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3 octobre / October 3, 2015
The Festival started yesterday, and continues for the next 9 days with a lineup of fantastic artists, the likes of which you would have to spend hundreds of dollars to see. These performers are here in the Eastern Townships, in Knowlton, waterloo and Bromont. Most tickets still available.

Le Festival débute aujourd'hui; plusieurs artistes à découvrir et/ou à revoir !!!. Ces artistes sont ici dans les Cantons -de-l'Est, pour les 10 prochains jours. Profitez-en; il reste encore quelques bons billets !

1 septembre / September 1, 2015
And once again Celtic Harmonies comes to the Eastern Townships. 10 incredible days with 76 musicians and dancers from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Canada's East Coast and Québec. Plus workshops, Irish music sessions, Celtic Open Mics and guided nature walks.

Et encore une fois, les Harmonies celtiques arrivent dans les Cantons-de-l'Est. 10 jours incroyables avec 76 musiciens et danseurs venant d'Irlande, d'Écosse, de Bretagne, de la côte est du Canada et du Québec. Plus des ateliers, des sessions irlandaises, des Micros ouverts celtiques et des randonnées guidées en nature.

7 octobre / October 7, 2013
So far we've had great concerts in Montréal, Cowansville and Waterloo - ask the lucky people that went to them if you don't believe our website. Standing ovations at each of our concerts - outstanding musicians...... And there are 7 more days of great Irish, Scottish, Québecois, Brittany, old-time Appalachian music, Celtic style barn dance, more workshops and even afro-celtic rhythms.

1 octobre / October 1, 2013
Le service téléphonique de Bell Canada fonctionne maintenant. Bell Canada's telephone service is now working.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE - Monday, September 30, 2013
Bell Canada's telephone service is out of order over a large area of the Eastern Townships, including our office. We can neither receive nor make telephone calls. (People trying to phone for tickets are getting a busy signal.) We hope this situation is resolved soon. However, we have been advised that this could take several days. We do have internet service, so the online ticket sales remains the best way to reserve tickets.
Those who are not comfortable with purchasing online may email us your details (concert name, number of tickets at what price category, and telephone number) at tickets@celticharmonies.ca and we will reserve your seats and contact you for your payment once phone lines are re-established. (Do NOT put your credit card information in an email.)

MESSAGE IMPORTANT - Lundi, 30 septembre 2013
Le service téléphonique de Bell Canada est hors de service dans une grande partie des Cantons de l'Est, incluant nos bureaux. Nous ne pouvons ni recevoir, ni faire d'appels. (Les gens qui nous appellent obtiennent un signal « occupé ».) Nous espérons que cette situation soit résolue rapidement. Cependant, nous avons été informés que cela pourrait prendre plusieurs jours. Nous avons accès à Internet, de sorte que les ventes de billets en ligne reste la meilleure façon de réserver des billets.
Ceux qui ne sont pas à l'aise avec les achats en ligne peuvent envoyer un courriel avec tous les détails (concert, nombre de billets à quel tarif, et votre numéro de téléphone) à tickets@celticharmonies.ca et nous allons réserver vos places et vous contacter pour votre paiement lorsque les lignes téléphoniques seront rétablies. (Ne mettez pas vos informations de carte de crédit dans un courriel.)

September 29, 2013
Montréal - Oct. 4 - at the Olympia - Liz Carroll - Mary Jane Lamond - Wendy MacIsaac - Dáithí Sproule - Celtic music at its best.

September 19, 2013
This weekend, we're at the Lac Brome Duck festival and Ecosphere at the Brome Fair grounds. Busy weekend but a great opportunity to pick up cheaper tickets. Come to either of our booths and you can pick up tickets at the early-bird price.

September 4, 2013
We met lots of great people at the Brome Fair, gave away hundreds of programmes, answered a gazillion questions and sold lots of tickets. Just one month to go for the festival. Fantastic performers in beautiful country settings. A pre-festival show in the Olympia Theatre in Montréal and an opening concert in the Massey-Vanier Auditorium in Cowansville. Tickets available online, by phone or by fax.

February 11, 2013
Get ready for the next edition of the Celtic Harmonies Festival. This October from the 4th to the 12th. If you want to hear more about it, go to the Contact page and fill in your email address. We'll let you know which bands, performers, storytellers, acts, Celtic markets we'll be having. Stay tuned.

September 18, 2012
As falling leaves bring summer to a close, the resplendent music of Ireland’s Oirialla ensemble will be enriching an already colourful Eastern Townships. Drawing on the rich heritage of Ireland and Brittany, Oirialla will present their lively Celtic music at the Maison de la Culture in Waterloo, Quebec on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 3 p.m.

