west of Westboro Village. You can now buy tickets wherever you have an internet connection and a browser.  Click the link here: ONLINE ticket sales, which are heavily discounted compared to the 'At the Door' price of $25. I encourage you to buy the advance tickets. Students have it really good this time, at only $15 (and IMO absorbs the transaction fees). Also, if you have kids 12 and younger, they get in for FREE.

Please support live Irish music in Ottawa.

Paddy Keenan is presented by Irish Music Ottawa and the Almonte CeltFest, and the media partner is The Gaelic Hour with Austin Comerton.

Almonte Celtfest - The McGee Band - Next Week, and also appearing in Toronto

For anyone interested in catching this show in Almonte (fund raiser for Celtfest) on the 6th November at 2 pm in the afternoon and for Toronto on the 10th follow the link below:

Hope to see you there ,


Saturday, 29 October 2011

I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell - Nov 2 to 19 at the Gladstone

Before there was Dr. Phil… There was Dr. Fell…

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell – the award-winning Irish Comedy is set to open at the newly rejuvenated Gladstone Theatre.

Ottawa – OCTOBER 26, 2011. The Gladstone Theatre's new artistic team is on a roll! Hot on the heels of their successful 39 Steps and Speed-the-Plow comes the Irish sensation I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell – the award-winning Irish comedy, written by Bernard Farrell, and Directed by SevenThirty Artistic Director John P. Kelly.

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell is a hilarious dark comedy laced with mystery and thrills. Set in Dublin in the 1970's, six group therapy patients find themselves unexpectedly locked in a bare room and embark on a journey of self-discovery through fearless, honest confrontation, and group hugs. To say they get more than they bargained for would be an understatement.

An outstanding cast of Ottawa actors has been gathered for the production: Stewart Matthews, Richard Gelinas, Kelly Rigole, Tim Oberholzer, Robin Guy, Lawrence Evenchick, and Kathi Langston.

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell runs November 2-19 (preview on Nov. 1) at 8 pm.

For more information please visit or call 613-233-4523 (GLAD)

Box Office, The Gladstone
910 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6Y4
613-233-4523 (613-233-GLAD)

2011 Fall Season: The 39 Steps (Sept), Speed-the-Plow (Oct), I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell (Nov), The Shadow (Dec)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Ottawa Celtic Choir - Performance - 27 Oct 2011

The Ottawa Celtic Choir will have their first performance of the season on October 27, 2011 at Ottawa University, as part of the 20 Years of Teaching the Irish Language conference:

The concert is open to members of the general public.

Admission: $30.00

For this you will be regaled by the Celtic Choir, watch a play (in Irish, but a synopsis is available in English) , based on an award-winning production (Oireachtas 1979) and directed for us by award-wining director, John P. Kelly, and performed by local actors, from Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston and Montreal. There will also be the book launch of Padráig O' Siadhail's new novel.

Any musicians who come are welcome to join in the siamsa that we will have at the end of the evening.

There will be a cash bar and free snacks available.

Christmas Concert - CONCERT de NOËL

November 30th, 7:00 p.m. le 30 novembre, 7h 00
189, rue Archambault St. Gatineau (Our Lady of the Annunciation)
St. Brigid's Session Group
Don Kavanagh Maura Volante Mary Comerton Kristina DaCosta Violette Khodabakashi Denis Lanctôt & Jim Hunter
Hosts / Animateurs : Pat Cassidy & John MacKillop
Goûter Prix de presence Billets 15$ 819-778-2827
Door Prizes
Tickets $15 819-778-2827
P. Cassidy

Acacia Lyra - CD Release Concert NAC December 3

ACACIA LYRA, CD Release Concert

PERFORMERS: Harp and Voice Duo with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon

PLACE: National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

DATE/TIME: Saturday December 3, 7:30 pm

TICKETS: $22.00

NAC Box Office 613-947-7000

Ticketmaster 613-755-1111


Susan Sweeney Hermon 613-749-2519

ACACIA LYRA is not just your average harp and voice duo. Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon sing in English, French, Spanish and Gaelic, accompanying themselves on Celtic harps and guitars.

The duo will launch their third CD at the NAC Fourth Stage December 3rd. This latest CD, entitled Silver Sun, is a unique offering of original material and their own arrangements of seasonal and Christmas music from around the world.

The duo will be joined by storyteller Gail Anglin, and guest musicians on flute, violin, cello, and percussion.

Susan and Janine's music is a beautiful melding of voices, instruments and spirit. A true friendship in music.

Sharlene Wallace, harpist-composer

Fógraí Gael-Cheanadacha/Gaelic-Canadian Announcements

Upcoming events from now and into 2012.

The first event on the list is the Irish Language Immersion Weekend in Montreal, which is approaching soon, and the registration deadline is Oct. 26, 2011. See below for details.
The second event is the Irish Language Conference at the University of Ottawa from the 27th to the 28th of October 2011.

Gaelic-Canadian Announcements

1. Comhrá, Montreal. Irish Language Immersion Weekend. 4 – 6 November 2011. $260. Beautiful and scenic Auberge Val Carroll resort:

Registration Deadline, 26 October 2011
contact Clare Cooney,
2. Irish Language Conference, University of Ottawa, 27 - 28 October 2011,
The Next 20 Years: Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America

3. Saturday, 26 November 2011. Work day, North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Followed by Strategic Planning Meeting in Verona. Contact Stiofán,

4. Irish Language Immersion Weekend, 13 - 15 April 2012, Kingston, Ontario. Contact Aralt,
5. TEG Preparation Course, University of Ottawa, 18 - 20 May 2012. Contact Síle,
6. TEG A1 Examination ( New York City. 26 May 2012.
Contact Aisling (Ireland) and Hilary (New York)
7. Irish Language Immersion Weekend, June 2012, Keswick (just north of Toronto).
Contact Allyson,, or Cindy,
8. 6 - 8 July 2011, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
9. Summer Immersion Week, 12 - 18 August 2012. North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Contact Stiofán,
10. Submissions accepted for the Literary Competition of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada 2012. Contact Aralt,
11. Nominations for "Irish Language Learner of the Year". Contact Michelle,


Fógraí Gael-Cheanadacha
1. Comhrá, Montreal. Deireadh Seachtaine lán-Ghaeilge. 4 – 6 Samhain 2011. $260. Ag ionad saoire, scéimhe agus álainn, Auberge Val Carroll.

