Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Siamsa Singers - Celtic Waves - Sat April 30 (Montreal)

Siamsa Singers - CELTIC WAVES
Chanteurs Siamsa - VAGUES CELTIQUES

Saturday, April 30 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Songs from sea to shore - Chansons de la mer à la rive

Wesley United Church
5964 ave Notre-Dame-de-Grace
Montreal, QC


$10 adults $5 students & children

A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit WaterCan

Upcoming Irish events at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts!

Saint Brigid's Centre, home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5.

SUNDAY MAY 8th 2011

Featuring musical entertainment by our very talented and dedicated volunteer musicians from the Irish community.

Breakfast is for all ages, and everyone is welcome!
COST: Adults: $5, Children $3
TIME: 10 am – NOON
Pancakes, Ham, Home Fries, Juice, Fruit, Tea/Coffee
Live music, good food, and good company at an affordable price!
If you would like to purschase baked goods, please feel free to drop in!
Info: Ann 613-225-1830
Entrance to Kildare Room on Cumberland Street

THURSDAY JUNE 16th 2011 @ 7:30 pm
The 3rd ANNUAL 'BLOOMSDAY' Celebrations 2011
James Joyce 'Ulysses' Plays the Gaiety Theatre
"The Grand old Lady of South King Street" Dublin
Proceeds of this event will go to support:
Saint Brigid's interpretive centre and visual display project
TICKETS: $20:00 in advance
$25:00 at the Door
Phone:613-244-737 email:
TIME: 7:30 pm CASH BAR

Wanted: Musicians for May Day on Parliament Hill

The Ottawa Labour Council has asked Kevin Dooley to supply some Irish music at a Mayday Rally for Jobs and Pensions.

For the Rally
Sunday May 1st..12:30 P.M.
Meet at the steps on Parliament Hill

For the May Day Picnic
1:30 at Victoria Island
Please reply to Kevin at 613 726 7583

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

april 30 irish dance

reminder that the last irish social dance for the season is this saturday april 30.
st margaret mary church, 7 fairbairn ave.
doors open 7:30, lessons start 7:50, dancing starts 8:00.
free food will be put out around 10:00 p.m., feel free to bring anything to share.
There will be extra door prizes this time.

The new schedule for the next season is available and will be the last saturday of each month beginning in september at the same place.


Sunday, 17 April 2011

Irish Language , Music and Arts Workshops - Kingston, Weekend of 29 April

On the weekend of April 29, 30 and May 1: Irish Language Weekend at the Seniors' Centre - 56 Francis Street, Kingston.

As part of the weekend there will be workshops Saturday and Sunday and a dinner and ceili on Saturday Night (8 - 11:30).

The workshops are listed below.

Singing: Lúibíní (Yolanta Kruk + Pádraig Mac Lochlainn)
Music: Traditional Jigs and Reel (Paul Legrand)
Dancing: Set Dancing (Maureen Mulvey)
Stained Glass: Paul Davison

Singing: Sean Nós
Music: Traditional Jigs and Reel (Paul Legrand)
Dancing: Sean Nós
Bodhrán: Jack Hickman
Writing: Aoife Ní Churraoin, Gaby Monaghan

If you would like to attend the whole weekend you are more than welcome. Costs for people not requiring accommodation are $150 ($240 if you want accommodation) and that includes dinner Friday, lunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner Saturday. All classes, workshops and the ceili are included.

If you want to attend individual workshops the cost is $15, $10 for Comhaltas members

For the dinner the cost is $25; the ceili is $12 ($10 for Comhaltas members). If you would like to attend both the cost is $30. If there are any students who would like to come to the ceili the cost is still $5 ($25 for dinner and ceili).

If you are going to attend the whole weekend or the dinner Saturday we have to know by no later than April 22 to give numbers to the Seniors Centre. For the workshops and ceili just come to the Senior's Centre at the appropriate time.

For a brochure containing more detailed information, contact Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, 613-514-6000, or  (Clare Dwyer also has this information.)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Siamsa Ceili (Montreal) - Saturday April 16


Saturday April 16, 8:00PM
Admission is 10$
Where: Royal Canadian Legion
5455 de Maisonneuve Blvd West
Corner Addington Street, in Montreal
It's a 5 minute walk from the Vendôme metro station

For more information:

Siamsa Ceili

Samedi le 16 avril, 20h00

Prix d'entrée : 10$
Où : Légion Royale Canadienne
5455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest
Au coin de la rue Addington,
à Montréal
C'est à 5 minutes de marche du métro Vendôme.

pour plus d'informations consultez:

Tommy Tiernan - Live in Ottawa, 7-8 May 2011

Tommy Tiernan is doing two shows in Ottawa, May 7 and May 8. They are sure to sell out, and nearly are!  For what's left (I should have been paying much more attention...) check the NAC boxoffice, or the Buy links from the linked webpage.

"Hailed as 'The Funniest Living Irish Person' by Ireland's People of the Year Awards, Tommy not only smashes box office records in his homeland, but across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Now it's time for Canada!"

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Concert - Nightingale, 20 May 2011

The Old Sod Society is very happy to present Nightingale ( in concert.

Over the past decade the three superb musicians who make up Nightingale, Becky Tracy (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (piano, accordion) and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) have charmed audiences with their vibrant and imaginative explorations of musical traditions that carry listeners across New England to Québec, Newfoundland, Ireland, France and beyond. From a Newfoundland ballad to a blazing set of Irish reels, from a rollicking Québecois chanson-à-répondre to a lilting bourrée from central France, their song and tune arrangements find the perfect balance between tradition and innovation.