Cet automne, la musique colorée de l’ensemble Oirialla d’Irlande viendra enrichir la symphonie des couleurs des Cantons de l’Est. Riche de son héritage irlandais et breton, Oirialla présentera son enlevante musique celtique à la Maison de la Culture de Waterloo, Québec, le 14 octobre à 15 heure.

February 14, 2012
Hello Folks. We're wrapping up the festival and producing our reports for sponsors and government bodies. If you have not yet done so, please fill out a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K8H6TQF as we need facts and figures to see if we did good, bad or indifferent. Thanks for - hopefully - taking the time.

October 7, 2011
So much to see and hear. Tonight we have the Tannahill Weavers at the Piggery and Songs and Music of Brittany at the United Church in Knowlton. Tomorrow night we have The Tannahill Weavers at the Chapelle St-Edouard in Knowlton, A huge celtic dance at Odd Fellows Hall and Fernhill, a wonderful Welsh group at the Piggery. Whew.

October 3, 2011
Celtic meets Jazz tonight at the LakeView Inn, in Knowlton. Dave Gossage and Dwayne Cote. Incredible.

September 29, 2011
Brendan Nolan, tomorrow night at the Knowlton Pub. A Bard with a Bodhran. Perfect. And on Saturday at Massey-Vanier in Cowansville, the great Irish group Cran.

September 23, 2011
We've added some great opening acts to our concerts. We have Solstice, with Patrick Lesyk, Jonathan Moorman and Dave Gossage opening for the Tannahill Weavers. We have Sarah Burnell, great fiddler, opening for Fernhill. We have Isabeau Corriveau, great harpist, opening for Cran, and we have Soul Wood, with Alex Kehler and William leMaistre, both great musicians, opening for Richard Wood.

September 16, 2011
You can now buy tickets for workshops, master classes and others. Tickets are starting to sell fast.

September 11, 2011
Workshops, Master Classes and Plays will be online soon. You too can play the fiddle, the bodhran and sing in Gaelic.

September 1, 2011
All tickets can now be purchased online.

August 22, 2011
Press conference in Montréal on Wednesday, and another press-conference in Knowlton (Lac-Brome) on Friday. Things are picking up ..... Tickets go on sale next week. Avoid the rush, buy early.

August 18, 2011
Né à Dublin, l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Brendan Nolan est un vrai de vrai : un authentique barde à la voix riche qui manie les mots à l’irlandaise. Un interprète à la fougue contagieuse, un violoneux diabolique qui va vous éblouir, Richard Wood « s’empare de la scène ».

Brendan Nolan, the genuine bard blessed with a rich voice and an Irish way with words, is coming. And PEI fiddling sensation Richard Wood is also performing at the Celtic Harmonies Festival.

July 27, 2011
Le meilleur de la musique traditionnelle écossaise! Les « Tannies » passent facilement d’une intensité très rock à un climat introspectif inspiré. Leurs harmonies vocales puissantes, leurs arrangements inventifs -- guitare, mandoline, bouzouki, violon, flûtes irlandaises, bodhran et cornemuses -- ont captivé des auditoires de partout.

"The finest purveyors of Scottish music in the kingdom." says the Toronto Globe and Mail. The Tannahill Weavers are coming to the Eastern Townships. "…the band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound." says the Irish American News. DO NOT miss this chance to see them in the fall colours of the Eastern Townships.

July 10, 2011
And more good news. Dwayne Cote is coming! He is described by John Allan Cameron as “the best kept secret in Celtic Music.” But the secret is evolving and satisfying more and more audiences, leaving them both energized and in awe of his talent. Ashley MacIsaac says "You can't help but be inspired every time you hear him play."

Dwayne Cote is deemed to be one of the most unique violinists and fiddlers in Atlantic Canada. He uses a distinct classical tone, that he has developed through Professional exposure and his own initiative through self-education. In short his musical tones are inimitable and seldom forgotten.


July 4, 2011
CRAN vous éblouira par sa virtuosité à la flûte, aux cornemuses irlandaises (uilleann pipes) et aux instruments à cordes. Ballades obsédantes, reels entraînants, murmure de la harpe, récits sans âge, gigues irlandaises à l’ancienne..

Good news, Cran is coming! An amazing group out of Ireland, with Desi Wilkinson on flute, Sean Corcoran singing and Ronan Browne on uilleann pipes.