Spriocdháta Clárúcháin, 26 Deireadh Fómhair 2011

teagmháil: Clare Cooney,
2. Comhdháil Gaeilge, Ollscoil Ottawa, 27 - 28 Deireadh Fómhair 2011,
An 20 Bliain atá Romhainn: Taighde agus Teagasc na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh
3. Dé Sathairn, 26 Samhain 2011. Lá Oibre, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Agus Cruinniú Pleanála Straitéiseach ina dhiaidh i Verona. Teagmháil: Stiofán,

4. Deireadh Seachtaine lánGhaeilge, 13 - 15 Aibreán 2012, Kingston, Ontario. Teagmháil: Aralt,

5. Cúrsa Ullmhúcháin TEG, Ollscoil Ottawa, 18 - 20 Bealtaine 2012. Teagmháil Síle,

6. TEG A1 Scrúdú ( Cathair Nua Eabhrac. 26 Bealtaine 2012.
Teagmháil Aisling (Éire) agus Hilary (Nua Eabhrac)
7. Deireadh Seachtaine lán-Ghaeilge, Meitheamh 2012, Keswick (achar gearr ó thuaidh ó Thoronto).
Teagmháil Ailísín,, nó Cindy,
8. 6 - 8 Iúil 2011, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir,
Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.

9. Campa Samhraidh lánGhaeilge, 12 - 18 Lúnasa 2012. Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Teagmháil Stiofán,

10. Glacfar taiscthe do Chomórtas Liteartha Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada 2012. Teagmháil Aralt,

11. Ainmniúchán "d'Fhoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge na Bliana". Teagmháil Michelle,


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Paddy Keenan with Andy Hillhouse Concert tickets - now on sale!

Until the concert is past, the main Irish Music Ottawa webpage will tease you with information about the Paddy Keenan concert on 26 November, at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, about 1 km west of Westboro Village. The webpage will direct you to the ONLINE ticket sales, which are heavily discounted compared to the 'At the Door' price of $25. I encourage you to buy the advance tickets (way better for my stress!). Students have it really good this time, at only $15 (and IMO absorbs the transaction fees). Also, if you have kids 12 and younger, they get in for FREE. The concert space is quite nice, and it's a formal concert, so all concert goers will appreciate parental control over your excited kids while the music is playing. I just thought it was time to encourage young kids to hear some great live Irish traditional music, and as a side benefit give the parents a break from arranging and paying for babysitters. I have tried in the past to arrange food and drinks for the break during the concert, but to make a long story short, it's difficult, so make sure you have a meal beforehand. You brain will be firing on all cylinders once Paddy fires up 'the octopus' and Irish whistles - you're going to need the energy.

I can't stress enough that Irish Music Ottawa is a not-for-profit and entirely volunteer driven endeavour. These concerts cost 'real money,' and I strive to bring you top notch entertainment within my humble means. I hope that you will help me spread the word about attending this fantastic evening of Irish traditional music, song, and humour. Successful concerts breed MORE concerts. I can't be any more honest with you than that. It's really that simple.

Thank you!

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.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Youth Contra Dance - November 5, everyone under 30 is FREE!

Time: Saturday: November 5 · 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Location: Churchill Rec Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Invite your under-30 friends for a fantastic dance with incredible talent! And in case you were wondering, all you 30+ folks are welcome too. : )

What is contra dancing you ask? ...
It's a hot community dance experience!
It's for young and old, hipsters and folkies.
It ALWAYS has fantastic live music.
No partner is necessary & beginners are welcome!

If you've never done contra, show up at 7:30pm for the 1/2hr beginners lesson!

For more information, check out

Irish Bastards concert at La Grange de la Gatineau - 15 October

The Irish Bastards will be playing at La Grange de la Gatineau on October 15 at 8pm. 
$20 plus tax (includes one beverage).
Add a 3 course gourmet dinner including wine for $30 plus tax (dinner at 6:30pm).

Reservations required: or 819-827-3164
80 Chemin Summer, Cantley Qc J8V 3J3

Travel to the heart of Ireland with this lively quartet that is sure to raise the rafters of La Grange de la Gatineau. Let the party begin!

These four talented and energetic musicians will treat you to a range of music from Celtic to traditional Quebec music and bluegrass. The Irish Bastards are Jean-Philippe Goupil (voice, guitar, tenor banjo), Dylan Perron (banjo and voice), Lisa Demay (violin and voice) and Alexandre Veillette (mandolin, voice, guitar and podorhythm). These musicians, from different parts of Quebec, have only been playing together for a year, but they are all experienced and recognized musicians in their own right.

It's a show with an Irish flavour and especially Irish drinking songs, with influences including The Dubliners, The Pogues, The Chieftains, The Irish Rover and The Planxty. But they can't resist the rich roots of music from Quebec and America, and offer up a few home-style jigs with a tinge of bluegrass. It's all their way of getting their audience up singing and dancing and laughing – and the audience at the Grange will be no exception!

Music West Concert Series - October 21, Kingston

Music West Concert Series with Sharlene, (Celtic and Classical harps) and Susan Piltch (flute, piano). Anticipation: Sharlene and Susan. 2 musicians. 3 instruments. Classical, Celtic, South American, contemporary and original music. Anticipate the expected… and… the unexpected!
Friday October 21st at 7:30pm at St. Andrew's By-the-Lake United Church, 1 Redden Street, Kingston.

Tickets: $15 / $12 senior/students / $7.50 children under 13
(available at church office weekday mornings or at the door)

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Guard - Bytowne Cinema - 7-13 October

Now playing at the Bytowne Cinema, Rideau St., Ottawa. Irish cinema! 

Popping with glorious, bright colour and off-colour jokes, The Guard is an Irish comedy and almost incidental thriller, though mostly it’s something of a bait and switch. The tasty bait (and reluctant buddies) are Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, two of the best utility players in contemporary English-language cinema. Alone or together, they can be reason to see any movie. Even when they’ve been self-consciously set off against each other for maximum quirk, as they are here, these are performers who can dig a little deeper than their material. More description at the Bytowne site.

Directed by:
John Michael McDonagh
Screenplay by:
John Michael McDonagh
Brendan Gleeson
Don Cheadle
Mark Strong
Liam Cunningham
David Wilmot
Fionnula Flanagan
96 min.

