Monday, 9 October 2017

Concert: Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Duo - Thursday 26 October 2017 (7:30 PM)

A must-not-miss concert!

This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year (Gradam Cheoil TG4), has presented its unique musical vision in twenty-two countries on five continents to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne - a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions - and what The West Australian calls “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit”! 

Máire Ní Chathasaigh

“Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” THE IRISH TIMES

“Blazing guitar and dancing harp” DIRTY LINEN (USA)  

”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility”  SONGLINES

“Remarquables de virtuosité et de grâce” TRAD Magazine (France)
"Máire is the greatest Celtic harpist of our age" Live Ireland

"The most interesting & original player of our Irish harp today" Derek Bell (harper of The Chieftans)

Máire is “the doyenne of Irish harp players” (Scotland on Sunday) and one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians: she was described by the late Derek Bell as “the most interesting and original player of the Irish harp today”. As a teenager in the 1970s she invented a whole new style of harping that quickly became the norm amongst both her contemporaries and the younger generation of Irish players. In 2001 she received Irish music’s most prestigious award, that of Traditional Musician of the Year – Gradam Cheoil TG4 – “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers”. A busy international touring schedule has brought her to twenty-two countries on five continents. 

Chris Newman

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling”
“Dazzling virtuosity”
“Chris is amazing... one of our greatest musicians”
Chris is a “brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar” (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH), a “dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA) whose work is “nothing short of brilliant” (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. A prolific composer, arranger and record producer, he’s played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Kathryn Tickell, Danny Thompson), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli, Diz Disley and Danny Thompson again) and comedy (Fred Wedlock, the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra) – receiving a silver disc for producing Fred’s international hit The Oldest Swinger in Town, to which he also composed the tune and which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries.

Reviews of live performances

For more information and how to obtain tickets, please click the link to Saint Brigid's Centre:

Ottawa Irish Arts, Ceili (social dance) - 14 October 2017

The Ottawa Irish Arts October ceili (social dance) is Saturday 14 October in the church hall of Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Ave (at Percy St.), in the Glebe. Start at 7PM.

Kids 12 and under are free, and students are $5 admission. Non-members $15. Expect wonderful live Irish music from the award winning ceili band, a cash bar, laughs and giggles as you make your way through the dance steps, Irish food, tea and snacks, 50/50 draw, and entertainment!

All abilities welcome. no experience is necessary. You will be guided through the dance steps by their excellent dance callers.

If you are keen, they ask that you try out your Halloween costume out!

More information at

Concert: Soulwood, 14 Oct 2017

Old Sod presents 3 great Quebec-based singers and multi instrumentalists in Soulwood, on Oct 14th.  

Soulwood individually Daniel Haché, Alex Kehler and Willy LeMaistre, present a remarkable mixture of songs and tunes from Louisiana to Acadia to Scandinavia and many points between, on a variety of acoustic instruments. 

When: Saturday, October 14, 8pm (doors 7:30)
Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave., Ottawa
Tickets: $20 advance, $23 at door (under 16 $10)

Tickets and info at

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).

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Daniel O'Donnell in Concert - Montreal 21 September 2017

See Daniel O’Donnell, on his return to Canada to support the Back Home Again album tour in September.  The tour will see the record breaking singer blaze a trail to 10 provinces across Canada.

The nearest show to Ottawa is Montreal,  on Thursday 21 September at the beautiful and famous Saint Denis Theatre, on rue St. Denis.


YOU can win two tickets for the Montreal show from Irish Music Ottawa and Strut Entertainment!

The winners will be selected on September 4 by random draw (each entry will have  ticket assigned here at I.M.O. world headquarters). The contest is for 2 tickets only and does not include any travel or accommodations (Retail value for each ticket is about $100). Duplicate entries ignored.

NOTE: please enter the contest only if you genuinely plan to attend the concert in Montreal.

How to enter: Check the Irish Music Ottawa webpage and the Irish Music Ottawa Facebook Group for details on how to enter. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

The Story so Far...

Daniel burst into superstardom in the USA & Canada back in 2002 with his first ever PBS special – The Daniel O’Donnell Show. That began a special relationship between Daniel and PBS and since then, he has recorded a further thirteen specials, with ‘Back Home Again’ being his fourteenth one in 2016. This fantastic selection of songs is presented on this 2 CD / 37-track DVD set recorded and filmed in Ireland, on this new US TV Special.

The Irish singer made record-breaking chart history earlier this year by becoming the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30-year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds U2.  Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart.

Listen to Daniel’s new album Back Home Again (Soundcloud)

For complete tour dates and ticket information, please visit
(Link for direct ticket purchase

Twitter: @strutent
Instagram: @strutent

Kyle Burghout CD Release Concert - Sat 23 Sept 2017

Hosted by Mill Road Community Space/ Espace Communautaire du chemin Mill

Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Mill Road Community Space - 8 ch Mill, Chelsea QC

Ticket Information:

Monday, 14 August 2017

A Celtic Celebration with Anna Ludlow - 10 Sept 2017

Anna Ludlow Music and Tyson Chen Music are headlining an East Coast Celtic Kitchen Party benefit concert for Faith Ottawa Lutheran Church.