CRAN's concert performances are a dazzling display of technical virtuosity combined with fun and humour, banter and stories. The core of their repertoire is their native Irish material - bubbling dance music or haunting slow airs on flute and pipes, and vocals ranging from the highly-ornamented sean-nós songs of Conamara to the rollicking port a'bhéil or mouth music of Donegal. Their Hiberno-English song repertoire (songs from Ireland in English) covers the entire gamut from the old story-telling "long ballads" to lively comic songs of "pure divilment and rascality". They also include material from the related Scots-Gaelic tradition and from the other Atlantic Celts, the Bretons.


June 16, 2011
Well, we're off to a great start. Today we attended an event put on by the Chemin de Cantons, an organization that helps promote tourism in the Eastern Townships. We introduced the Celtic Harmonies Festival to members of the organization, and we presented some of the music that they would be hearing at the Festival. Members of the band Crowfoot played to an enthusiastically appreciative crowd who clapped their hands, stomped their feet and sang along. The group will be one of the many acts featured in the Festival.

In addition, we are planning a range of other activities such as lectures, workshops, master classes, storytelling, theatre, and arts and crafts, as well as activities to help people to rediscover their sense of wonder for the natural environment in this spectacularly beautiful region with the autumn colours at their peak.

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Andrea Beaton

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
- fiddle, piano, stepdance


Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist, known for her powerful bow and driving style.

Born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, Andrea began composing tunes early on with her father, fiddler Kinnon Beaton, helping her to write them down. The Beaton family, like the Rankins and the MacMasters, came to the attention of folk music enthusiasts in the 1960s and 70s through field recordings of house parties and dances.

Andrea Beaton has released 5 solo albums, one duo album with her father, and a book of her original tunes. She also recorded an album with her family, "The Beaton family of Mabou", in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, 'Branches,' won the Canadian East Coast Music Awards "Instrumental Recording of the Year!"

Her latest solo album, Little Black Book (2012), is a tour-de-force of her new compositions for fiddle on which she also plays the backing piano accompaniment, a skill she picked up from her mother, Betty Beaton. "It's one of the things that separates Cape Breton music from other styles of music, because the style of piano is so special," Beaton says. "It's got a ragtime-y feel to it at times. Really dance-y, a lot of our music is related to the step-dancing."

Andrea tours and teaches, sharing her culture internationally, and is in great demand particularly at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.

www.andreabeaton.com/audio/branches/09-Fire_on_the_Lino.mp3
www.andreabeaton.com/audio/branches/02-First_and_Last.mp3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QacpHUd_a4

Concerts    Passion and Pride: The Scottish Legacy of Nova Scotia
Purchase ticketsFriday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 8 PM

Centre culturel St-John,
593, rue Shefford, Bromont


   Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la cour, Waterloo

Workshops    Cape Breton-Style Stepdancing
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 4, 2015 - 13:30
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Gordon Belsher

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Price Edward Island, Canada)
- guitar, mandola, bodhrán, voice


“With a gentle charm that has become his trademark, the Guernsey Cove musician sang songs, told stories and urged his audience to join in, much to their delight and to his."
- Sally Cole, The Guardian

"He consistently brings 110 per cent to the stage and is always thinking foremost of giving the audience the quality show it deserves."
- Eddy Quinn, The Eastern Graphic



Based in Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast, Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years performing at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs. As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddling dynamo Richard Wood since 1995, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia.


His current solo CD “Passed Presence, Past & Present” won "Roots Traditional Recording of the Year" at the MUSIC PEI Awards in 2013. His previous solo CD's Call Up All the Neighbours (2008) and Reel in the Flickering Light (2003) garnered nominations for "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at Canada's East Coast Music Awards.


Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, Gordon Belsher’s engaging personality, charming voice, and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.

With Richard Wood
Concerts    Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


   Richard Wood - ENCORE!
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Bodhrán for Beginners & Beyond
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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The Black Watch Association Pipes & Drums

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– highland bagpipes, drums


The Montreal Black Watch Association Pipes and Drums was launched in 2010 as a result of both the success of the Black Watch School of Piping and Drumming and interest from members of the Black Watch (RHR) of Canada. The band includes both members of the School, former members of the Regimental Pipes and Drums and other experienced musicians. Under the direction of Pipe Major Brian MacKenzie and lead drummer Jamie Kerr the Association band has performed and paraded at events such as the Jazz Fest parade in 2010, the Montreal St. Patrick’s parade and most recently on TVA’s La Classe de Cinquième

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjKOS8sRrTM

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Benoit Bourque

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, accordion, bones, stepdancing, feet

Charismatic, exuberant, warm, funny, limber, band’s sparkplug are a few words to describe him.