Friday, May 20th at 8 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, Compact Music, at the door and online at

Please visit or call 613 725-3709 for more information.

Book Reading, 30 April, with Kevin Dooley - "The Angira Legacy"

Join Kevin Dooley, local Irish traditional musician and author, as he reads from his new novel The Angira Legacy . . . "an explicit and graphic saga of a Celtic People."

On Saturday April 30th, 2011, 12 - 2 pm
At Chapters, Pinecrest Mall, 613 596-3003
(Kevin has travelled the world throughout his life and weaves stories as only the Irish can! - ch)

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The Reel Blast (Toronto set dancing weekend)

Dance maniacs ... plan ahead for the Toronto Set Dance Weekend, The Reel Blast, 20-22 May, 2011. The schedule of events includes a Welcome Ceili, set dance workshops, a Ceili Mor, more workshops, and a Farewell Ceili. If that wasn't enough, there are Irish music sessions, and three different ceili bands!! For Ottawans the timing is unfortunate in that the final CCE Ottawa ceili for the season is on the same weekend.  Check the links in this posting for all the details.

Danny O'Connell Fiddler's Friends Benefit Concert - 1 May 2011

1st May 2011, 1-4 PM
Almonte Old Town Hall

Some of the Players:
Ernie Fraser - Terri Lynn Mahusky - Kyle Felhaver - Matt Pepin - Denis Lanctôt

Some of the Recipient Performers:
Tessa Bangs - Elly Wedge - Ellen Daly

Article in April's issue of The Humm:

Interested in good old time Ottawa Valley traditional fiddle and dance? Join the Fiddler's Friends benefit concert at Almonte Old Town Hall on Sunday May 1.

Proceeds from this event support the Community Foundation of Ottawa's Danny O'Connell Memorial Fund established in 2004 and will feature recent recipients of the cash award as well as friends, colleagues and supporters of Ottawa Valley traditional music.

The fund was initiated in Danny's name to provide encouragement and financial help to traditional Ottawa Valley under 25 fiddlers. Recipients are nominated by three respected organizations with long-term records of interest in the musical tradition – The Renfrew County Fiddlers, The Irish Society of the National Capital Region, and the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society. Each society presents a representative from its current crop of upcoming young talent annually. In this way the fund helps to shine the spotlight on many more young musicians than the deserving winners of the annual award.

The award is produced from capital generated by donations from the O'Connell family and friends of traditional music, is owned by the CFO and administered by them to ensure that the award will continue in perpetuity.

A partial list of performers at this musical treat includes Kyle Felhaver, Terri-Lynn Mahusky, Matt Pepin, the Barley Shakers, Monday Night Fiddlers, and Celtic Guitar guest performer Ernie Fraser.

Highlighting the afternoon are performances by award recipients Joe Gervais, Amy Felhaber, Elly Wedge, Ellen Daly, and Tessa Bangs.

All performers are donating their talent to support Valley traditional music. If you are a fan you are sure to enjoy this concert. If the genre is new to you come out for a spirited introduction to a lively and energetic presentation by highly talented youngsters and accomplished vintage performers.

Musical friends, enthusiastic and talented performers, a festive family atmosphere, great libation and gastronomic offerings by Foodies Fine Foods – Perfect!

Tickets are $15.00 and available at Mississippi Mills Musicworks, Couples Corner and at the door. Advance sales available by telephone at Mill Street Books 613 256 9090. Information at 613 256 3786.

Laura Guthrie
(Daughter of Dan O'Connell)

Saturday, 2 April 2011

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 submissions must fall into one of the following categories:

a) An arrangement of a folksong or set of folksongs from one of the Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island)

b) An original choral composition based on a text with an obvious connection to Canada's East Coast. This may include a text by an East Coast writer or a text with Atlantic Canadian subject matter. If in doubt concerning the suitability of a proposed text, please contact for clarification.

All styles of composition will be considered, but one of the judging criteria is the suitability of the work for performance by Atlantic Voices, so entrants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our choir and particularly with some of our recent concert programmes. In addition, although all submissions will be accepted and adjudicated equally, entrants are strongly encouraged to avoid submitting new arrangements of pieces which have already been repeatedly arranged for choral performance or pieces which Atlantic Voices has previously performed on multiple occasions. For a list of choral arrangements that Atlantic Voices has performed please visit our website:

Contest entries must be received electronically or postmarked no later than October 31st, 2011. 

For further, detailed, information (specifications, copyright, etc.) please contact:

Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011
82 Prince Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1K 2A1

Friday, 1 April 2011

CCE Ceili Program for 2 April 2011

Many thanks to all of you who came and celebrated St Patrick's day with us. It was a wonderful night. Hope you will join us again next year. Many thanks to all who volunteered to help with the set up, take down, and clean up that night! Your help did not go unnoticed.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

For both April and May ceilis:
Fundraising indoor 'garage sale' of culturally appropriate items (CDs, pottery, sheet music, etc).

For the April 2nd ceili, the program will be drawn from the following:


SPECIAL GUESTS performers at the break:
Ar n-Òran Gaidhlig choir


Refreshments / Raffle and Draw


All of these dances can be found on YouTube.

Time: 8PM-Midnight.
Admission: $12 non-members / $10 members.

Concert/Reading - McGee Band and author David Wilson at CMC

Time: 14 April 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Location: At the Voyageur Salon, Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC), 100, rue Laurier Street, Gatineau.

Join the McGee Band and author David Wilson for an evening of lively traditional style music and readings from speeches, letters and poetry .

Tickets $5 at the box office.