Rated 14A; Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Violence.
Official site:

Fri, Oct 7, 9:15pm
Sat, Oct 8, 4:45pm
Sat, Oct 8, 6:55pm
Sun, Oct 9, 7:00pm
Mon, Oct 10, 2:00pm
Mon, Oct 10, 8:30pm
Tue, Oct 11, 6:50pm
Wed, Oct 12, 6:50pm
Thu, Oct 13, 4:45pm
Thu, Oct 13, 9:10pm

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Makem and Spain in Concert - 29 Oct 2011


Saturday, October 29, Centrepointe Theatre, 8 p.m.

The Makem and Spain Brothers, the powerhouse Irish vocal group of their generation, are returning to Ottawa for another rousing concert.

It was 50 years ago this year that the Makem Brothers' legendary father Tommy hit the big time with the Clancy Brothers, bursting onto the North American scene with their record-breaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The folk scene would never be the same as Ireland's fab four dominated Irish music in the 1960's with their rousing songs of rebellion, drinking, fun and mischief. Their influence continues to this day.

Today, Shane, Conor and Rory Makem, teamed with Mickey and Liam Spain, are keeping the song tradition alive. They are roaring out their own compelling versions of boisterous Clancy/Makemclassics, while bringing superb new songs of their own to the fore. Their live performances have been described as a wall of sound, enchanting audiences across North America and Ireland.

Since forming in 2002, the Makem and Spain Brothers have issued four superb CD's, all flawlessly produced, with their powerful vocals backed by musical prowess on banjo, mandolin, bazouki, guitar, bass, flute, and whistle.

Their new album, Up the Stairs, is delighting their fans. One of the songs, The Lightkeeper, has impressed the experts, earning it a well-deserved Grammy nomination.

Don't miss this exciting concert. Get your tickets now. $40 all inclusive. ; 613-580-2700. Also see

Saturday, 1 October 2011

CCE Regional AGM - 16 October 2011 - Kingston ON

Friday Night - There will be a session/siamsa at BEN'S PUB Street in downtown Kingston (please note that it no longer is at the RCHA Club). It will run from 7:00 to 11:00 or so. A group of us will be having dinner at Ben's Pub - 105 Clergy Street East (Good reasonably priced pub grub) at 6:00 but you can get food there up until about 9. Steafan Hannigan will be there to help lead the session.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Peachtree Inn 1187 Princess Street at a discounted rate of $79 + tax. You must ask for the CCE rate to get the discount. They will only hold this rate until October 1 so you should book right away. They have said that if there are lots of rooms available after the first they will still honour the discount but they will not guarantee to. To avoid missing out you should book right away. Telephone number is 613-546-4411.

There are other hotels in the area but they are all over $100. The Peachtree is clean and comfortable and close to the seniors' centre. We use it for the Irish Language Weekend. They serve a complimentary continental breakfast as well. I would recommend using Expedia or another internet booking service if you don't want to stay at the Peachtree. The Travelodge (moderate price) and Best Western Fireside Inn (more expensive) are good facilities in the area.

Saturday - All events are at the Seniors Centre at 56 Francis Street.


10:30 to 12:00
- set dancing (Maureen Mulvey)
- woodwinds - flute, whistle uillean pipes (Steafan Hannigan)
- fiddle(Saskia Tomkins)
- Bodhran (Jack Hickman)
- Introductory conversational Irish Language

1:00 to 2:30
- woodwinds - flute, whistle uillean pipes (Steafan Hannigan)
- fiddle(Saskia Tomkins)

Workshops will cost $15 per morning or afternoon session.

We will serve a sandwich/cookie/veggie/luncheon from 12:00 to 12:45.

The AGM will be from 12:45 to 4:30.
We will have an attitude adjustment/personality development break with a cash bar (beer and wine) from 5:30 to 6:00.

Dinner will be from 6:00 to 7:15 at the seniors centre. Delegates, East Region Executive and the award recipients will be complimentary. All others will be charged $25 ($20 for Comhaltas members).

We plan on making the 60th anniversary awards presentations between 7:15 and 8:00 so as not to interfere with the ceili. There are a lot of awards so we felt that it would be better to have the presentation as part of the dinner. It is our regular ceili night and to take an hour out of it for the awards could put a damper on the ceili for non-Comhaltas members who regularly attend our ceilis. The dinner will be a more intimate setting anyway in our groups opinion. Anne McConnell-Strong invited the Irish Ambassador to present the awards and he has accepted.

The ceili will go from 8 to 11:00 or 11:30 and admission is $10 ($8 for Comhaltas members). Steafan & Saskia will provide the music along with any other musicians who would like to play with them and are comfortable playing for dancers.

Please note that the dinner charge does not include admission to the ceili. There will be separate tickets for each.

The main thing we need to know as soon as possible is numbers for the dinner. The seniors centre will need fairly definite numbers by the 10th or 11th so people need to commit prior to that date. We can accommodate about 100 for dinner in the dining room and there will be some additional standing room if people are going to come just for the awards. If you are going to come for the dinner, please confirm with Julie or myself at ASAP so we can hold a place for you before we reach capacity.

This will be a great weekend with lots of music, dance, workshops and the opportunity to help continue the work of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, so plan on attending and please spread the word to members of your group and particularly to the recipients of the award!!

Slan tamall

CCE Ottawa Branch AGM - Monday 3 Oct 2011

Just a reminder that you are all encouraged to attend the CCE Ottawa Branch Annual General Meeting this Monday evening Oct 3 at 8PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Ave Ottawa.

This is your chance to have your voice heard by the executive and general membership...all welcome!!

Note: The AGM is open to interested individuals but only members are allowed to vote. Interested people may be interested in becoming members.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Irish Music Ottawa presents: Paddy Keenan - 26 November 2011

Irish Music Ottawa is pleased to present the legendary uillean piper Paddy Keenan, on the evening of Saturday 26 November at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave (about 1 km west of Westboro Village).  Paddy Keenan, the renowned masterful piper in the famous Bothy Band, has for many years now been on a successful solo career, touring the world over. Originally from born in Trim, Co. Meath, Paddy now calls a farm somewhere in New Hampshire his home away from Ireland. Paddy is often backed by a guest musician to round out the piping. At this time, the guest musician is being determined.

For those that are familiar with Paddy Keenan (and MANY are) they also know that he is an amazing whistle player, and one of the earliest players of the modern Irish 'low whistle.'  Among his many accolades, Paddy was the 2002 Irish National Traditional Musician of the Year, and award winner for the 2010 Irish Musicians Association. Paddy's cds are available from Ossian USA.

