Thursday, 30 June 2016

House Concert with Paddy Keenan and Brian Taheny (Kingston, ON), 8 July 2016

If you can, don't miss this golden opportunity to see and hear the living legend . . . Paddy Keenan, founding member of the Bothy Band.

Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan, Sr. of Westmeath and the former Mary Bravender of Co. Cavan. The Keenans were a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was 14. He later played with the rest of his family in a group called The Pavees.

Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran; both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same style. Although often compared to Doran, Paddy was 19 or 20 when he first heard a tape of Doran's playing; his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence Paddy Keenan, YouTube Paddy Keenan Biography

Brian Taheny is one of the absolute best mandolin players of Irish music around. Brian immigrated to Toronto from County Sligo about 25 years ago and is a multi-instrumentalist playing mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, cittern, tenor banjo and more but he has a particular love for the mandolin. He plays at warp speed with incredible lift and constantly changing ornamentation and knows more tunes than anyone I have ever met. He has recorded on over 70 albums, but the only CD on which he plays exclusively mandolin is one called Mando Lore with Andrew Collins. As Brian has a day job, he is not as well known as he should be. Brian Taheny, youtube

202 Main Street, Barriefield
Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:30
$20 advance (until July 4, $25 at the door)

Byrne and Kelly, at Live on Elgin, 10 July 2016

What started out as Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" has now developed into the recording of their Billboard World Album Chart #1 "Acoustically Irish" and three years of touring North America and upcoming tours of Australia and Canada. The Irish Music Association of America awarded Ryan and Neil with "Best Duo" in a Concert, Pub, Festival and "Best New Album" in 2013 for "Acoustically Irish". In addition to the Billboard Chart #1 position, "Acoustically Irish" was an iTunes US, Canada and Australia World Album Chart #1, Amazon US World Album #1 and Celtic Album #1 and a CD Baby Global Chart #1. In March 2016, Ryan and Neil released their first ever originals album, "Echoes", which debuted at the top of Amazon's World Music "Traditional Folk" and "Traditional Celtic Folk" charts as well. To find out more about "Byrne and Kelly" check out their website

July 10th
220 Elgin St., 2nd Floor
Doors at 12:30pm ; Showtime at 1pm
Tickets available at:

Concert info:

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Reminder - Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, 4 July 2016


A reminder that we have the first of two extra summer concerts coming up on Monday July 4th with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, and tickets are available from our website.

As long time stalwarts of the Derbyshire folk scene they are well known in England and great ambassadors for English music wherever they tour. Both fine singers and concertina players, they bring a repertoire of great songs--old, new and timeless--to each performance.

Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and across the globe. Both have very wide ranging repertoires, strong voices and uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery, affording an exciting enhancement in duo and between them produce a striking acapella harmony sound. With a formidable 40+ years history of performing experience behind them, their recorded work is matched only by their live gigs which are always a vocal and musical revelation as well as a hoot! They also frequently accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English invented musical instrument – the Concertina.

Come listen and sing along with two of the best! Here are the details:

Monday July 4th, 8pm. Doors open 7:30

Rosemount Community Hall, 41 Rosemount.
Tickets $18 in advance from,
or $20 at the door.

Celtic Folk Night (CFN) New Venue

The Celtic Folk has found a new venue as of Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, from 7 - 10:30 pm at the Oh So Good cafe, 261 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

The cafe is licensed as well as serving coffee, tea, juice, sandwiches, meals and desserts. Parking is available at the side and rear of building, as well as on Richmond Road. Their website is

The venue is owner/family run, in business since 1994. Kevin D. is a regular customer there! Given the CFN recent experiences with pubs, Kevin, as host, believes this new venue should be supported in the spirit of the CFN - please pass the word.

Kevin D.
Host, CFN