This church has supported Ottawa Cape Breton Session over the years by providing their facilities for many workshops, performances and rehearsals for free. It's time to give back by supporting this event which will pay for renovations that have significantly improved the performance space. Without this venue the learning opportunities that OCBS provides would not be possible. Please come out for a good time and to support a good cause. Doors open at 3:45 for the 4pm concert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under at

Ontario Festival of Small Halls - Ashley MacIsaac - Friday 29 Sept 2017 (Maxville)

What else needs to be said about Ashley MacIsaac? Not much, he's a popular performer! More info here at the Ontario Festival of Small Halls website.

Internationally acclaimed Canadian fiddling sensation, Ashley MacIsaac, constantly pushes the boundaries of traditional Celtic music, incorporating rock, pop, and everything imaginable in between to the delight of audiences of all ages. He has also performed at prestigious events such as the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, along with Phillip Glass and The Chieftains. He has made appearances on the Conan O’Brian show, the Today Show, and has been a spotlight at international festivals, theatres and halls all over the world.

Also, many other fantastic performers playing all over the place in these halls. Check out the lineup!

Fwd: Eastern Canada GAA Championships

The local club of the GAA, the Ottawa Gaels, are pleased to be hosting the Eastern Canadian Championships in Ottawa - in celebration of Canada's 150th - on the weekend of September 1-3, 2017 and will be welcoming GAA Clubs from PEI, Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal. The Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jim Kelly, will be hosting our group at his residence on the Friday evening and our Gaelic games will run all day on Saturday the 2nd culminating in a banquet that evening.

Itinerary for the weekend:

Friday, September 1– 7:00-8:30pm

· Reception at Irish Ambassador Jim Kelly's residence

Saturday, September 2 – 9:00 am to 5:00pm

· Games at Twin Elm Rugby Park (4075 Twin Elm Road, North Gower, Ontario K0A 2Z0)

Saturday, September 2 – 6:30pm (cocktails), 7:00pm (dinner) to 1:00 am

· Banquet at St Brigid's Centre for the Arts

Sunday, September 3 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

· Breakfast and viewing of Hurling Championship Final at Heart & Crown (Byward Market)

Please plan to enjoy some, or all, of this event!

More information:

Ottawa Gaels Gaelic Football Club

Phone Kerry M.: (613) 884-1335

The Irish Diaspora in Canada: A History 17-27 August 2017

Ireland and Canada have long enjoyed strong and deep bonds of friendship. In this year of celebration for Canada, we are proud to commemorate the important and positive contribution that the Irish in Canada have made to the fabric of Canadian life as we know it today.

Visitors will explore the history and vibrancy of the Irish community in Canada—from the time of early European settlement, through the Irish famine emigration, to the extensive diaspora of the present day.

Follow the Embassy of Ireland on Twitter.

August 17 to 27, 2017

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm

The International Pavilion, 7 Clarence Street, Ottawa

Original source:

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Celtic Dance and Music Festival - 16 Set 2017 (Toronto)

Save the date for #Toronto's first Celtic dance and music festival on Sept. 16, 2017, at Centre Island!

More info:  and Follow @StPatricksTo on Twitter.

Traditional Fiddle Festival Sutton - 17-20 August 2017

A festival dedicated to the violin repertoire of Quebec as well as national and international styles, takes place in the center of our magnificent village. Sutton is ranked among the 10 best tourist destinations in Quebec.

Yves Bernard of the newspaper “Le Devoir” ranked it among the four principle folklore festivals in Quebec in 2016!

This year:

  • 10 hours of workshop, showcase evening concerts under the tent, morning concerts for early birds, traditional dances, a children’s festival, musical chairs and master classes.
  • A new presentation this year will be our thematic concerts: dance, accordion, plucked strings and festival violins
  • On the 19th and 20th of August, Veteran’s park will come alive with traditional music, local caterers, a craftsmen’s village and local artisan breweries, all waiting to tap feet to the beat with you.
  • Don’t miss the furious sessions of music to end the evenings and the Tradorchestre performing around the village

All info:

Irish Singer Nathan Carter in Kingston at Grand Theatre - 9 Sept 2017

Irish singer Nathan Carter is performing at the Grand Theatre on Saturday, September 9 at 3 pm as part of his debut North American tour.

Nathan Carter performing at The Grand Theatre on Saturday, September 9, 3 PM

For tour dates, tickets, and more information

Irish singer Nathan Carter has catapulted into stardom, charming audiences on guitar, piano, and accordion. At age 26, he boasts three number-one albums, two number-one singles, and two number-one live performance DVDs.

Now he's embarking on his debut North American tour, alongside his Irish band, for a show-stopping mix of songs from standards like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," to his hits "Livin' the Dream" ( and "Temple Bar" (

With 12 concerts throughout Canada and the United States, Nathan is also performing at Kingston's Grand Theatre. Stand aside Johnny Reid and Michael Bublé: make room for Nathan Carter as he woos hearts and fans with his brogue, boyish good looks and boot-tapping, chart-topping shows.

See Nathan Carter at the Grand Theatre in Kingston on Saturday, September 9th at 3 pm. Former Celtic Woman singing sensation Chloë Agnew joins Nathan for this special performance. Tickets at or call 613-530-2050.