Many people who attended Paddy's last show in Ottawa have since told me it was the highlight of their Irish music year. A fantastic show of masterful playing, humour, and song. Really, you won't want to miss this concert.

Final details will be posted as they become available. Mark your calendars!

Media partner: The Gaelic Hour with Austin Comerton, live and podcasted.

Irish Music Ottawa is a fully volunteer-run not-for-profit entity.

Euro-World Cultures Meetup in Ottawa

I recently received a nice email from one of the organizers of the Euro-World Cultures Meetup group in Ottawa. Here is their website:

They promote cultural events in Ottawa by posting them on our website whenever there is a volunteer available in our group to host the event for our members.

(Thanks to Luciana, for bringing this interesting, diverse, and dynamic group to our attention!)

Thomas D'Arcy McGee-Music and Words: The McGee Band and David Wilson

Sunday, November 6 · 2:00pm - 4:30pm, at the Almonte Old Town Hall

David A. Wilson and the McGee Band put on a show that combines the speeches, letters and poems of McGee with original music in traditional style. They have performed it to great critical acclaim in Canada and the United States, and are delighted to combine its premiere in Almonte’s wonderful Old Town Hall with the launch of McGee Volume 2 Extreme Moderate – 1857-1868.


"Thomas D'Arcy McGee is best known for his prominent role in Irish-Canadian politics, his inspirational speeches in support of Canadian Confederation, and his assassination by an Irish revolutionary who accused him of betraying his earlier Irish nationalist principles. "..

The McGee Band play a blend of Irish, Scottish, and Québécois music. The band’s latest CD In Honour of the Life and Times of Thomas D’Arcy McGee was recorded in a style reminiscent of music which evolved in 1860’s Ottawa. This CD of original music “in traditional style” was written, recorded and produced by James Stephens and Frank Cassidy in Ottawa with financial support from Canada Arts Council and The Embassy of Ireland.

Tickets $20 advance, $22 at the door.
Available at: Mill Street Books 613-256-9090, Mississippi Mills MusicWorks. 613-256-7464, Baker Bob's 613-256-7674.

Refreshments: Naismith Pub

An Almonte Celtfest 2012 and Old Town Hall Restoration Fund-raiser.

Storytelling and Music - 13 October (scary date!)


A child poet; a powerful magician; two archeologists; a 20th century writer, a young mother in labour; and YOU, the listener. Inspired by The Battle of the Trees, an ancient Welsh epic poem, storyteller and musician Christine Cooper weaves these disparate strands into a compelling story. The tale stretches from pre-historic Wales to modern-day Norfolk, takes in history, myth and personal biography as it explores humanity's deep-rooted relationship to the trees.

"Absolutely mesmerizing and beautiful, and so original. Thank you, thank you."
"A spell-binding, evening – a journey through many emotions – very inspiring!"
"Amazing! I was completely drawn into the world you created."
- audience comments, The Battle of the Trees

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Bb Sisters - Performance and Workshops

Saturday, October 1. The Bb Sisters are performing October 1st at ECOTAY in Perth, ON!

Fiddle & Piano workshop: 2:00-4:00pm, Kimberley will be teaching piano; Sherryl will be teaching fiddle.

Concert: 7:00pm. Appearing with the Bb Sisters will be the McTavish twins (Ann Campbell and Linda Allen) Ticket info: Contact or (613) 267-6391. Hope to see you there!

If you are not able to make and know someone who might be interested, feel free to pass this information along! Thank you!!


Friday, 16 September 2011

New Jam in Perth, Saturday 2-5

The owners at The Shark and Bull are opening their doors to the possibility of having a regular jam at their establishment. Every Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Jams are a good opportunity to share original works, learn to play with others and learn so much.

The Shark & Bull are willing to make home made food such as soups and chile and welcome the idea that kids could come and listen to music as well.

I would like you to respond to let me know if this would appeal to you or not. If there is enough interest, this could be fun!

Time: Saturday, September 17 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location : Shark and Bull, 41 North Street
Perth, Ontario

ps - not sure what kind of jam this is, but live music is good, so check it out - Craig

Violin Master Class soon soon soon !

ATTENTION : You have until Tuesday, September 20th to make your registration !!!

Violon Trad Québec offers a master class in a weekend format for his first time! On September 23rd, 24th and 25th 2011, renowned Irish fiddle master Patrick Ourceau will come teach, share his knowledge and passion in Quebec.

Patrick Ourceau was born in France, where he discovered and started to play Irish music. In 1989 he emigrated to NYC and since 2005 has been living in Toronto. Mostly self-taught, Patrick's style was influenced early on by the discovery of the music of the legendary fiddle players Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey and Paddy Fahey.

Since the mid-eighties, Patrick has been regularly visiting Ireland and especially County Clare where he had the honor of learning directly from the masters Paddy Canny and Peter O'Loughlin. Since the mid-nineties Patrick has toured extensively and has been featured on a host of recordings.

He is in great demand as a teacher and regularly teaches both privately and at various festivals and summer schools across North America, Ireland and Mainland Europe.

For registration details and any additional information, please visit the website at

You can also contact Véronic Massé: (450) 883-3256.

Hurry! Space is limited to 25 entries! 25 lucky fiddlers!!!

Through a unique partnership with Culture Lanaudière, if you're a professional musician in the Lanaudière region, you are eligible for a grant program that allows you to participate in training at a special price. Get in touch with us to verify your eligibility!

Véronic Massé

ps - sorry for the short notice folks, only received this communication tonight!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Why We’re In Love With Celtic Music - article from UnFolding

Check out this wonderful article, 'Why We’re In Love With Celtic Music,' by Mike Levin over at the local blog UnFolding, a web magazine about the arts in Ottawa. ALL the arts. In this recent article Mike explores why the Celtic music scene is so active in the Ottawa region and a little further afield in the region.  To assist Mike's research, he found Ottawa's own Irish import, author and musician Kevin Dooley for what appears to be a pint down at a pub well known for a lively and entertaining Irish traditional music session, Daniel O'Connell's Pub on Wellington St., Well, if you know him, Kevin's always one for a good story, or ten!


Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Learn to Waltz (Ottawa Contra Dance) - 1 October 2011

Learn to waltz!! We’ve just confirmed a Waltz Workshop for Saturday 1 October, 3:30 to 5:30 will be held at Ottawa’s Churchill Community Centre. Perfect for people new to contra dancing and waltzing! We’ll be teaching the basics, and some fancy moves as well. Live music by Ian and Emily. Join us for dinner afterwards at The Table, followed by the evening’s contra dance. Not just for beginners, though – everyone should come on out! $8 (Ottawa Contra Dance link)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Celtic Harmonies International Festival - Eastern Townships, Quebec, 1-9 October 2011

Please check out the amazing lineup of 17 artists (en francais) for the the Celtic Harmonies International Festival, 1-9 October, 2011. The festival is held in a variety of locations within the the Eastern townships of Quebec (Lac-Brome/Knowlton, Cowansville, Waterloo, North Hatley). The Festival includes concerts, workshops, masterclasses, and a marketplace. The festival website is very well presented, the musical lineup is spectacular (includes Ottawa's Scottish Cathy-Ann MacPhee), and festival locations are beautiful. The website describes not only the festival details, but the entire philosophy behind the festival setting in the Townships, and also the festival's history, originating from the Montreal International Celtic Festival. You owe it to yourself to check out this website, and then if at all possible, to go to the festival!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Natalie MacMaster playing NAC March 22-24, 2012

A Celtic Celebration with Natalie MacMaster

Thursday - Saturday, NAC Southam Hall
March 22 - 24, 2012

For further details and tickets:

St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts - 3rd Fall Celtic Festival

On September 18, join us at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, for a Fall Celtic Festival and enteratinment with a host of local musicians and dancers on stage, from noon to 6:00 pm

Admission: Free
Information: 613-244-7373 or

Brian's Ceili resumes Sept 17, 2011.

Brian Armstrong's Irish dances will be starting again soon, dates as follows:

Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 26, Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 31, Apr 28.

St. Margaret Mary Church, 7 Fairbairn Ave, corner of Sunnyside Ave, 2 blocks east of Bank St.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., admission by donation includes free dance lessons, munchies/desserts, tea.

Great for singles and couples of all ages. For info contact brian 613-523-9702,

Thank you,

Naismith Pub Open Celtic Jam - Now on Wednesdays

Starting September 07, the Naismith jam is no longer on Thursday night but is now on Wednesdays.

Charles Dunlap

Monday, 5 September 2011

Deireadh Seachtaine Lán Gaeilge / Irish Language Weekend

Deireadh Seachtaine Lán Gaeilge /Irish Language Weekend sponsored by Caint is Comhrá and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch

Dé hAoine, 23ú Meán Fómhair go Dé Domhnaigh, 25ú Meán Fómhair, 2011
Friday, September 23rd til Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Galilee Centre, 398 John Street, Arnprior, Ontario
Costas / Cost: $200. (Gach rud san áireamh / Everything included)

Tuilleadh eolais agus le clárú: For further information and to register:
Bridget Guglich: (613) 834-0387

Blue Skies Fiddle Orchestra News

BLUES SKIES COMMUNITY FIDDLE ORCHESTRA begins it's 13th season on Sat. Sept 10th, 10 am at the Maberly Hall. A dedicated, all ages community group, the members meet to learn a wide range of fiddle tunes in a fun environment. Currently recruiting fiddlers, mandolin players, and percussionists. Those interested in joining should have a couple years of study to feel comfortable. Beginners can join the "Prep Orchestra" to learn the repertoire of the Blue Skies Orchestra at a learning speed. Prep orchestra begins Sat October 15th 12:30 to 2pm Maberly Hall. Cost is $45 per term. Sponsored by Blue Skies in the Community. Some violins are available for rent. Contact: Cindy McCall 613 278-2448

Friday, 2 September 2011

A tongue-twisting labour of love in Canada's Gaelic-speaking community

To avoid monstrously huge lawsuits for copyright infringement and the like, I'll just point you to this grand wee article on the Canadian Gaeltacht in today's The Globe and Mail. The article is credited to  SUSAN KRASHINSKY.  Nifty, it even includes photos and videos, and a little language lesson.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Centrepoint Theatre - Traditional / Celtic Series

General Public on-sale September 12

CELTIC THUNDER (see other blog posting as well)
This show is a celebration of Celtic music and the Celts' heritage, a joy for the entire family, performed as always, with Celtic Thunder magic. The wildly entertaining Celtic Thunder pays homage to the musical culture of Ireland, with a repertoire of inspired songs from the group's new... (tickets on sale now)

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Read more at the Centrepointe website event page.

CELTIC THUNDER - September 13 & 14 at 8 pm Centrepointe Theatre

September 13 & 14 at 8 pm, Centrepointe Theatre

This show is a celebration of Celtic music and the Celts heritage, a joy for the entire family, performed as always, with Celtic Thunder magic. The wildly entertaining Celtic Thunder pays homage to the musical culture of Ireland, with a repertoire of inspired songs from the group's new CD Heritage. Enjoy traditional standards such as "Whiskey in the Jar," "Black is the Color," "Skye Boat Song" and "Red, Red Rose", while taking in passionate performances that range from solo numbers, to enchanting duets and powerful ensembles.

Genre: Music
Prices: $79.50 / $69.50

TradConnect - a social network for Irish traditional music lovers!

TradConnect was launched in April 2011 and is a new social network for people who play, listen to and enjoy traditional Irish music. With close to 1,000 members, the aim of the site is to connect people that are learning and playing traditional Irish music with other players in their area.

Irish traditional music has always been about meeting up and playing music with other musicians. For many people the local pub session is viewed as the starting point in meeting other musicians. However in many areas there is no weekly session. Joining these sessions for a lot of people can be too daunting an experience. You may not know the tunes, the speed might be too fast or you may not be welcome. Alternatively you may be an advanced player and may be frustrated with the quality of these sessions. Some can be great and many can be average at best. This frustrates a lot of musicians with the result being that there are thousands that do not go out and play.

TradConnect supports the ideas that you only need a couple of musicians in order to get something started. Once you have two or three likeminded musicians you can get your sets of tunes together, practice, socialise and maybe start a weekly session. This can be in your house, in your local pub, at parties or whenever or wherever you want. When you have three musicians you may decide to add a forth or fifth member. Then things can take off and others find you and join. Over time you build up a group of players. You do it your way, at your level and in your own time.

- Tony Lawless, Dublin

ps - You can also follow TradConnect on Twitter via @TradConnect

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Ottawa Cape Breton Session Update & Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship

Hitch up the wagon Ma, we're movin'!

