Tuesday, 15 May 2012

14th Annual Orangeville Fiddle and Step Dance Camp - 8-13 July 2012

Still time to sign up for Orangeville Fiddle and Step Dance Camp.

Instructors this year include...

Karen Reed, Cindy Thompson, Doug McNaughton, Kyle Charron, Celina DiCecca, Jake Charron - Accompaniment - guitar & piano. Step Dance - Sarah Robinson, Kyle Waymouth and Alanna Jenish.

More info at...

Registration at....

Bill Elliott,

(Forwarded from Chuck Q., and Janice P.)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

"Leargas" More Power to your Elbow (Uilleann Pipes)

Here is a fascinating documentary, divided into two parts, on YouTube, on some history of the uilleann ("ill'-en") pipes. Many famous players and makers are featured. Many parts of it are in the Irish language, which is fascinating in itself for non-speakers, with subtitles in English. It is really well worth a view.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCcB_8lg1B0

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn_W76Ad93U

Many thanks to YouTube user fergmaun, whoever he or she may be, for posting this gem!

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival - August 2012

The schedule and artist lineup for the Goderich Festival are now online. Of special note the Tannahill Weavers will be performing at the 2012 Celtic Roots Festival.

Also, the Celtic Roots Festival and Celtic Folk Society won Cultural Event of the Year at the 2012 Huron Arts and Heritage Network Cultural Awards, held April 14 in Bayfield. Congratulations to all the nominees!

For all the details, see their website: http://www.celticfestival.ca/fr_home.cfm

Gerry Timlin returning to Glengarry - 12 May 2012

Saturday May 12 at 8pm, in the Catholic Church, Celtic music is front and centre with Philadelphia based, renowned Irish folk singer Gerry Timlin returning to Glengarry for this special evening. Over the years he has shared the stage with The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Alisdair Fraser and The Battlefield Band to name but a few. Gerry will be joined in this concert by some of Glengarry’s finest including Denis Carr, Paddy Kelly, Ashley MacLeod, Kelsey McDonell and Paddy Maher - a talented musical combination worthy of Carnegie Hall.

This event is part of the Maxville MusicFest. This grass-roots community festival will be hosting its fourth edition May 11th – 13th, and with each successive year, interest in the festival continues to grow due to its diverse professional concert series, hosted in each of the four historic village churches. For more details & ticket info
visit http://www.maxvillemusicfest.ca/

Reel Blast Irish Set Dancing Weekend - 1-3 June 2012

1-3 June 2012, Toronto

As in past years, there will be ceilis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. You better start building up your stamina or you are going to run out of steam before the weekend is over.

We are excited to announce that Pat Murphy will our instructor for the weekend. The schedule for the weekend includes céilís on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

Additional information is available on the Reel Blast web site:

Mother's Day - Saint Brigid’s Pancake Breakfast

Come one, come all. The next breakfast will be held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th from 10:00 am to noon at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts. This is always a lively event. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and includes a great breakfast plus musical entertainment by very talented musicians from the local Irish community.

Address: 310 St. Patrick St (entrance on Cumberland Street) Info: 613-225-1830

June Art Fundraiser for the North American Gaeltacht

Artists, who engage in any of the visual and sculptural arts, are participating in an art exhibition sale and fund-raising event, with proceeds to go to the Permanent North American Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking area, which is located in Tamworth/Erinsville near Kingston. Submissions reflect the theme "Our Roots" and are examined by a jury. As this is a fund-raising event, artists are being asked to contribute a percentage of the sales.

This fund-raising exhibition will be held at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts from June 21 – 24, 2012. More details to come.

Volunteers are needed to help run the exhibition. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Toni Forsythe: 613-233-9927 or toni144 at gmail.com

Cape Breton Session - Upcoming musical events

Saturday May 26

Andrea Beaton, Allan Dewar, Troy MacGillivray
Cape Breton Square Dance and Ceilidh. St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts 310 St. Patrick St. Entrance to Kildare Room off Cumberland St. Square set instruction 7:30, dance and ceilidh 8pm. Open jam session - bring your instruments! Cash bar, all ages welcome. Additional entertainment by local musicians. The dance will be our first collaboration with St. Brigid's and the Irish Cultural Centre and we're really looking forward to it. We've got a wonderful lineup of musicians booked; Andrea, Troy and Allan have all toured extensively through the US and Europe and are home in Canada for a while. Andrea Beaton will be promoting her new CD released in January, "Little Black Book" which is comprised of all original instrumental compositions written in the traditional Cape Breton/Celtic style.

Tickets $10 advance $15 at door. Available at Ottawa Folklore Centre, from Brent MacDonald 613-233-3047 (brent.macdonald@rogers.com) or Beth MacGillivray
(cbsession@cbsession.com) Check the OCBS website http://www.cbsession.com/squaredanceMay2012.htm for more details on ticket availability.

Sunday May 27

Troy MacGillivray In Concert, with: Allan Dewar, Jake Charron.
Special Guests: Louis Schryer, Matt Pepin, Andrea Beaton, Terry Lynn Mahusky, Samantha Harvey, Sarah Robinson. The Almonte Town Hall Auditorium 7:30pm.

Tickets $20 available at: Mill Street Books, Almonte 613-256-9090 www.millstreetbooks.com