About Nathan Carter
After growing up in a household filled with both Ireland's Celtic sounds and country western music, Nathan started performing at a young age, picking up the accordion, piano, and guitar, in addition to singing. He gained success in Ireland playing in smaller venues, and had his big break when his cover of Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel" went to number one on the Irish charts.

His next two albums also hit the number one spot on the Irish Album Chart, and Nathan signed with Decca Records. His first album with a major label, Beautiful Life, went four times platinum in Ireland, and became the first of his albums to chart on the UK Albums Chart. His latest album, Stayin' Up All Night, also rose to number one in Ireland, and he spent much of 2016 touring the country supporting it.

Fellow popular Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell has praised Nathan, calling him the new generation: "He has taken the Irish music scene by storm. Now it's time we shared him with the rest of the world."

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Benefit Concert: Acclaimed Canadian-Irish trio 3TíR - Wed. 2 August 2017


Acclaimed Canadian-Irish trio 3TíR (Pierre Schryer, Dermot Byrne and Adam Dobres) plays Aug 2nd benefit concert for fire victims.


One of the great things about the Canadian music community is its willingness to help out when one of its members is in need. Our old friend, Valley fiddler Dan Schryer, recently lost his family's house in Deep River to a fire, and his musician brother Pierre suggested that we at Old Sod should co-produce a benefit concert featuring Pierre's internationally acclaimed Celtic trio 3TíR (pronounced "three-tier"). St Brigid's Centre for the Arts has donated the venue, and our co-producers Ottawa Irish Arts and Brigid's Well are pitching in to make this event a success. Proceeds from the concert will go to help Dan and Laura rebuild their house and get life back to normal. We hope you will turn out to see what promises to be a great concert by three brilliant musicians and at the same time support a good cause.

Where: St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick Street, Ottawa, (access from Cumberland St) Google Maps link

When: Wed Aug 2nd 2017 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7.

Admission: $20, $15 youth/children.

Tickets and Info:

Please put this very special concert on your calendar and help support Dan and his family!

The Old Sod Crew

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The East Pointers, July 2017

Two great gigs coming up!

Natalie MacMaster
A Canadian Fiddle Celebration
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm 

And a FREE concert by a great East coast (Canada) traditional music band who have been touring the world make their second ever (I think...) stop in Ottawa:

East Pointers Jul 5
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6:00 pm 
In the new NAC ATRIUM

Greenbridge Celtic Folk Fest - 25-26 August 2017

Being held just this side of Peterborough, this is a pretty serious looking festival, with top talent on the playbill including Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (Cape Breton, need no further introduction), Dervish (world famous from Sligo Co., Ireland), Rhonda Vincent ("bluegrass queen"), and others as listed on the above promotional image.

Information and tickets:

Almonte Celtfest 7-9 July 2017

Another great year for the Almonte Celtfest is nearly upon us. An affordable outing for families (donations for entry), a full days of musical entertainment await you in a natural setting, not too far from Ottawa.

See the schedule here:

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A celebration of Ireland in Canada as part of Ottawa 2017: Press Release


A celebration of Ireland in Canada as part of Ottawa 2017

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Ireland

Friday, 16 June 2017; Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

In this landmark year for Canada, the Embassy of Ireland, together with Irish community organisations across Canada, is proud to present a celebration of the deep and strong bonds of friendship that Ireland and Canada have long enjoyed as part of the "Ottawa Welcomes the World" series of free events at Lansdowne Park.

Ireland is delighted to showcase a day-long programme of Irish music, dance, and theatre. A warm Irish welcome awaits visitors as they take an exciting journey through Ireland's stunning scenery, and explore the vibrancy of the Irish community in Canada, taking in Gaelic sports, film, and crafts along the way. 

June 16 is Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce's celebrated novel Ulysses is set and which is observed annually around the world. Visitors are invited to meet some of his characters, find out more about Joyce and his work, and enjoy some Joycean music and excerpts.

The children's programme includes a wide range of interactive activities for all ages. Families will have the opportunity to listen to our resident story‑tellers, learn about some traditional crafts, and try some Gaelic football and hurling, as well as to learn some phrases in Irish and some dance steps, or how to play some Irish music.

Embassies and high commissions will showcase their country's culture in a series of world‑class free events at Lansdowne Park. As part of the Ottawa 2017 signature event series, more than 75 countries and international partners will celebrate their culture through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This celebration of Canada's diversity and rich multicultural heritage will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary. For more information, visit

Follow us @IrlEmbCanada, #Ottawa2017
Contact: Elizabeth.Keogh @

Monday, 22 May 2017

Irish Ceili at St. Mark's, Aylmer - Saturday 27 May 2017

There will be an Irish social dance (ceili) on Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm, at St. Mark's Parish, 160 rue Principale, Aylmer, QC.

The Ottawa Irish Arts award winning céilí band will take to the stage for your dancing pleasure. Carol Ann will be calling dances. A dance performance featuring the Ottawa Irish Arts' solo dancers will also be presented.

Proceeds from tickets ($10 adults, $5 youth aged 12-18, free under 12) will go to the St. Mark's reparations fund and the St. Mark's refugee sponsorship scheme.