The OCBS website has moved to a new address. You'll find us now at Update your bookmarks! The old location will continue for a short while. We also have a new email address:
Aug 26 —Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship: Competitor Showcase & Dance 6:30 pm - 11 pm Travelodge Ottawa Hotel & Convention Centre 1376 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON
More Information
Aug 27—Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship: 22nd Fiddling Competition & Show Shenkman Arts Centre, Orléans Town Centre 245 Centrum Road, Ottawa, ON Preliminaries begin at 12:00pm: $25.00 Finals begin at 7:00pm: $35.00 Tickets for both shows: $45.00 *Note: HST and box office fees are extra.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New World Festival - Randolph, Vermont - 4 Sept 2011

Celebrate Vermont's Celtic and French-Canadian roots at the 19th annual New World Festival in Randolph, Vermont, Sunday September 4, 2011. In 2007 I attended the 15th event, and a little review is here.  This is a really fun festival. You buy a pass, and you basically get the run of attending as many gigs as you please in the town, which is basically shutdown to traffic for the full 12 hours.  This year they have 6 stages running. Some of the stages are in local churches, or in the wonderful Chandler music hall. Food is all local, beer and wine from Vermont producers, , children's activities, and work from Vermont artisans. Musician's recordings are sold at a central point in the town. If you want a great weekend getaway across the border, I really recommend this festival.


Reminder: The Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011

REMINDER: The deadline is fast approaching! Don't miss out, get your contest entries in early!

The Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011 Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a mixed-voice (SATB) community choir that sings music from and about Atlantic Canada. This is our second Choral Composition Contest, and the choir is looking for quality choral music with an East Coast flavour. We are offering two prizes, a 1st prize of $500 and a 2nd prize of $200, for original choral works by Canadian composers. The winning works will be programmed on Atlantic Voices' spring 2012 concert. This competition is open to all residents of Canada, of all backgrounds and all ages. Note: the winning entrant need not have a particular connection to the Atlantic region.

Contest entries must be received electronically or postmarked no later than October 31st, 2011. Late submissions will not be accepted. Changes or modifications to any submitted score will be accepted until midnight on the closing day of the contest, October 31, 2011.

For more information concerning the submission please visit our website:, or contact

Celtic Thunder - September 13 & 14

This show is a celebration of Celtic music and the Celts heritage, a joy for the entire family, performed as always, with Celtic Thunder magic. The wildly entertaining Celtic Thunder pays homage to the musical culture of Ireland, with a repertoire of inspired songs from the group’s new CD Heritage. Enjoy traditional standards such as “Whiskey in the Jar,” “Black is the Color,” “Skye Boat Song” and “Red, Red Rose”, while taking in passionate performances that range from solo numbers, to enchanting duets and powerful ensembles. For tickets and information.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Tara Players present Patrick Pearse Motel

Patrick Pearse Motel
by Hugh Leonard
Time: August 16 – 27 at Matinee August 21

Location: Ottawa Little Theatre

Contact OLT for Tickets (on sale now by calling 613-233-8948 ext 1)

Now on Twitter

Hi folks, for any of you Twitterers (?) out there, Irish Music Ottawa is now on Twitter. Simply follow @IrishMusicOtt .  As I get 'round to things, I will post reminders of postings to this blog etc.  and re-tweet items of interest that I get in the Twittersphere (who comes up with this stuff?).


Prayers urgently needed...

My sister's son-in-law, Rob Hilliard, is in the Intensive Care Unit at the General Hospital with a very severe case of septisemia. This has come on very suddenly and his chances of survival are low. He is being treated with massive doses of antibiotics but so far he has not started to respond and there is nothing more that can be done to help him except to pray. He is 37 years old and he and Jenn have three young children. Please pray for his recovery and for the family who are going through an incredibly difficult time right now.
Pat Cassidy

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Ottawa Celtic Choir 2011-2012

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is starting its 4th season this fall. We encourage anyone with an interest in singing Celtic songs to come out and join - all are welcome. The choir sings songs from all seven Celtic nations, in various Celtic languages, English, French and in the Galician dialect. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday nights, 7pm to 9pm, at St. John the Evangelist Church, on the corner of Elgin and Somerset Streets. For more information, contact Ellen MacIsaac at


Naismith's Celtic Jam - Day change

Because of a request from the owner at Naismith's Pub in Almonte, we are going to change the regular weekly Celtic Jam from Thursday to Wednesday.

So starting on Wednesday, September 07 at 7:30, there will be a weekly Celtic and other music jam session at Naismith's Pub in Almonte. There is no cost to this jam. This open session welcomes anyone who likes to play Celtic music in public in a pub environment.

The jam at Naismith continues on Thursday night for August.

Please direct any questions to Charlie.

Thanks all

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Ottawa Contra Dance 2011-2012 schedule now posted

The Ottawa Contra Dance schedule is now posted for 2011-2012. Here is some stolen text from their excellent webpage for those who are unfamiliar with Contra Dance:
Contra is a fun form of community dance where you begin and finish one dance (about 10min) with the same partner, progressing up and down the hall in long lines while you dance with different sets of other couples, repeating a sequence of moves guided by the caller. Essentially it's lots of fun AND excellent exercise. To see videos of what contra dancing looks like in Ottawa, click here.

Caint is Comhrá Fundraiser - House concert

Ottawa's Irish Language Group Caint is Comhrá presents an evening of harp and song with

Susan Sweeney Hermon and Janine Dudding of Acacia Lyra and Joan McKay reading from her recent award winning selection of poetry.

Friday August 19th 2011.

Please reach the contact below for exact address (off Main Street in East Ottawa). Pizza donated by Margaret Moriarty and will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Guests may bring Drinks, Salad or Dessert.

The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Suggested donation $15.00 at door.

Proceeds support the annual Irish Language Weekend in Arnprior.

If you have not heard Acacia Lyra, this is an opportunity you should not miss. Check their web site.

Because of limited seating please RSVP to Bridget Guglich:
Phone: (613) 834-0387

Susan Sweeney Hermon and Janine Dudding blend both contemporary and traditional Celtic harp music, performing, composing and singing music in several languages from many corners of the world.

Fógra faoi Galilee: Deireadh Seachtaine Lán Gaeilge 23ú Meán Fómhair go 25ú Meán Fómhair, 2011 Arnprior

For all Irish language enthusiasts!

