Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Two Irish Traditional Music Concerts - great craic!

There are two GREAT Irish traditional music concerts coming up in Ottawa, and they are within a 7 day period. I am recommending both. Advance tickets are competitively priced for the quality of entertainment.

This Friday night (12 Oct) the first concert is Oirialla at the Gigspace Ottawa, located at 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, just up the street from the Gladstone Theatre (near Preston). Due to the size of the venue, which is intimate, there are two Seatings, one at 7:00 pm and one at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20. Trio Oirialla is comprised of fiddler Gerry O’Connor, accordionist Martin Quinn, and Breton composer and guitarist Gilles le Bigot. Their music showcases both Irish and Breton songs and tunes. Many of these come from the ancient, mystical Irish kingdom of Oriel whose music has developed as an eclectic mix of rhythms, melodies, and strong poetical lyrics. The three musicians making up Oirialla are renowned in their own right, and perform frequently as both soloists and ensemble players. The next day these musicians are offering workshops in their instruments. Tickets and all details are available through the link above.

Not a week later, on 18 October, the second concert is Echoes of Erin at Blessed Sacrament Church, located at 194 Fourth Ave, in the Glebe. This concert is a showcase for all that is best in Irish traditional music, song and dance. A stage of 15 musicians, top class performers from all over Ireland, in all fields display the highest standards and regional styles that have become synonymous with these events down through the years. These are the same performers who have already thrilled audiences throughout the length and breadth of Ireland during the Comhaltas Irish Tour. Tickets and all details are available through the link above.

One more thing. There will be free snacks at the Echoes of Erin concert, and a cash bar. After the show, local musicians who attend the concert are invited to bring their instruments and join the musicians travelling from Ireland off stage for a traditional pub session in the hall. It's going to be a time!  Parking is available on-street, and the nearby schools on Fourth Ave. have agreed to allow concert goers to park in their parking lots.

See you out at the gigs!

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