Wednesday, 29 August 2012

House Concert: Kelli Trottier with Greg Simm - Thursday, 6 September

Promoting her six independent recordings; singing, dancing and playing her way to the top of her musical genre, Kelli Trottier is an unforgettable and enchanting artist, consistently delivering performances that raise her stature in the hearts and memories of audiences everywhere.

Kelli blends traditional Celtic, contemporary Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Western Swing with her inspired fiddle and vocal arrangements. Kelli has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic.

She is currently touring North America with the very successful Bowfire entourage. Kelli’s soaring vocal pieces are a highlight of the Bowfire productions, often described as “The finest line-up of fiddle and violin virtuosi ever assembled on one stage."

- - Concert time: 7:30pm - -

Greg has been a mainstay on the Nova Scotian music scene for over thirty years. He has performed with artists as diverse as Denny Doherty, Lennie Gallant, Natalie MacMaster and Old Man Ludecke. He has appeared on over thirty CDs as a musician, engineer and producer.

For the last twenty years he has performed regularly with fiddler Gordon Stobbe for over twenty years and recently has been a member of the Stobbe, Trottier, Simm trio featuring Kelli Trottier.

Greg is also a guitar instructor teaching in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut as well as serving as Associate Artist at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro Nova Scotia.

$20  --  Seating is limited – All proceeds go directly to Kelli and Greg

To reserve your seats (and the address), email Graham at

On Central Park Drive, Ottawa
Light refreshment will be available during intermission (BYOB).
CDs available for purchase

Caint is Comhrá Gaeltacht Deireadh Seachtaine/Irish Language Weekend - 21-23 Sept

If you want to learn some Irish language, gear up for 21-23 September 2012 for the Caint is Comhrá Gaeltacht Deireadh Seachtaine/Irish Language Weekend. 

The location is the Galilee Mission Centre 398 John Street Arnprior, Ontario. For more information please contact: Joan O'Donoghue at (613) 729-0376, or Get the application form by clicking here (pdf).

Monday, 27 August 2012

Live Irish theatre - Stones in His Pockets - Gladstone Theatre season opener - 7 September 2012

Stones in His Pockets
Directed by John P. Kelly

The multi-award-winning Irish play Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones
opens The Gladstone’s exciting 2012-2013 season. By arrangement with Paul Elliott, Adam Kenwright & Pat Moylan, Presented by SevenThirty Productions.

September 7 to 29, 2012 (preview September 6)
8:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
3:00 p.m. matinees Saturdays & Sundays

SevenThirty Productions’ John P. Kelly returns this fall to kick-off the Gladstone’s 2012-2013 season with the world famous Irish two-hander Stones in His Pockets, featuring Ottawa favourites Zach Counsil and Richard Gélinas, from September 7 to 29.

This witty, funny and yet profoundly moving play by Marie Jones (A Night in November, Fly Me to the Moon) tells the story of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, two down-on-their-luck Irish lads living in rural County Kerry—a town recently overrun by a visiting Hollywood film crew. Stones in His Pockets won the prestigious Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy, and ran for four record breaking years in London's West End before being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Comedy when it transferred to Broadway for its successful three-year run.

Counsil and Gélinas’ standout performances in last season’s The 39 Steps garnered unprecedented media attention, and Kelly is delighted to showcase this dynamic duo once again this fall. “The two actors will portray more than fifteen different characters in the play,” says Kelly. “This acting tour-de-force is the perfect vehicle to showcase the versatility and talent of these two exceptional local performers. Ottawa audiences are in for a real treat.”

SevenThirty Productions and Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company are collaborating by co-promoting two plays by this famous author in their respective theatres, presented less than two months apart. Audiences can see Stones in His Pockets at the Gladstone in September and then her very latest Fly Me to the Moon at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre from October 30 to November 18. Both plays are directed by John P. Kelly.

New Book: "A Complete Guide to Playing Irish Traditional Music on the Whistle"

Steve Ducke recently contacted me to tell me of his new instructional book (and audio) for Irish tin whistle. It is entitled "A Complete Guide to Playing Irish Traditional Music on the Whistle".

This tutor book, with its accompanying audio files, is intended to give a complete introduction to playing Irish music in the traditional style on the tin whistle; it covers all from the very first notes on the instruments to the most advances ornamentation. The book is broadly divided into two parts, with the shorter first part covering the basics of the whistle (pages 1-48) while the longer second part (pages 49-286) covers the playing of Irish traditional music on the instrument

It is currently available as a download containing 1 print-friendly indexed pdf file (286 pages) and 429 audio files.

The tutor is available here:

Be sure to visit Steve's principal webpage:

Maugarot, 05190 THEUS

Ottawa Celtic Choir new season!

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is about to embark on a new season! If you're interested in singing Celtic songs, having a laugh and meeting some new friends, then come out to our first rehearsal, September 4th at St. John the Evangelist church on Somerset and Elgin. No pressure - if you like what you see, keep coming back! Reading music or speaking a celtic language is not a prerequisite to joining the choir, and there's no audition. Come and join a fun choir this year!

Contact: Ellen MacIsaac,

Celebrating Irish Theatre on August 28th


Fly with Stones
August 28, 5-7pm at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre
You are cordially invited to come celebrate the work of Irish playwright, Marie Jones, whose work is coming to Ottawa. Stones in His Pockets will be running at The Gladstone Theatre from September 7 - 29 and Fly Me to the Moon at the Great Canadian Theatre Company from October 30 - November 18, both directed by John P. Kelly.

We'd like you to come celebrate it with us on August 28th from 5 pm to 7pm at an event we are calling "Fly with Stones". This one-of-a-kind event at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre will celebrate the work of Marie Jones. The evening will feature actors from both plays in a script-off for the audience,. The female cast of Fly Me to the Moon will read from that play and the male cast of Stones in His Pockets will read from theirs and then they will switch and read from each others. Come celebrate Irish culture, the work of Marie Jones, and the coming together of GCTC and The Gladstone Theatre with some Irish themed music, food and drinks.

No RSVP necessary. Send this to anyone who loves theatre and everything Irish
Buy tickets for either show online at or
Come and see us 1233 Wellington Street W. (At Holland)
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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Navan 2 Navan - 9-16 August 2012

There is a visiting entourage from Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland, to Navan, ON, and Ottawa, with series of events planned from Thurs Aug 9th - Aug 16th. The event coincides with the Navan Fair.  There is an Irish music session Monday night at 8PM at the Heart and Crown in the Byward Market location.  Bring an instrument and sit in, or just listen to the great music and have a pint with the group.


Thurs 9:00am: A walking tour of Navan
Thurs 7:30pm Official Opening and Welcome at Navan Arena
Fri - At Navan Fair
Sat: 9:00 Community Breakfast
Sat 10:00: Parade
Sat 4:30: Gaelic Football v Ottawa Gaels (TBC)
Sun 8:00: Gaelic Hour
Sun 10:00: Ecumenical Service at Navan Church
Sun 1:00: Groups performs on stage at fair
Sun evening: BBQ (TBC)
Mon 9:00: Depart for visit to North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth
Mon 6:00: Reception
Mon 8:00pm: Irish music session at Heart and Crown (Byward Market)
Tue: 9:00am: Bus Tour of Ottawa
Tue afternoon Departs

The main webpage for the exchange is: