Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Shreem - Celtic Remixing, Debut Album

Here is something perhaps for the younger crowd? It's still dance music, but something you'd be more accustomed to hearing in a modern dance club. You can hear the reels, the jigs, polkas, the fiddle and the uilleann pipes! This is fun music.

With his current project, Shreem - Celtic Remixing, (Jason) Andrews’ musical journey has come full circle and brought him back to his traditional East Coast roots.  For Shreem, Andrews has developed a new sound, blending Celtic, electronic, and hip-hop music with hard-hitting drums and powerful, warm melodies.  Shreem - Celtic Remixing breathes new life into traditional Celtic music, infusing it with a fresh,  modern feel.  In Shreem we hear the influence of Celtic artists such as Slainte, Mhath and Flook, paired with electronic and hip-hop artists like Diplo, Grandtheft, and Keys N Krates.

Andrews’ style can best be described as a sonic “tour de force”, incorporating looping, vocal sampling, electronic percussion, beat boxing, and live musicianship.  Shreem - Celtic Remixing showcases each of these elements, while allowing the earthiness of traditional Celtic music to shine through.
On spotify:

Audio samples available on the Shreem website:

The Irish in Latin-America, 2 May 2017

A fascinating topic coming up in a lecture at U of O in early May.

Professor Dermot Keogh to give a lecture on the Irish and Latin America:
The Chair of Celtic Studies is very proud to able to welcome Emeritus Professor Dermot Keogh to give a lecture on the Irish and Latin America with special attention to Ireland’s historic connections with Argentina. He will be speaking on Tuesday, 2 May, 2017 in the Hamelin Building room 509 (Arts) of the University of Ottawa.

Professor Keogh was the first person to receive a doctorate in History and Civilisation from European University Institute, Florence; he was Fulbright Professor in California, 1983; Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Washington DC, 1988; Visiting Professor, History Department, Cornell University, 1989; Guest Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1991. Arts Faculty Research Merit award 1999. Lecturer and Professor, University College Cork, 1980-2010; Jean Monnet Professor, 1990-; Head of History, 2002-2009. Retired 2010. (text by Dr. P. Birt)

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The blog author also recommends you listen to this very interesting RTE Doc on One podcast about the Irish in Argentina

Outside Mullingar - Gladstone Theatre, 27 Apr - 6 May, 2017

For all the details and ticket purchase, please visit The Gladstone Theatre webpage for this production:

Outside Mullingar, by John Patrick Shanley
Presented by Blacksheep Theatre

Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Anthony and Rosemary have spent their entire lives on their adjoining farms in rural Ireland. Anthony’s father, an ailing widower after a piece of disputed turf, threatens to disinherit his childless son and leave his family farm to American cousins. Rosemary’s mother, a tremulous widow is just trying to keep a leash on her fierce daughter. These two eccentric souls will need to overcome bitter familial rivalries and their own stubborn pride, resolve a generations-old land dispute, and fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of future. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Written by Pulitzer, Oscar, and Tony winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck)

“Shanley’s finest work since DOUBT… a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love.” —New York Times.

The Trousers, CD Release concert, Sat 13 May 2017

The Trousers are a dynamic duo that showcases music from their roots. Multi instrumentalists Karson and Ross will keep your toes tapping with their unique arrangements of traditional irish, scottish and Cape Breton music. Their diverse musical background that spans across many genres including jazz, blues and classical brings a fresh sound on an old tradition. With music sure to keep your feet stomping, their performance also offers storytelling, a lot of laughs and an insight in how The Trousers pass on the tradition.

After a year together The Trousers are so pleased to release their first recording as a band. The EP brings together sets influenced by some of their biggest idols, new tunes and some old favourites.

234 Keyworth Ave, Ottawa
7-10 pm

$20.00 admission
$25.00 (admission + CD!)
$10.00 youth under 26
$15.00 youth + CD

Limited tickets!! Buy tickets online!