Deireadh Seachtaine Lán Gaeilge: Arnprior

Dé hAoine, 23ú Meán Fómhair go Dé Domhnaigh, 25ú Meán Fómhair, 2011

Friday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th, 2011

All inclusive $200.00!

For info:

(sent by: Clár Ní Dhuibhir)

Friday, 29 July 2011

Atlantic Voices 2011/2012 Season (MEDIA RELEASE)

Atlantic Voices, The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa, is starting it's 10th season on Tuesday September 6 at 7pm, at Pleasant Park Baptist Church, 414 Pleasant Park Road, Ottawa, ON. We are accepting new members, and we have a specific need for Tenors and Basses. No experience or music-reading ability is necessary, just a love for music from Canada's East Coast. See our website for more information.

Ottawa Cape Breton Session Update

Hello Everyone! Our website has been down for the last couple of days due to issues with the servers at the ISP that hosts the site. We do hope to have it back on track soon. If you need to access tunes or other information from the site send an email and we'll forward whatever you need.

July Events

NOTE: OCBS will be playing a set during the fiddle concert on Saturday afternoon at the Games between 2:30 and 3pm. Please try to be there and ready to tune up by 2:15. The sets played will be 36 and 6. Check with Brian MacLean for more info. Ernie asks that you try to manage without sheet music if you can.

July 29-30—Glengarry Highland Games: Loads of great Scottish and Cape Breton music at the games this year! The Barra MacNeils will be headlining the Friday Concert and Tattoo. Scottish Fiddling is a two-day event starting with the "Young Fiddlers' Showcase" on Friday afternoon in the air-conditioned Fiddlers' Hall in the arena. The show starts at 2:00 pm and will feature young musicians from Glengarry and surrounding area. The afternoon will conclude with a performance by the Massed Fiddlers at 5:30 pm as they warm-up before taking to the main stage where they will perform at 6:15 pm in the Pre-Games Tattoo . On Saturday morning in the Fiddlers' Hall of the arena, there will be two Scottish fiddle workshops. This year we welcome well known and popular Nova Scotian fiddler, Stan Chapman. He has taught the Cape Breton Fiddle Style to many students through private lessons; in addition, he has done workshops in both Canada and the U.S. and summer sessions at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. He has conducted fiddle groups including the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association and is currently a part time Lecturer in Heritage and Culture at Cape Breton University in Sydney, N.S.. Fiddlers are invited to bring their fiddles and music stands and take an active part in one or both sessions ( 9 am and 10:15 am). Scottish fiddling will continue in the arena hall on Saturday afternoon. The Glengarry Strathspey & Reel Society will open the program at 2:00 pm and from then until the massed fiddlers at closing, you will be able to tap your toes and clap your hands to the traditional music of Glengarry. Local and visiting fiddlers and pianists will entertain with jigs, reels and strathspeys, etc. until 5 pm. Come and enjoy!

July 31—Fifth Sunday: What, you didn't get enough fiddling on Friday and Saturday?! Two whole days of Scottish fiddle at Glengarry? We have an addiction counsellor you may want to contact, one who specializes in fiddle addictions.

Aug 7 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Aug 14 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Volunteer Hosts Needed!

Aug 21 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Aug 28 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Volunteer Hosts Needed!

Sep 4 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Sep 11 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Volunteer Hosts Needed!

Sep 18 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Sep 25 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Volunteer Hosts Needed!

Oct 2 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Oct 9 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Thanksgiving Sunday. Give thanks for family, friends and music!

Oct 16 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm Royal Oak Pub 318 Bank St. at MacLaren.

Oct 23 —House Session: 2pm-5pm -Volunteer Hosts Needed!

Oct 30 —Fifth Sunday: TBA

LOOKING AHEAD: Ottawa Cape Breton Session will be presenting a fall fiddle and piano workshop and square dance with Cape Breton musicians Dara Smith-MacDonald and Adam Young. Saturday afternoon workshops, Saturday evening square dance and Friday night house concert. Details coming soon!

How to Host a House Session: All you need is a space big enough to put 6-8 fiddlers in, some chairs without arms, and a willingness to listen to the same tune played over and over again as we practice. If you have a piano let us know, otherwise we'll bring our own keyboard. We can also bring folding chairs. Sessions are BYOB but usually the hosts provide some non-alcoholic beverages and a little something for snack time. Interested? Talk to Aylene or Beth or send an email to

Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Gladstone Theatre announces its 2011 Season

It's been a while since I've seen a play that John P. Kelly directed, so I'm delighted to share the following announcement from The Gladstone Theatre.

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Award-winning local theatre companies assume management of treasured institution.

Plosive Productions and SevenThirty Productions (John P. Kelly) have teamed up to bring you a "Larger than Life" season at the Gladstone...

... and we would like to invite you to celebrate!

Gladstone Season Launch Celebration
Friday, July 29 - 7 PM to 10 PM
Please join us at the Gladstone Theatre to learn more about our new season!
Come for nibbles, sips, announcements and to meet the members of the artistic team!
(Visit our season launch page on Facebook!)
Our 2011 season line-up includes:
Sept 6-24
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by John P. Kelly
Oct 4-22
Speed-the-Plow, by David Mamet, directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik
Nov 1-19
I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell, directed by John P. Kelly
Dec 6-17
The Shadow: A Christmas Mysteries Radio Show, directed by Kel Parsons
* As a bonus, we are pleased to announce that the new Gladstone season
will include the Phoenix Players, who have been bringing high-quality theatre to Ottawa audiences since 2011.
Nov. 24-26
The Phoenix Players present: I Remember Mama, by John van Druten and Directed by Jo-Ann McCabe

All performances at the Gladstone.
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM / Saturday matinees at 2 PM

For more information about subscription packages or individual ticket purchases...
please visit or call 613-233-4523 (GLAD)
Welcome back to the Gladstone Theatre 2011!

CCE Ottawa Branch Ceili dates

The following are the CCE Ottawa ceili dates for the 2011 - 2012 season, now confirmed with Blessed Sacrament.

September 24 (may be subject to change)
October 29
November 19
December 17
January 21
February 18
March 17 (Annual Dinner and Ceili)
April 21
May 19

We also have the hall for Monday evenings (6pm to 10pm) starting September 12 and running through (aside from holidays etc) to May 28, 2012. This is for Irish language and dance classes.

Have a great day! And a great summer.

