Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Masters of the Celtic Harp: Workshops & Concert - 6-7 April 2018


Two of the Foremost Harpers of Ireland and Scotland Together
Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson: Two Sides of Celtic
in Ottawa, April 6-7,2018


Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $22 at the door, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masters-of-the-celtic-harp-direct-from-ireland-tickets-42368818276

WORKSHOPS (suitable for harpists with 1+yrs experience)

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, 35 Stafford Rd, in Bells Corners (plenty of free parking)
Times: 10-11:30am Grainne Hambly (The Jig is Up)
12:30-2pm William Jackson (Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall)
2:30-4pm Grainne Hambly (Irish Traditional Dance Music)

Tickets: $40 for 1 workshop, $70 for 2 workshops, $100 for all 3 workshops
REGISTRATION: To register for the workshops (or workshops AND concert), please print off this PDF and send it back to me, either by scanning/attaching, or by regular mail. Payment can be done by e-transfer or cheque. All of this information can be found on the PDF, as well as on my website: http://www.susantoman.com/related-events.html

* Registration deadline is March 25, 2018

Find out more about the artists here:

Biographies: http://www.harpagency.com/artist1.htm
Interview with the artists: http://irishphiladelphia.com/2007/12/interview-with-harpers-grainne-hambly-and-billy-jackson/


The Jig is Up: There's nothing that says Irish so much as the sound of a jig. Yet getting that "lilt" is a nuance that escapes many players just reading eighth notes on sheet music. Learn a jig or two from a master player and find out how to get the lightness and lift into your playing.

Blind Harpers: who was Rory Dall? A look at the music attributed to the 17th century blind harpers Rory Dall Morrison of Scotland and Rory Dall O'Catháin (Roger O'Keane ) of Ireland, and the confusion over the authorship of their compositions. Their music is very different than that of O'Carolan, probably the best-known, today, of the blind harpers.

Irish Traditional Dance Music: An Introduction to Ornamentation and Arranging: Learn about the different types of ornamentation used in Irish music, how to play them, and how to apply them to a basic melody. Some approaches to creating interesting and stylistically appropriate arrangements will also be covered. The difference between how dance tunes are notated and how they should be played will also be discussed.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s Day Concert, Friday 16 March at Saint Brigid's

Saint Patrick's on FRIDAY 16 March

Friday night, March 16. One day to go before official Saint Patrick's.  Whaddya gonna do?  You're going to go to the best Celtic music night you can find east of Myanmar! And you're going to like it.

Speed thee to Saint Brigid's Centre, at Cumberland and Murray, near The Byward Market, home to the The National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre.

Caution: Musicians NOT TO SCALE

You're in for a very lively St. Patrick's Day celebration, featuring some of Ottawa's Finest Celtic musicians, including the TrousersHiberniaAlexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie (sample), and Kyle Burghout and Tyson Chen.

All ages welcome. Cash bar.  Food available


Youth – 25 and under: $10
General: $20

Show Starts: 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM

Undecided? Do not delay! Check their impressive bios at the Saint Brigid's concert webpage.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Theatre: A Night in November at The Gladstone (Little Italy) - 13-17 March 2018

Must see live theatre in Ottawa

A Night in November

Gladstone Theatre
March 13-17, 2018
Monday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Preview Monday March 12, at 7:30pm

Starring Pierre Brault
Written by Marie Jones

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, actor Pierre Brault is back in his award* winning role as Kenneth McCallister, proud Ulsterman, welfare clerk and dyed-in-the-wool bigot who is the embodiment of sectarian hatred until the fateful day he finds himself in the crowd watching Northern Ireland vs the Republic in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

For more information and tickets:

Blogger's note: THIS is one of the most amazing plays I have ever seen by arguably one of the best stage actors in Canada. Have I seen plays on Broadway? No. It doesn't matter, this is an incredible story, and if you love great acting, and any interest in anything Irish, then double whammy, you need to go see this production. The stage is set minimally. Everything is in the story and its telling by the master, Pierre Breault. You will never forget it. I really promise you. You will laugh, you will cry. It's much better than Cats.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Saint Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance - 17 March 2018!

Check out a great night for Saint Patrick's Day, Saturday March 17, with a dinner and dance. Certain to provide a taste of Ireland for the mouth and the dancing feet. Live band, called dances, beginners welcome.

Saint Patrick Basilica
Kent & Nepean Streets

Go to brownpapertickets.com for tickets: Enter St Patrick Basilica to access tickets.

Choral: A Celtic Night at the Movies! - Sunday 11 March 2018

Join the Ottawa Celtic Choir (and Facebook) for a night of movie music - Celtic movie music! This is a concert of Celtic songs featured in movies (and maybe a popular TV show or two), sure to delight.

"A bit of a departure from our regular repertoire, but we're very much looking forward to it!"

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Admission is by donation at the door - pay what you can.

Sunday at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Luke's Anglican Church, Ottawa
760 Somerset St. West (Chinatown)

Irish Film Festival Ottawa releases 2018 selection

For more information visit the IFFO Webpage.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

St Patrick's Day warm up! Celebrate with Live Irish Music on March 10 and 11 at Saint Brigid's

Seriously, would I steer you wrong? It's always the craic* at Saint Brigid's!
(*loosely, Irish for "good time")


Click this link to Saint Brigid's (Cumberland St. on the edge of The Market) to learn more about to following fun events the whole family can enjoy:

Come Celebrate Being Irish – Dan McHale & Friends
March 10th 2018 12:30pm

Live Celtic Music & Pancake Breakfast
March 11th 2018 10:00am

Irish Arts Ottawa Monthly Sunday Sessions
March 11th 2018 2:00pm

Monday, 5 March 2018

Clan Hannigan at MERA Schoolhouse, McDonald's Corners, Lanark - 11 March 2018

Clan Hannigan is an intergenerational family band based out of Baltimore, Ontario, that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape. Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins have been mainstays on the traditional Irish and world music scenes for the last thirty plus years working with acts like. Uriah Heep, Loreena McKennitt, Olivier Schroer, Julian Lloyd Weber, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Martin Carthy, Sin É, LinnTilla, The Afro Celt Sound System, The Chieftains and countless others.

Rawlins Cross come to Centrepointe Theatre! - 2 May 2018

Rawlins Cross (named for a famous crossroads in St. John's, Newfoundland), one of Canada's most accomplished and beloved Celtic rock bands, have rekindled the magic with their recent release, Rock Steady. Rock Steady is the ninth studio project for Rawlins Cross and one of the most personal, with six original tracks being written by the band. Equally at ease with a soulful Highland Air or a raucous party song, Rawlins Cross never fails to electrify.

Tickets are on sale now! 

101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON  K2G 5K7
Toll-free: 1-866-752-5231

Ben Miller & Anita McDonald in concert at La Grange de la Gatineau - 17 March 2018

Celebrate St. Patrick's day in fine Celtic style! Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as 
"one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today."(Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, Producer/Host CBC).
Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by friends from the Maritimes and beyond. Supported by Zakk Cormier guitarist, and specialist of Acadian foot percussion, they create a sound that has captivated audiences across North America and further afield.

A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries - equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage. "... Fiery, fresh, yet totally traditional." (Alex Monaghan, Piping Today Magazine).

Location and more information:
March 17th
8 PM

La Grange de la Gatineau
80 Chemin Summer
Cantley, QC