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Louis Schryer with Kanata Symphony Orchestra - 6 May 2017

Saturday May 6, at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue, enjoy the Kanata Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yves Lacoursiere, with Canadian Grand Master Fiddler Louis Schryer, present a musical celebration of 150 years "Glorious and Free."

Selections include:
"Wand of Youth Suite" by Elgar
"H.M.S. Pinafore" Ouverture by Arthur Sullivan
"Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilay" by Saint-Saens
featuring Louis Schryer 
"La Bottine Souriante" Medley
"Pastiche for Anne"
"Pettit Concerto for Jean Carrignon" arr Angus Armstrong
"Skinner Suite"
"Strings and Threads"

$15 Adults
$10 Children and Seniors

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Benefit Performance, Agatha Christie's "Towards Zero" - Sunday 23 April 2017

The Ottawa Little Theatre and Irish Seniors Social Group Ottawa present a benefit performance of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, on Sunday 23 April at 2PM at the Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue (near Rideau St). This is a fundraiser for the Senior's Group.

 Lady Tressilian, an old and humorless woman confined to her bed, invites several guests into her seaside home of Gull’s Point for two weeks at the end of the summer. Tennis star Nevile Strange, former ward of Lady Tressilian’s deceased husband, incurs her displeasure by bringing both his new wife, Kay, and his ex-wife, Audrey. As sinister secrets, betrayals and romantic misunderstandings bubble to the surface, can murder be far behind? Superintendent Battle, who is holidaying nearby in the home of his nephew, finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.

For this performance:
$20 Advance from 613-829-8467 or 613-241-1404, or at the Door.

More information HERE.

Old Sod presents two concerts: John Roberts (22 April), and Maja Jacobsen with David Boulanger (11 May)

For detailed information visit the Ottawa Contra Concerts page.

On Saturday April 22 it's John Roberts, considered a legend in North American traditional music circles and regarded as "the consummate folk singer's folk singer." Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave.

On Wednesday May 10, enjoy a concert at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave, with Maja & David. What do the reviewers have to say?

"This is a real feast for fiddle fans. Their two traditions blend sweetly and seamlessly... showing that springy Scandinavian dances can segue beautifully into raucous Quebecois reels, and that drone-rich Danish airs work beautifully with their Canadian cousins." - Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post

"Ingenious and very beautiful. Wonderful fiddle duets .... and in addition two exceptional singers" - Bengt Edqvist, LIRA Magazine (Sweden)

"... A sphere beyond time and geography." - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Quebec)

Sounds good to me. :)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Wayward Sound with Special Guest Birdie Whyte - Wed 12 April 2017

We are happy to announce our upcoming show with Birdie Whyte. Music starts at 8PM. Note that Pressed CafĂ© ( ) serves good food and drink, but the kitchen closes at showtime. If you want supper, come earlier and join us as we set-up. Decent beers on tap! Should be a fun night. check out Birdie's music too.

Wednesday at 8 PM - 11 PM
Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa

The Wayward Sound is Doug Crump (guitar, vocals), Michael Jonz (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Olivia Pelling (violin), and Vance Trudeau (whistle, accordion). Based in Ottawa since 2010, the group has developed its traditional, acoustic sound at pubs, festivals, and kitchen parties. On stage, The Wayward Sound weaves together their original folk and east-coast style music with the ancient, traditional tunes of the British Isles.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

"Celtic Canada" with the Ottawa Celtic Choir: 9 April 2017

Enjoy the sounds of the Ottawa Celtic Choir for a night of Celtic song from Canada (and a few other countries, for good measure).

Knox Presbyterian Church Ottawa
120 Lisgar St., Ottawa
Doors open at 7 pm
Music at 7:30

The Ottawa Celtic Choir was established in 2008, and reflects a rich heritage of Celtic music in our community and our country. We sing the music of the Celtic nations and diasporas, both accompanied and acapella, in English and in a variety of Celtic languages.

The OCC is a non-auditioned community choir. An ability to read music or speak one of the Celtic languages is not necessary to sing with us.