Bring your own beverages (there will be a liquor licence but no alcohol for sale).

Contact Carol Ann (819-595-1094) or Esperanza (819-695-0391) for more information.

Parish webpage link

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Concert: Maja Kjær Jacobsen & David Boulanger: Wed 10 May 2017

A superb concert coming up with Maja Kjær Jacobsen & David Boulanger at the Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. (Bank St. at the canal)

Tickets and info can be found at

Doors open 7:30, music at 8PM.

A concert with Maja & David is a powerful performance of pure fearlessness, virtuosity and musical personality.

Maja & David are known for their phenomenal contact on stage, and they possess the ability to create an intense atmosphere around their music. The soundscape moves from only one fiddle, to sounding like a whole fiddle quartet with percussion and a lead singer.

The duo’s most recent CD “CPH-Café-YUL” came out in May 2015, and two years after the debut “NORD”, released in June 2013, time and touring have added more layers to the soundscape. They both sing more; David plays Jaw Harp to Maja’s composition “Après Apéro” and harmonica on his own Québécois song “Quel Triste Sort”; Maja appears more on the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle as well as adding foot stomping on several tracks. The result is a wholehearted and well-matured unity between Maja Kjær Jacobsen’s and David Boulanger’s musical backgrounds.

Maja Kjær Jacobsen | Denmark
Fiddle (GDAE), Hardanger Fiddle ( BEBF#, 8-stringed fiddle from Norway), and song.
As the daughter of a singer and guitarist, the path to becoming a musician herself lay very close. At age 14 she took up the fiddle, with great inspiration from the fiddlers performing at festivals such as Tønder Festival (Denmark) where Maja has been coming since she was 8 years old.

David Boulanger | Québec
Fiddles (AEAE/ADA E/GDAE), jaw harp, harmonica, percussive foot-tapping, song.
David is best known as a member of the legendary Québécois folk  big band "La Bottine Souriante", which has been touring the world for almost 40 years now.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Lecture: The Irish in Latin America, Prof. Dermot Keogh, U of Ottawa, 2 May 2017

I know I cannot make this lecture, but this is sure to be fascinating. The subject matter appears to be in excellent hands with Prof Keogh. If you cannot make this lecture, I recommend the following RTE radio documentary (RTE Doc on One is a fabulous series) on the Argentina Connection with Ireland.

(click on poster for larger image)

Atlantic Voices Concert: Sea of Love, Sunday 28 May 2017

Atlantic Voices celebrates spring, the season of romance, with a concert of East Coast love songs entitled Sea of Love. Join the choir Sunday, May 28 at Centretown United Church, as they trace the ‘course of true love’ through folk melodies and contemporary Atlantic classics, with songs of courtship and star-crossed lovers, and even the odd wedding thrown in for good measure. The concert starts at 3:00 p.m., with pre-show entertainment from The Fumblin’ Fingers at 2:15. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Children 12 and under free. Silent auction and reception to follow.

Advance tickets available at the Leading Note or call 613-722-9240. I will also have tickets until Friday May 26.

Visit for more information.

Parking at Glashan School, and at several lots on Catherine St. from O'Connor St. to Kent St.

Check out our concert poster at:

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See you at the show!

Catherine Semple

Cape Breton Ceilidh Concert and Dance, Friday 5 May 2017

(with text shamelessly stolen from this Facebook event)

An evening of Cape Breton-style fun for everyone. Fiddles, pipes, pianos; square dancing and step dancing all in one big blast. Part concert and part dance, there will be something everyone can enjoy. If you're planning to visit Cape Breton this event will give you a good taste of the culture you can expect to see. If you've already been there and love the island this will warm your heart. If you are from Cape Breton this will be a taste of home, bring your children/grandchildren to connect with their Cape Breton roots. All ages welcome, cash bar.

If you're not sure about the square dancing, don't worry! Square dance instruction will be provided by Beth MacGillivray as needed.

Friday at 8 PM - 11 PM
Montgomery Centretown Legion
330 Kent St.
Adult: $15 in advance. Same day tickets $20.
Youth: (16 and under accompanied by an adult) $10
Purchase Online:
Tickets may also be purchased in person from Beth, Calum or Alexis - coming soon!

KENNETH MACKENZIE is a piper and fiddler from Mabou Coal Mines, Cape Breton Island. He grew up speaking Gaelic and surrounded by Gaelic culture and tradition bearers and is well-known for his lively traditional style and for the strong Gaelic flavour to his playing. His piping is well-known for its irresistible drive and lively, traditional feel. In 2010, Kenneth was the recipient of the Celtic Colours Driveers Award and released the ECMA-nominated album Pìob is Fidheall (Pipes and Fiddle) with his brother Angus. Kenneth has also recorded with Natalie MacMaster, Brenda Stubbert, Dawn and Margie Beaton, Chrissy Crowley, Kinnon Beaton and others. He tours with his brothers Angus and Calum and also as a member of the Beaton Sisters Band and his music has taken him through Canada and the US, Ireland, Scotland and the UK, Australia and Central America. More recently he has teamed up with Keith MacDonald and Kevin Dugas in the exciting new traditional piping group Nuallan.

