Thursday, 28 September 2017

Aerialists launch CD in Ottawa - 3 Oct 2017

Instrumental prog-trad band Aerialists have released their first full-length album Group Manoeuvre (September 19th) on BC indie label Fiddlehead Records.  They are playing in Ottawa on October 3rd at Bar Robo (Somerset west, Chinatown).

You can Listen Here:
Group Manoeuvre

Tracks 3 and 9 feature guest vocals from Emily Millard.

Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a post-rock coloured sound called prog-trad.

Featuring guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies), and fiddler Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter), the quintet draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.

Videos: live in studio at Berklee live on a Mayne Island clifftop

Old Sod Concert: UK artists Rosie Hood & Ollie King Sep 30th

The Old Sod Society Concert Series News                                 

September 2017

A quick reminder that our 2017-18 season starts on September 30th, with a concert by two brilliant young English folk artists, singer guitarist Rosie Hood and melodeon whiz, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ollie King. We hope you can make it to what should be a great night at the Rosemount Hall.

Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave Google map link
When: Saturday Sep 30th, 8pm (doors 7:30)
Admission: $23 advance/$25 at door (HST incl)
Tickets and info:

Rosie Hood

A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

"I have tried to depict the beautiful and the actual", wrote Alfred Williams in 1923 in the introduction to his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames. Williams not only provided the title for Rosie's debut solo album but also the starting point for Rosie's research into Wiltshire song. Williams did not collect melodies which further inspired Rosie to write her own tunes and, more recently, whole new songs that balance perfectly with the old material to make up The Beautiful and The Actual.

"She has a magical voice, an awareness of her roots, a sense of fun on stage, and of course, makes the most marvellous music" Radio 2

Ollie King

Firmly rooted in the English tradition, Ollie King's playing explores the emotive side of the melodeon which he showcases expertly through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon.

On his most recent solo album, as well as melodeon and voice, Ollie contributes electric guitar, piano, and duet concertina to further expand the sonic pallet and help to explore the nature of the folk process - how the music morphs and changes as it passes from person to person - and how this process affects other music.

Described by Andy Cutting as "one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England", Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox and continues to augment that Instrument's settings.

"For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to." – fRoots Magazine

Listen to/watch Rosie at:

Listen to/watch Ollie at:

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Ottawa Celtic Choir wants YOU !

Do you like Celtic music? Always liked singing in choir, or always wanted to sing in one? The Ottawa Celtic Choir is always happy to welcome new members.

In particular, the choir is looking for tenors and basses, but all are welcome regardless of which part you sing!

Join us for our first rehearsal on September 5th at 7:15 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church on the corner of Elgin and Somerset.

Contact Ellen MacIsaac at ellen @ for more details (and other rehearsal opportunities).