Rúnaí, CCE Ottawa

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Téada Summer Camp

For those that like to travel a little farther afield. The Téada Summer Camp is taking place in Chicago August 09th-13th. Check out details at

Read it online:

(Téada is an award winning Sligo based traditional music group, well worth a listen - CH)

Swan session cancelled for August

The celtic session at the Swan on the Rideau is cancelled for August. It will resume on the first Wednesday in September. 

See you then.

It's a GO for ceilis Blessed Sacrament church Hall

Great News!

CCE Ottawa has renewed the rental for the use of the hall at Blessed Sacrament, 4th Street, Ottawa, again this year. This comes after some turmoil at the church which put the ceili at some risk for a non-renewal.

The first ceili of the year will be Saturday, September 17.

Week at the Gaeltacht: Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir

The Gaeltacht: Where Irish is First 
Freagraí as Gaeilge le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir

Dates: 7 – 13 August 2011

Full Package: $240
Banquet: $25
Field Trip: $15

Many have expressed interest in attending the Irish Language Summer Immersion Week at Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, but have not yet registered.

Registration may be completed online at: Week Payments.htm

Brochure at:

Further information:


Is ócáid iontach do Ghaeilgeoirí í an tseachtain samhraidh ag Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir. Tá cuairteoirí ann ó Cheanada, Éirinn, na Stáit Aontaithe, agus áiteanna eile nach iad. Is suíomh álainn suaimhneach í an Ghaeltacht, amach faoin tuath ar bhruach Abhainn na mBradán. Tá bia den chéad scoth ann, comhluadar breá Gaelach, aer úr, agus imeachtaí suimiúla lá agus tráthnóna.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Concert - July 28th: Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre Event

A fundraiser for the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre:

Caladh Nua 
- A Traditional Irish Band from Co. Waterford - 
Thursday July 28th 7:30pm
Hosted at the Residence of the Irish Ambassador
291 Part Road, Rockcliffe Ottawa

Tickets $30

Contact: Austin Comerton: or through our website using paypal:

Hope to see you there!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Rideau Canal Festival - Irish Concert Series

The Rideau Canal Festival will be holding an Irish Tribute concert on Saturday, July 30th and we're looking to generate interest in the Irish community on this event. The URL below has more details on the concert series (near the bottom).


via Krystin Kowbel

Almonte Celtfest Saturday Workshops

Almonte Celtfest 2011 Instrument Workshops
(sorry for late posting, but I get this stuff a bit late, too....)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

All workshops are 1 1/2 hours and will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Please register at the Old Town Hall before 11:15 – room locations will be provided at that time. We intend to hold all workshops within the Old Town Hall except for piano, which will be at the Mississippi Mills MusicWorks (we will give you directions at registration)

Fee is $20 cash or cheque (payable to Almonte Celtfest) at registration

While not necessarily intermediate, the workshops are intended for those who are familiar with their instruments and have mastered basic fingering and/or chording patterns, know some tunes, and would not be completely intimidated or uncomfortable playing with others in a slow jam. The intent of the workshops is to allow participants to hone the skills they have, pick up some new tips that will their improve playing, and possibly learn a new tune or two. The workshops being offered this year are listed below with their instructors, many of those being well-known to Valley Celtic musicians.

Irish Style Fiddle with Matt Pepin. Matt is well known to the Ottawa Valley traditional music scene having performed at Celtfest and regional events many times and through teaching fiddle at the Ottawa Folklore Centre and the Ottawa Valley School of Traditional Music in Almonte. Matt has toured extensively outside of Ontario, notably in Newfoundland and Ireland. Matt's fiddle playing blends traditional Irish and Scottish with his Old-Time, Valley, and Québecois roots to create a refreshing style of his own, which can be heard on his CD Pass It Down.

Cape Breton Style Fiddle with Don Fletcher. Don has been playing fiddle for over 25 years and enjoys many styles including Cape Breton, Irish, Québecois, and Bluegrass, and also teaches these styles. Don's playing is influenced by Jerry Holland, Howie McDonald, Liz Carroll, Jim Van Cleve, André Brunet, to name a few. He has been taught by many well-known fiddlers including Pierre and Louis Schryer, Denis Lanctot, Jerry Holland, JP Cormier, and Alasdair Fraser. Don is a regular at the many sessions held in and around the Ottawa area.

Piano Accompaniment with Jim Hunter. Jim is a well-known session piano player in Ottawa and began chording as a kid when the world was a lot younger. Over the years Jim has played piano accompaniment with many local Canadian and Celtic fiddlers and groups including the Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble, the Ottawa Comhaltas Ceili Band, the Dunvegan Ceilidh Band, the Valley Stompers, and the Sarah Burnell Band.

Bodhran & Bones with Alistair Dennett. Alistair spent 25 years in Winnipeg where he was involved with organizing their annual Irish Fest. During that time he learned to play the bodhran, bones, and other percussion instruments and played in various traditional folk bands such as Meadowlark, Marty's Party, Skruj McDuk, and The Duks. He also taught the bodhran privately and at various music camps, and also built drums and invented a single key tunable bodhran. Alistair continues to teach in Ottawa and also plays the drums with various artists around the city including Ball and Chain, Sneezy Waters, Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster/Lynn Miles) and Pat Moore's Vinyl Frontier.

Whistle & Flute with Chuck Quick. Chuck has a love of Celtic music and plays the whistle, wooden flute, and uilleann pipes with several Brockville groups includingFiddlers Plus and Avalon who perform regularly at community and related events in that area. He has taught whistle to seniors at St. Lawrence College in Brockville several times as a part of their Encore Programme.

Irish/Celtic Harp with Clare Dwyer. Clare grew up with Irish music and has been playing Irish and other Celtic music on the harp for many years. In addition to traditional music, step-dancing is also in the family and Clare has studied dance with the Canadian dance master, Gilles Roy. She is also well known in the region for generously hosting her house concerts throughout the year featuring Irish, U.S., and Canadian artists in all forms of Celtic music from fiddle to song. Clare recently spent a year in the Galway area, Ireland, where she studied both Irish harp and Sean Nos style step-dance.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

BBQ and Ceili on the Canal: Ottawa CCÉ Member Appreciation Day!

(...actually a picnic not a BBQ! But the fun and appreciation are still on!)

SATURDAY JULY 30th on the banks of the Rideau Canal
by the Bytown Museum

for the 
2-5 PM