A versatile artist overflowing with energy and a contagious joie de vivre, Benoit Bourque has been winning the public over more than 25 years. A musician and a dancer, he has been a member of different bands with whom he toured extensively in North America and in Europe: Éritage, Ad vielle que pourra, Hommage à Alfred Montmarquette, Bourque et Bernard, Matapat, Le Vent du Nord, are all bands that enjoyed his talents and his exceptional charisma.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the famous La Bottine Souriante. He is the recipient of a 2004 Juno Award and a 2005 Canadian Folk Music Award, as well as two other Juno nominations (1999 and 2002) and four ADISQ nominations (1995, 2004, 2005 et 2012). A specialist in the traditional dances of Québec, Benoit has presented lectures and workshops at many camps and festivals around the world, demonstrating his mastery of Quebec-style stepdancing. His expertise is even known to the U.S. government, which awarded him a grant to teach and promote Québecois traditions to Franco-Americans. A founding member of Le Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon, in Montmagny, Québec, he has been emceeing both their outdoor and indoor concerts for the past 20 years.

Stepdancing: http://youtu.be/b6XVS77IGK8
http://youtu.be/I2OncJMkfBc
with others:
http://youtu.be/wiGwyXyUUUM
http://youtu.be/9bnbhlP7L-g


Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Quebec-style Stepdancing
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 11 AM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Mike Burns

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
– shanachie / storyteller


Mike Burns is a rare presence in an age of fleeting sound bites, short attention spans, and mass media: a true keeper of the oral traditions. His hundreds of stories are based on the tales and legends of his native Ireland, handed down by his father and grandmother. For over 50 years now he’s been telling and retelling the ancient traditions of his homeland, weaving an ongoing and genuine saga full of mystery, intrigue, humour, and surprise from a pure fount of tales that intersect and connect in ways that enthrall audiences of all ages. Fluent in Gaelic, English and French, Mike is a favourite at storytelling festivals across Canada and Europe.

In English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQM07_Zp1pg
En français: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpdSogRqulY
Entrevue avec Mike Burns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dSZWW3r1K4

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Celtic Grace Dancers

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– Irish Dance


The intricate footwork, choreography and pounding rhythm of traditional Irish dance casts a spell over an audience and has them crying out Encore!

For more than 25 years, the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing has performed Traditional Irish Dance to the delight of all audiences. In 1995, the performing troupe of the dance School was dubbed Celtic Grace to fulfill the public desire for progressive Irish Dance created by the worldwide success of “Lord of the Dance” and “Riverdance”.

While Celtic Grace brings audiences to their feet throughout the year, they are especially popular during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the month of March. The versatility and flexibility of the Troupe is enhanced by the use of vibrant traditional and contemporary costumes.

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Seán Dagher

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- cittern, voice, mandolin



Seán Dagher is an active performer, arranger, and composer of music from various folk and classical music traditions: Celtic, Baroque, Medieval, Arabic, French-Canadian, and Maritime. As well as being artistic director of Skye Consort and its principal arranger, Seán sits on the artistic direction committee of La Nef. He often provides arrangements for other ensembles and artists, including La Mandragore, Pierre Lapointe, Shannon Mercer, I Furiosi, Les Voix Baroques, Les Voix Humaines and La Nef. His music has been performed across Canada and the United States. Seán Dagher has worked with the Festival du Monde Arabe creating shows of Middle Eastern and North African music. He has arranged and composed music for audio books, with story-teller and musician Suzanne De Serres Youth Program Director for La Nef, and for American author Sandra Gulland. He has been a composer and sound designer for theatre productions.

He has been nominated for numerous Adisq awards, the award for Best Baroque CD for his CD of compositions entitled Trobairitz and he participated in the Adisq-winning CD, La Traverse Miraculeuse with La Nef and Les Charbonniers de l’enfer. Seán has played mandolin with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal on numerous occasions, including the 2014 tour of Europe, performing Mahler under the direction of maestro Kent Nagano. Despite all that, Seán Dagher can most frequently be found singing and playing in Irish pubs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MYpxwwIHUo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa7kOaEo3Gg

Concerts    Richard Wood Encore!
Purchase ticketsDimanche 4 octobre 2015 à 20h

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Dave Gossage & the Celtic Mindwarp

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- flutes, fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion, voice


Well-known Montreal musician and former member of the critically acclaimed Celtic band “OREALIS”, Dave Gossage is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist playing flute, penny whistle, and guitar. He is joined by his two brothers: jazz drummer Thom Gossage, who has played with everyone from Dave Binney (NYC) to Remi Bolduc and the MacGarrigle Sisters, and bassist Bill Gossage (Susi Arioli, Connie Kaldor). Rounding out the group is the terrific fiddler Jonathan Moorman and singer guitarist Michael Ayles, who has played with some of Quebec’s finest traditional bands such as Genticorum and his own Le Part du Quêteux.

