Monday, 24 March 2014

Concert Kelli Trottier with Greg Simm , and Second Annual Music for Malcolm Fundraising - 4-5 April 2014

More going on the Cape Breton fiddle fraternity these days...

Apr 4—Special Event: 8pm Concert Kelli Trottier with Greg Simm, Parish Hall, church of St. Barnabas 394 Kent Str (at James), Ottawa. Tickets: $20. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. For more information or to reserve contact Andrew John at 613-225-8768, 613-794-1936 or

Apr 5—Special Event: 1pm-5pm Second Annual Music for Malcolm Fundraising event in memory of fiddler Malcolm Dewar. Metcalfe Centre (formerly Angus Gray Hall) Maxville, ON. *Advance tickets now available* An afternoon of fiddling, step dancing and Celtic song featuring Glengarry Strathspey and Reel Society, Kyle Felhaver, Pat Denelly, Troy MacGillivray and more. Partial proceeds will go to You and Me for Memories Alzheimer's research foundation. Lunch will be served. Cash bar. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door. For tickets and information: Dawn Dewar 613-859-7869 or



Sunday, 23 March 2014

Cape Breton Ceilidh and Square Dance - 29 March 2014

March 29 7:30 pm square set instruction, 8 PM dance ceilidh and square
dance with ANDREA BEATON, TYSON CHEN and ERNIE FRASER. Sponsored by Ottawa Cape Breton Club and Cape Breton Session. Montgomery Legion Hall 330 Kent St. at MacLaren. Tickets in advance $10 at Sunday Sessions, from Brent MacDonald 613-233-3047 by email money transfer to Tickets at door $15.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

John P. Christopher and Greg T. Brown - 5 April, Museum of Nature

John P. Christopher will be performing, and story telling, along with fiddler accompanist Greg T. Brown, at the Nature Museum Cafe in Ottawa on Saturday night  7-10 PM on April 5, ......As well, they will be giving a one-hour concert on  Sunday April 6 outside on the Museum's plaza (food festival site) from 1-2 PM. Check it out the museum's "Edible Arctic Festival" April 3-April 6

John is also the author of Molasses, Bread & Tea and has three CDs, Having a Time, Live at Gate 403, and Tea or Tequila.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

St. Patrick's Ceili, 15 March 2014. The real Irish evening.

There's only a few days left to buy tickets, but if you're looking for a great night out on this coming Saturday night, why not get tickets for the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Annual St. Patrick's Ceili? This grand event is held at 194 Fourth Ave, in Ottawa's Glebe, in the basement of Blessed Sacrament Church.

Doors open at 5:30, and a super tasty meal is served up by Franz Gierer, a European chef, at 6PM. After the dining tables are cleared of the 3 course meal, the large and live ceili band strikes up and the Irish dancing begins! The dances are a combination of ceili dances (large group participation). These dances are easy and instructions are given before and during the dance. There is also set dancing, which if you're not familiar can best be described as the Irish version of square dancing (better music, wink!). Instructions for set dances are also given.

This event is fun for the whole family, and is a nice break from the drink-your-head-off crowds filling the bars. No green beer is served (when did THAT start?), and after an hour of dancing, there is live entertainment for viewing. The dancing resumes, and then another break time where free Irish soda bread with jam and cheese, and tea, tea!

If you don't make it this Saturday, try going to any one of a number of ceilis Comhaltas holds during the year, on the third Saturday of the month, in the basement of Blessed Sacrament Church. Save on babysitting costs, bring the kids! They have dancers from age 3 and well up into their 90s on many occasions. 


Dinner and Ceili Tickets: HERE

Irish Music Ottawa webpage tidied up!

Last week the Irish Music Ottawa website underwent a much needed cleanup. While it still looks pretty much the same (keeping it simple), there are now there tabs along the top, so that it's not just one huge long page. The editing is done online now, and it's a cleaner interface than the old (ancient) version of Frontpage I was using. Thanks to my lovely wife for doing this for me! xo

Check it out at


Friday, 7 March 2014

The Birth of "Folk at the Oak" !

This coming Sunday afternoon (9th March 2014) sees the birth of a new Folk Club in town, Folk at the Oak. I am hoping to hold a 'get-together' on the second Sunday of the month for the next 4 months to gauge the interest. It is upstairs at the Royal Oak pub on Echo Drive (Pretoria Bridge). Whether you are a performer or listener, you are welcome to come along, starting at 2 pm and hoping to keep it going until 4 pm at least. There will be a sign up list for those who want to perform and each person/group will have 10-15 minutes to sing or play. I'm hoping the material will be slanted towards a traditional/familiar/established repertoire. It will be acoustic unless this proves to be impractical. It's FREE!

Hope to see you there. Feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
Neville Miller