Kenneth's brother CALUM MACKENZIE lives in Ottawa but was born and raised in Mabou, Cape Breton. He grew up in a home where Gaelic was the language of choice and where he was surrounded by traditional music. Calum took up the piano and the fiddle at a young age. His father hails from South Uist in Scotland and his mother from Back Street in Mabou, and both cultures influence his playing. Calum counts Mac Morin and Troy MacGillivray among his piano idols and many Cape Breton fiddlers influenced his playing greatly, from John Morris Rankin, Iain MacDougall, Buddy MacMaster to Shelly Campbell. Calum has been fortunate to play with many Cape Breton artists both at home and abroad as well with many well-known international musicians at festivals in Canada, Scotland and the Caribbean.

ALEXIS MACISAAC and Calum MacKenzie are a wife and husband duo who have established a unique musical partnership that combines Cape Breton piano playing with a modern approach to Celtic fiddle. Alexis playing is a multi-faceted harmonization of Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton styles. Though their respective approaches to music are distinct, together they create a clean and seamless sound that is nonetheless grounded in tradition.They have recently recorded and produced their debut album, The Bay Street Sessions.

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)

(click poster to enlarge)

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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Hire them for your special party!

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 Café ( ) 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.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Manotick, Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees - Lyon Street Celtic Band - 25 March 2017

Canadian Connection Refugee Group presents

 The Lyon Street Celtic Band

The Lyon Street Celtic Band is a dynamic group of five musicians playing Irish, Scottish and Canadian music. They play fiddles, bodhran, tin whistle, accordions, and guitar.
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 
Tickets $15
Bar opens at 6:30 with Silent Auction (cash or cheque only) 
Concert at 7:30
Manotick United Church
Tickets sold at the door and in Manotick at
Paul’s Pharmacy  
Manotick Office Pro and
Manotick United Church
                    To make a donation or for information e-mail :

Money raised from this concert to benefit our
Syrian refugee family

Concert: "A Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon - Tales of Gloriana and the Spanish Main", 26 March 2017

Mary Muckle, a well known and highly respected local harper, usually in the Celtic style, presents "A Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon - Tales of Gloriana and the Spanish Main" within the St. Luke's concert series, March 26, 7.30 pm., St Luke's Anglican Church on Somerset. This is a concert of music from Renaissance England and Spain and of music inspired by extraordinary figures of that period.

The program features lute songs, court dances, English country dances and Spanish dances originating in the New World and the Canary Islands. Compositions refer to Elizabeth I, England’s mistress of the seas, to Sir Francis Drake, hero of the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada, to Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Galway (who challenged Elizabeth I), and to Irish noblewoman, Princess Sheila Na Geira Pike, an early settler of Carbonear, Newfoundland.

Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord 
Julie Leduc, harp 
Doug Brierley, violin 
Loyda Lastra, flute 
Marilyn Jenkins, voice 
The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble. 

More information at Eventbrite. Admission is by donation.

Press Release Tara Lee, Guest of Irish Film Festival Ottawa 2017

Tara will be the guest at the Opening Night of the Irish Film Festival Ottawa on March 31st. The director Darren Thornton will also take part in a Q&A by Skype after the film.

Tara is an upcoming actress and singer songwriter from Ireland. Her most recent credits include the role of Hannah opposite Cobie Smulders in SONGBIRD, and the role of Daisy Drake in the third series of THE FALL starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dorman.

2016 Saw Tara play the lead role of Caitlin in Clydenank Film's film MOONDOG and Jess in Darren Thornton's film A DATE FOR MAD MARY which will open the Irish Film Festival on March 31st.

Tara also received an Bingham Ray New Talent Award nomination for her work on MOONDOOGS and A DATE FOR MAD MARY.

VERSeFest poetry festival - two Irish poets Saturday 25 March at 7pm

The VERSeFest poetry festival takes place in Ottawa 21-26 March 2017.

Ireland is participating again this year with two poets, Alan Gillis and Leanne O'Sullivan, on Saturday 25 March at 7pm, Knox, 227 Elgin Street, with the support of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland, Canada

Monday, 20 March 2017

St. Patrick's Week continues at The Gladstone - A Man of No Importance, 22-25 March 2017

A Man of No Importance
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally

March 22-25 (preview March 21)
Tues-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat matinee 2:30 pm

A Man of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver in 1960's Dublin who directs an amateur group of thespians called the St. Imelda's Players. Filled with lilting Irish music and wry humour, it is a small, lovely musical that touches the heart and brings a smile to your face. This moving, elegant depiction of coming to terms with oneself reunites the award-winning team from Ragtime. The show will be a fundraiser for the Youville Centre, which motivates, educates and nurtures young mothers and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Why not make a night of it! indie women productions has teamed with Heart & Crown Preston Street to put a little more Irish in your March. Just show your ticket for A Man of No Importance at the Heart & Crown Preston Street location during the run of the show and they'll give you 15% off. 

A Man of No Importance runs March 22-25, 2017 with a preview on March 21. Tickets at, 613-233-4523 or at The Gladstone Box Office.
Adult: $38, Senior: $34, Student/Artist/Unwaged/Preview: $22

Monday, 13 March 2017

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Tuesday 14 March 2017

On Tuesday 14 March, the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) is presenting the world renown duo of Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly. Either one of these musicians in their own right, would be worth any Irish music fan's concert going dollar, together they present the tradition of Irish traditional music at its highest standards of interpretation and performance.