Dave’s list of sessions is impressive, ranging from Michel Rivard, Natalie Simard, Kevin Parent, Paul Piché, to Go Van Gogh and Cirque du Soleil. He has worked extensively as an arranger at the National Film Board; his most recent arrangements for the animated short When the Day Breaks won a Gemini, the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and were nominated for an Oscar. His flute can also be heard on the Gemini-winning Fast Runner soundtrack. Without a doubt Dave has made his mark as a Celtic and jazz flute player. His virtuosity continues to marvel crowds on the festival circuit both in Europe and North America, as well as in the pubs and jazz clubs of Montreal.

“East of Erin” with the Celtic Mindwarp – starts slow, then gets jazzy.
Langstrom Pony with the Celtic Mindwarp

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Félix Duhamel

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– guitar, fiddle, feet, harmonica





It is through communion with the great outdoors that Félix finds his musical expression. He applies his talents as a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, feet, harmonica, jaw harp) to traditional Québécois music with Les swingneux d’veillée and Danse TRAD Donald Dubuc. His uniquely Québécois approach and his insightful improvising give Les Siffleurs de nuit a clearly organic groove.

Concerts    Ceilí Mór & Fest Noz
Purchase ticketsFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


   Matinée Musicale
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Centre culturel St-John,
593, rue Shefford, Bromont

   The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo

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Faine

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Erin Dempsey (Nova Scotia)
– flute, voice
Ellen Gibling (Nova Scotia)
– harp, voice
Karen Iny (Québec)
– fiddle
Steve Jones (Québec)
– accordian, voice


Faine’s intricate blend of harp, wooden flute, fiddle, button accordion, and voices delights the ear with lively dance tunes, slow pieces ancient and modern, and lyrical traditional songs. The members of this newly formed ensemble are all experienced musicians, well-steeped in Irish traditional music: Ellen Gibling (harp), Erin Dempsey (flute, voice), Karen Iny (fiddle, voice), and Steve Jones (accordion, voice). From Nova Scotia and Quebec, they have come together through friendship and mutual admiration for each other’s playing and are proud to be making their festival debut at Celtic Harmonies.

https://soundcloud.com/jonesbach/faine-the-sunset-reel
https://youtu.be/8OWte6Q5m1A

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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FreliCelte

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec) – flute, guitar, voice


Green music with a scent of Ireland

FreliCelte is a duet of Celtic music lovers. Michel Collard (guitar and vocal) and Annie Moisan (whistles and vocal) live in the beautiful village of Frelighsburg where they got this original name.

Their folk and Celtic influences have led to an intimate and touching music where vocal harmonies and Irish whistles are carried by a gentle guitar. They have a classical music background and are self-taught in Celtic music.

FreliCelte’s repertoire travels between their Québec folk roots and Irish folk. French, English and Gaelic are part of their expression mode.

They have been playing regularly for some years now in bucolic events in the Eastern Townships and also in cafés where they present the landscapes and music of Ireland through performance accompanied by a slideshow of their photographs of this beautiful green country.

FreliCelte will release their first album hopefully next Spring.

http://frelicelte.com/extraits/
Concerts    Piping Hot
Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


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Pascal Gemme

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– fiddle, piano, voice, feet


Pascal is a fiddler who specializes in Québec traditional music and a proud representative of his cultural heritage. In the past 10 years, he has had the honour of representing his culture in about 20 countries and over 1000 shows given by his trio Genticorum.

Although drawn at a very young age to the fiddle playing of his grandfather and the songs that he heard in his family as he was growing up, Pascal did not really devote his full attention to it until after he completed his degree in big-band arrangements and classical and jazz guitar. Since then, he has developed a solid technique and a unique, unmistakable style and acquired a vast repertoire.

In addition to searching for seldom heard songs and melodies, Pascal is a prolific traditional music composer, a producer for various musical projects, a traditional music session organizer, an arranger for his band and for others, and a studio musician for commercial radio and television.

He has taught classes in the USA and since 2003 has taught fiddle in Montreal's folk music school (École des Arts de la Veillée), the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, the Goderich Celtic College as well as at the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp.

Pascal is also a great singer of Quebec folk songs with a rich and interesting style and repertoire, mostly learned from older singers.

Reel Saint-Siméon: https://soundcloud.com/pascal-gemme/reel-saint-simeon
Valse Beaulieu: http://pascalgemme.com/data/documents/Valse-Beaulieu.mp3
https://soundcloud.com/yannfalquet-pascalgemme/sets/yann-falquet-pascal-gemme-demo
Concerts    The Townships Go Green
Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


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Patrick Graham

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– bodhrán, other percussion instruments


Multi-percussionist Patrick Graham has been described as a “master improviser on percussion” who “…stands on the border of several forms of traditional and creative music, embracing the world of rhythm as a whole” (Le Devoir). He displays a talent for fusing an eclectic array of influences, ranging from Japanese percussion through Indian and Irish rhythms to Mediterranean frame drumming, as well as a passion for new sounds and improvisation.

Patrick has performed, toured and recorded with a long list of Canadian and international musicians including Trifolia, Small World Project, Autorickshaw, Trichy Sankaran, Ben Grossman, La Nef, Ensemble Caprice, Constantinople, Apollo’s Fire, On Ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe, Glen Velez, Ganesh Anandan, Carlo Rizzo, the Penderecki String Quartet, Jesse Stewart, David Greenberg, Ramasutra, Kohei Nishikawa and Tetsuro Naito, as well as dancer-choreographers Hideo Arai, Tomomi Morimoto, Geneviève Martin and the Sinha Dance Company. He is also active as an instructor and has given workshops in Canada, the USA, Japan, India, and China, as well as for the Cirque du Soleil. In 2009, he released his first self-produced solo CD, ‘Rheo’.

Patrick has developed a unique sound that testifies to his experience with multiple musical genres and from a profound fascination with the power of rhythm.

http://patrickgrahampercussion.com/
https://vimeo.com/41936704

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Daniel Haché

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- feet, bones, kanjira, cajón, ti-fer, washboard, didgeridoo


Daniel Haché is a multi-instrumentalist of Acadian descent. His approach to music is one of intercultural fusion played somewhat like a one-man band. A sculptor by trade, he crafted some of the wooden instruments that he plays, such as the Cajun washboard.




Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Emmanuelle Hélias

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Brittany)
– voice

See also Les Siffleurs de Nuit



It was in Mauritius and Reunion islands where Manu first danced the Sega, the Maloya…and the Breton gavotte! This diverse cultural mix led her to join le Choeur des Sangs Mêlés in Sherbrooke and continue to explore the cultures of the world through singing. Her Breton roots as well as meeting Antho led her to discover her passion for the kan ha diskan (vocal call and response singing) as well as other songs from the Gallo repertoire.

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gwerz-dom-yann-derrian-complainte

Workshops    Découverte de la Bretagne : reportage holophonique et atelier de danses chantées dans la ronde
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Bistro Knowlton Pub,
267, ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Stephen Jones

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– fiddle, tin whistle, button accordion


Steve Jones has been a fixture of the Montreal Irish-music scene since the late 1980s. A handy performer on fiddle, tin whistle, and button accordion, he has taught all three instruments at the Siamsa School of Irish music for many years, where he is appreciated for his deep understanding and wide knowledge of traditional Irish music. He is the leader of the Siamsa Montréal Ceili Band and a member of Faine, and the author of a very popular website for whistle players, Brother Steve’s tin-whistle pages. http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/brosteve/

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops The Tin Whistle in Irish Music
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Bistro Knowlton Pub,
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Alex Kehler

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– fiddle, nyckelharpa

See also Les Siffleurs de nuit


Alex received a Bachelor’s degree in music from McGill University in baroque violin. He has devoted more than a decade to Celtic fiddle styles as well as other world music. His musical projects include Skye Consort, La Nef, La Mandragore, Soulwood, Jeunes Musiciens du Monde, among others and he has recorded over 20 CDs in his career. Violin is his principle instrument but he also sings and plays octave mandolin. Most recently he has added the nyckelharpa, a traditional instrument of Swedish origins that resembles a bowed Hurdy Gurdy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJpCyOIi3Vs
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Workshops    The Nyckelharpa: a Newcomer in Celtic Music
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 11 AM

Bistro Knowlton Pub,
267, ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Antho l'contou

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Brittany
– storytelling, voice, trumpet