Matt Cranitch
 “An exceptional musician and an authority on Irish fiddle-playing, Matt Cranitch has been a major force in Irish music since the early 1970s.” – The Rough Guide to Irish Music.

Author of The Irish Fiddle Book.

Jackie Daly
In 2005 Jackie Daly received the very prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil (the premier, annual, National Music Award, Ireland). The previous recipients of this award is a who's-who of the giants, the legends, of Irish traditional music in the last 50 years.

Broadcast just days before the Ottawa concert, TG4 (the Irish language broadcaster in Ireland) aired this short documentary on Jackie Daly. View Here  This is really worth watching!

If you are not familiar with these fine musicians, you owe it to yourself to read the short version (and perhaps the long) versions of their biographies presented on their webpage. Then you owe it to yourself to buy a ticket or two, and listen to these legendary gentlemen play you an evening of the finest Irish music to be played anywhere in Ottawa this coming March.

Purchase their music (CD Baby gets artists paid from more revenue sources than anyone else):
Rolling On (2014)
The Living Stream (2010)

See you there!!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Concert: An Evening of Celtic Song, 12 March 2017

A concert by local musical artists Hibernia, will be presented Sunday March 12, between the hours 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 760 Somerset St., Ottawa.

This will be an evening of Celtic Song in honour of St. Patrick;s Day, offered by Hibernia with special guest Ross Davison (Irish pipes, tin whistle).

Your blogger saw them last Christmas time, and it was a really enjoyable evening. Recommended!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

JiiG, giG! Saturday March 11, Chelsea, QC

In 2005, Ian Robb invited three of his favourite local musicians, James Stephens, Ian Clark and Greg Brown, to record an album with him. Out of that recording, which received glowing reviews and won one of the inaugural 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, came the band JIIG (the initials of the band members). The band performed for a while, and then for various reasons, faded from view. But now, by popular request and with some persuasion, they're back, at least for one Old Sod Society show, with their signature blending of mostly old songs and great tunes from all over the map.

...well played, well crafted arrangements of traditional and traditional-sounding songs and tunes...JIIG is the perfect example of what can happen when good friends, who also happen to be extraordinary musicians, breathe new life into magnificent old songs...Sing Out! Magazine

Listen to JIIG here (SoundCloud)

When: Saturday March 11th, at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm

Where: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Chemin Mill, Chelsea QC
(Google Maps link)

Tickets: $20 in advance; $22 at the door, from

Ride sharing:
If you need a ride out to Chelsea, or would be willing to give someone a ride, please contact Nev Miller (neville dot miller032 at sympatico dot ca), who will be coordinating requests and offers.

We hope to see you out in Chelsea for this rare concert by a great band! Please share this email, to get the word around. Thanks,

The Old Sod Crew.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Concert: Delhi 2 Dublin, 3 Feb 2017

St. Patrick’s Day has come early. You may remember the name Delhi 2 Dublin as they had crowds jumping at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade post party. Now, they are back in Ottawa, this time at Shenkman Arts Centre on Feb. 3.

The band is described on Sound Cloud as a band who “invented the genre ‘Celtic Punjabi Electronica’” – something a little different to traditional Irish sounds. Delhi 2 Dublin expertly blend banging bhangra beats with music samples from Irish folk.

When listening to the sounds of Delhi 2 Dublin you will hear the guitar and fiddle play a prominent part. If you have never seen this group before then you must check it out, they will have you jumping in your seats!

Concert details:
Showtime 8:00 pm
Tickets: $38


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Album Release - MacIsaac and MacKenzie, Live on Elgin, Saturday, 4 February 2017

MacIsaac and MacKenzie are performing for their album release, Live on Elgin, at . . . Live on Elgin, 220 Elgin St, Ottawa, on Saturday, 4th February.

Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie are a wife and husband duo who have established a unique musical partnership that combines Cape Breton piano playing with a modern approach to Celtic fiddle. While Calum’s musical approach has been heavily influenced by his Hebridean roots and his native Cape Breton culture, Alexis’ playing is a multi-faceted harmonization of Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton styles.

Concert details:

Doors open 7:30 pm, showtime 9:00 pm
$10 Advance
$15 At the door

Further information on Alexis and Callum:

Funeral details for Donal Kavanagh

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 10th at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Beauchamp Funeral Home (47 Denise Friend, Aylmer, QC)

Funeral is Wednesday, Jan 11th (11a.m.) with a lunch to follow in the church hall (St. Mark's, (160 Rue Principale, Aylmer, QC)

Obituary for Donal:

Donal Kavanagh (1928-2016)

As many of you know on Christmas Day 2016 we lost our friend Donal Kavanagh, at the age of 88.