See also Les Siffleurs de nuit


His passion for storytelling is only equalled by his passion for music. At the age of 8 he joined the brass band of his native village in Brittany, playing bugle, and later played trumpet with IMG, a group known for having brought fresh and innovative ideas to Breton traditional music in the 2000s. Later in Québec, he played with Les Gars Trans, a brass rock band from the Eastern Townships. He learned the art of storytelling from his Dad and in 2007, he entered contests in Québec, spinning his yarns in his native Gallo tongue. He won first place in «Les jours sont contés en Estrie», and «Rendez-vous des Grandes Gueules» in Trois Pistoles and came in second for the Festival de conte d’Abitibi Temiscamingue. Since then he has told stories upon numerous occasions in Québec, Brittany, and in Africa. From these two passions and from his partnership with Manu springs their duo Hélias/Gérard and Les siffleurs de nuit whose goal is to share Breton music and culture while infusing it with other musical cultures.

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Workshops    Découverte de la Bretagne : reportage holophonique et atelier de danses chantées dans la ronde
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Bistro Knowlton Pub,
267, ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Gaël Lefévère

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Brittany, France)
– bombard, flute


Born of Breton parents, Gaël Lefévère was rocked to sleep throughout his childhood to the sound of the biniou and bombard played by legendary groups like Alan Stivell, Tri Yann, Malicorne, Gilles Servat.... And the music of the Fest-Noz (« fête de nuit » or night festival in Breton, the equivalent of a ceilidh)

Having grown into a bombarde player of some repute, he decided, in 2006, to start the group HIKS with whom he opened for TRI YANN (at the Zéniths in France) and for the group TEXAS. They then played the major European festivals (Les Vieilles Charrues, Festival Inter Celtique de Lorient, Festival de Cornouailles, Festival de Corbeyrier (Switzerland), Festival de Boombal (Belgium) and Castlefest (Netherlands). Mixing all these influences (classical, punk, trad, electro, from Moussorgski to Carl Orff, from Carré Manchot to Parabellum, from Prodigy to Marylin Manson), the aim of this talabardeur is to turboboost the Fest-Noz !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2n0Y_1paQU
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Concerts    The Wind and The Waves
Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


Workshops    Traditional Breton Culture through Music and Dance
Purchase ticketsWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Daniel Lemieux

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– fiddle, voice

See also Manigance





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H2PhVvdtdk

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Quebec Traditional Song
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Troy MacGillivray

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Antigonish County, Nova Scotia)
- piano, fiddle, stepdance


Troy MacGillivray is an accomplished fiddle and piano player who was born into a rich musical tradition and has been performing from a very young age across Canada, North America and all over the globe. For generations, the MacGillivrays on his father's side and the MacDonalds on his mother's side have been proprietors of the Scottish Gaelic tradition in his home province of Nova Scotia. Troy has five CD releases to his credit and has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades including two East Coast Music Awards.



In 2012 Troy received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorating his contribution and dedication to preserving and promoting arts and culture in Nova Scotia and Canada. Troy plays the music of his ancestors who immigrated from Scotland over 200 years ago. He balances traditional music with his own compositions which are receiving international recognition and being recorded by other artists from across Canada and around the world. Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his step dancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays an intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors.

Troy at the Shetland Folk Festival
http://www.troymacgillivray.com/music.htm

Concerts    Passion and Pride: The Scottish Legacy of Nova Scotia
Purchase ticketsFriday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 8 PM

Centre culturel St-John,
593, rue Shefford, Bromont


   Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo

Workshops    Cape Breton-Style Piano Accompaniment
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 3, 2015 at 11 AM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Manigance

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival


Manigance was formed in 1981 in the Lanaudière region of Québec. Until 1993, they toured extensively in Europe, Western Canada and the United States. They have recorded two albums, including Nouvelles Manigances in 1991 which is still today, a reference for that era.

The group’s five musician-singers are pillars of traditional Québecois music, each with more than 30 years of craft to share!

- Claude Méthé (Le Rêve du Diable, Entourloupe, Dentdelion)
- Daniel Roy (La Bottine Souriante, Entourloupe, les Grondes)
- Daniel Lemieux (Le Rêve du Diable, Les Lemieux, La Tourmente)
- Paul Marchand (Entourloupe, Duo avec Laurie Hart, La Tourmente, Tess Leblanc,Trio Stéphanie Gagnon)
- Bernard Simard (La Rêve du Diable, Cabestan, Bernard Simard et cie)

Twenty years later, with a wealth of experience behind them, they are back for a long anticipated reunion concert to relive with you a time not so long ago that was highly influential for many of today’s groups and musicians.