Don was a wonderful musician, known mostly for his incredible skills plying Irish traditional music on a variety of harmonicas, and particularly known for his hornpipes. On at least one occasion I was blessed to hear Don whistle music (with his mouth, not a penny whistle) and that was wonderful. Both of these musical skills are not as common in the music as they once were, and so hearing Don play was always something that made the room go silent and attentive. Don's knowledge of Irish music, his respect for the tradition of it, the appropriate playing of it, and his support of others who either loved the music or played it, were second to none. I saw Don play on stage (National Arts Centre) once with The Chieftains, he being the godfather of Kevin Conneff, bodhran player and singer for that iconic group. When I was organising concerts, living legend Paddy Keenan (The Both Band) invited him on stage. Paddy told me after the concert that Don was one of the best harmonica players he had ever heard, and Paddy has been around.

Besides Don's playing was his friendship. Such a warm person, not afraid to tell you what he felt, but you knew you always got the straight goods from him. In his late 70's, when I first met Don, he volunteered to distribute posters promoting one my concerts. He did a lot of work, he didn't have to, but he was so supportive, and worked tirelessly for his friends and the music. It was inspiring. We need more Don's. He was interviewed on CBC Radio Morning (Ottawa) just ahead of Saint Patrick's Day one year. He mentioned my, the website if his friend. The website statistics went through the roof. I was floored. I was humbled. That was his influence.

 Thanks, Don. We will miss you terribly.


Monday, 12 December 2016

A Celtic Christmas - Celebrating 150 Years at St. Patrick's Fallowfield - 18 Dec 2016

Join us in celebrating St. Patrick's Parish (Fallowfield) - 150th anniversary.  We are fortunate to welcome three, very talented, local artists to lead us in a joyful afternoon for sing-along Christmas carols, as well as lively jigs and reels, on fiddle, piano, mandolin, flute, and more!

Anna Ludlow (fiddle) appeared on the Nova Scotia music scene in the early 1990s and has since been captivating audiences across North America. She's studied and collaborated with some of eastern Canada's most celebrated artists.  In 2005, she became the principal fiddle player for DRUM!, the critically acclaimed (and Juno nominated) touring production from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Since then, her career has flourished and she has entertained royalty, celebrities and Olympic athletes. Now living in Ottawa, she is working on her upcoming album which fuses traditional Celtic tunes with a modern percussive vibe and showcases her versatility as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and step-dancer.

Tyson Chen (piano) currently performs an eclectic mix of musical styles including Celtic, popular, classical, and jazz. He complements his performances by teaching workshops and private lessons with a focus on Cape Breton piano accompaniment. Audiences, musicians, and students are drawn to his vibrant piano performances, engaging personality, and professionalism.

He studied classical and popular music in Ottawa, where he grew up. In recent years, he has lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he has become a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He has also recently explored the world of jazz music and is currently studying jazz and Celtic piano in Ottawa.

Graham Lindsey (mandolin, flute) began writing Celtic- and traditional-style instrumental tunes back in 2014. His music has been described as being written by a listener: interesting tunes for the audience, but not necessarily Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton or Québecois. He is a multi-instrumentalist (percussion, flute and most recently mandolins and banjo) and he adds those sounds as he plays with a number of Celtic bands and fiddlers.

When he's not playing with a band, you can find him playing sessions across the country, or in a number of other musical settings. In his spare time, Graham is on the board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, is involved in this country's wider folk music community, and runs a media production company (Wavelength Media).  Sharing music, though, remains his greatest joys evidenced by the idiots grin he often sports while playing.

Advance tickets: $10.00 (ends Dec. 18th @ 10am)
Tickets at the door: $15.00 (cash only)
Children 12 and under: FREE

Buy online tickets (this link)

Concert 3 - 5 PM

St. Patrick's Church is located at 15 Steeple Hill Crescent, Ottawa (Nepean, near Richmnd Rd and Fallowfield Rd)

(text borrowed from the ticket website)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Songs to Light the Darkness - Ottawa Celtic Choir - 11 Dec 2016

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is proud to present a concert of Winter and Christmas music as part of the St. Luke's Anglican Church Concert Series. We are joined this year by Susan Toman, celtic harp player and composer.

A reminder of the Ottawa Celtic Choir's upcoming concert, with special guests Hibernia!
Songs to Light the Darkness
Sunday at 7:30 PM
St. Luke's Anglican Church in Ottawa, Ontario
St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset St W, Ottawa

Monday, 21 November 2016

The Dance Exchange - Fri 25 Nov 2016

A fun evening of traditional dancing from the regions of Brittany, Burgundy and Scotland coming up.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Cape Breton musical talent returns for Christmas 2016

Two upcoming concerts deserve mention.

The Barra McNeils are performing An East Coast Christmas on Friday Dec 9 at the Centrepointe Theatre at 7:30 PM. Tickets and info here.  Get them soon. Not a lot left. This is an annual show in Ottawa and it is very popular. (Note, I have one B.N. cd, The Traditional Album, it came out a long time ago, and if you could wear out a cd, I would have worn it out a long time ago, simply fantastic).

Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy, both extraordinary musicians and performers, present A Celtic Family Christmas on Dec 21 at 8PM at the National Arts Centre, Tickets here. It is very nearly sold out (confirming, I don't need to heavily promo artists on this blog that have the might of the NAC marketing machine behind them). This will be a great concert.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

"My Name is Emily" at the European Union Film Festival - Friday 18 Nov 2016

A reminder that the Embassy of Ireland presents My Name is Emily at the European Union Film Festival in Ottawa this coming Friday, November 18, 8:35 pm at Carleton University's River Building Theatre.

After the death of his wife, Robert, a best-selling author, suffers a mental breakdown and is institutionalized, leaving his daughter Emily in foster care. On her side, Emily begins to suspect that something is really wrong when she doesn’t receive her father’s annual birthday card. Accompanied by her shy classmate Arden, Emily embarks on a road trip to free her father from his psychiatric hospital in the north of Ireland. The journey will take both Emily and Arden to unexpected places.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Celtic Christmas Concerts by Hibernia - 2 and 3 Dec 2016

There are two upcoming Celtic Christmas concerts with the group Hibernia (Susan Toman, harp; Ellen MacIsaac, singer) with special guest piper/whistle Ross Davison (of The Trousers).

Friday Dec 2 - Hibernia (harp, voice, pipes/whistle), "Strike the Harp," Celtic Music for Christmas. Metcalfe United Church, 2677 8th Line Rd, Metcalfe ON.
Tickets $20 at the door or on Eventbrite here:

Saturday Dec 3 - Hibernia (harp, voice, pipes/whistle), "Strike the Harp," Celtic Music for Christmas. Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar, Ottawa ON.
Tickets $20 at the door or on Eventbrite here:

Hibernia is a duo of harp and voice, specializing in the repertoire of Ireland and Scotland, in Gaelic and in English. Their website is

In the House and Friends of the House - Concert listings (25-26 Nov 2016)

Thanks to Graham Crate for providing this information. As many of you may know, Graham is a tremendous supporter of folk musicians from local and abroad. Get on his mailing list.


Saturday Nov 26:  Tiger Island Trio, 7PM
IN THE HOUSE (contact Graham for Ottawa address) presents the Tiger Island Trio, 7PM.  This Ottawa Valley Trio featuring Dennis Harrington & Randy Foster on fiddle and Sherryl Fitzpatrick on piano, will delve into the rich heritage of Old Time Fiddling of Don Messer, Graham Townsend, Ward Allen, Andy Dejarlis, Ivan Hicks and Calvin Vollrath to name a few.  They will perform some of their own original compositions, highlighting beautiful harmony and, featuring the strong vocals of Randy Foster, they will resurrect great songs from Mac Beattie, Faron Young, Ray Price, Hank Williams and Bobby Helms. Joining them on their performances are the Foster Brothers (Randy's twin brother Doug and younger brother Keith) who showcase their natural ability to sing beautiful harmonies to the old standards.

Tickets are $20 each and are available from Graham and Suzanne at


Friday Nov 25:   Stéphanie Lépine, 7:30 - 11:00pm
The Ottawa Traditional Fiddle and Folk Art Society presents Stéphanie Lépine, performing at our November party at the Montgomery Legion at 330 Kent Street.  Stéphanie has mesmerized audiences while playing with bands like La Galvaude and Norouet and last May, released her first solo album entitled, La Grande Ligne. With this album, Stéphanie subtly leads us in the twists and turns of the repertoire from the popular Quebec violinists, from Isidore Soucy to Jos Bouchard, including J.O. LaMadeleine and Édouard Richard."

Members are free, guests are $8 (at the door).  Become a member for $60 annually, and join us for all 10 of our monthly parties.  We will follow our normal agenda of a jam session at 7:30 (bring your fiddle), individual performances by our members, a special performance by Stéphanie Lépine, and our evening snack.

Saturday Nov 26: Stephanie Lepine Workshop
Stéphanie will be teaching a 2-hour fiddle workshop where she will be teaching a Québecois tune. In the tune, she will be teaching technique in addition to the slight nuances that create the Quebecois sound. The workshop is open to Intermediate-Advanced players. Cost is $25.00/person. Contact Sherryl to register:

Saturday Nov 26:  Branches of Silver, 7:30pm
Beth and Jennifer (contacts below for south of Ottawa address) present Branches of Silver, a trio of young professional musicians from Ottawa Ontario. Emily Yarascavitch (fiddle, voice, step dance) is a former Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion, and Kyle Burghout (fiddle) is the 2015 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Together, they are the 2015 Canadian Duet Fiddle Champions, and have also won the duet fiddle class at the prestigious Pembroke Fiddle Competition. Anthony Vial has studied piano accompaniment with Denis Lanctot for several years, and is quickly becoming an in-demand accompanist in the Ottawa area, playing with musicians including Shane Cook, Wendy MacIsaac, and Denis Lanctot. As a trio, Branches of Silver have toured around Ontario and Quebec, and released their debut EP in the summer of 2015. Having individually performed in Canada, the USA, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and more, Kyle, Emily, and Anthony bring a wealth of performing experience to the stage. They are not to be missed.

BYOB, Feel free to bring a snack to share. LIMITED SEATING! Reserve your seats now by contacting OR

Please note that the shows mentioned in this list are friends of the IN THE HOUSE concert series and it's organizers, and we hope to help raise their profiles as we think they are truly deserving of our intention.  It is not the intention of IN THE HOUSE to manage and distribute concert listings on any regular basis, but will continue to advertise single shows for both IN THE HOUSE and FRIENDS OF THE HOUSE.