Among the group’s important contributions, let us mention Saint-Jean Baptiste Day 1992 on the Plaines d’Abraham in Québec City, to concerts broadcast by Radio-Canada for the program Des musiques en mémoire, and Manigance’s always wildly applauded performances at festivals in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Champlain Valley, as well as in Europe at Douarnenez, Brest, St-Chartier.

Manigance, is a reunion of five old friends with a story to sing and play for you.

Daniel Lemieux – fiddle, voice

Paul Marchand –voice, guitar, feet
Having played alongside exceptional singers and instrumentalists, guitarist Paul Marchand found himself quite naturally in the midst of the fertile musical tradition in Québec. Gifted with a finely-honed sense of rhythm and a clear, strong voice, he has collaborated with many traditional musicians from Québec and France. A two-year stay in Brittany gave him the chance to make contact with a musical culture not so far removed from his own in Québec. From 1987 to 1993 he was part of the group Manigance. He also participated in Angèle Arsenault’s show “Bonjour Madame Bolduc”. He is a founding member of the group Entourloupe, which just released its third CD. He is an exceptional guitarist who, through his accompaniment, arrangements, and songs, knows how to bring out all the subtlety and sensitivity of the traditional repertoire.

Claude Méthé – fiddle, voice

Daniel Roy – voice, whistle, harmonica, bones

Bernard Simard – voice and guitar

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Daniel Lemieux: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H2PhVvdtdk
Paul Marchand: Samples from Duo Hart Marchand CD: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lauriehart4
Claude Méthé: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/claudemethe
Daniel Roy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXZemr5Csvc
Bernard Simard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crAfnjWkx1c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut-xdgLWXk0

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Quebec Traditional Song
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome


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Paul Marchand

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– guitar, voice, feet


Having played alongside exceptional singers and instrumentalists, guitarist Paul Marchand found himself quite naturally in the midst of the fertile musical tradition in Québec. Gifted with a finely-honed sense of rhythm and a clear, strong voice, he has collaborated with many traditional musicians from Québec and France. A two-year stay in Brittany gave him the chance to make contact with a musical culture not so far removed from his own in Québec. From 1987 to 1993 he was part of the group Manigance. He also participated in Angèle Arsenault’s show “Bonjour Madame Bolduc”. He is a founding member of the group Entourloupe, which just released its third CD. He is an exceptional guitarist who, through his accompaniment, arrangements, and songs, knows how to bring out all the subtlety and sensitivity of the traditional repertoire.

Samples from Duo Hart Marchand CD

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


 

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Jacob McCauley

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ontario)
– bodhran


Jacob McCauley is an award-winning bodhrán player ((Toronto Fleadh Music Competition, 2008; Detroit Midwest Fleadh 2008, 2009; Chicago Midwest Fleadh, 2010). He is an active recording musician, performer and touring artist, having played with many different groups of multiple genres around the world. He is a member of the trad trio NUA.

His unique bodhrán technique has allowed him to more recently branch out from traditional music into other genres such as Jazz, Metal, Experimental and World Music. Utilizing his new back hand technique and tipper hold (integrating Top-End and Kerry Style influences into his own unique style), Jacob has begun to incorporate a much larger range of melodic notes, as well as intricate, complex and odd time signatures such as his favourite 7/8 and 13/16.

He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as The Chieftains, Lau, Genticorum, Nuala Kennedy, Maeve Donnelly, Shane Cook, Julie Fitzgerald, Steafan Hannigan, and Bohola.

Jacob is also an experienced bodhrán instructor, having taught many classes, workshops and private lessons around the globe. He is also a faculty member at the Riverside Celtic College teaching Intermediate and Advanced Bodhrán.

www.jacobmccauley.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDtHM95HyY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DxiQRtfqIM

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart : Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


 

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Sheila McManus

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival











Concerts    Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Tony McManus

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

 

"The best Celtic guitarist in the world."
– John Renbourn

McManus’ playing is rave-worthy.
Loaded with flawless ornamentations, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender.” – Premier Guitar

 “Few guitarists can present Celtic music
with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes.
Tony McManus is one of those few."
– Acoustic Guitar Magazine




Tony McManus is a guitarist’s guitarist. He is looked up to by gifted guitarists with their own following such as legendary British acoustic guitarist John Renbourn and Grammy Award-winning John Jorgenson.

Self taught from childhood, through listening to the family record collection, Tony abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. By 2002, he had been nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music Awards, and soon after, his album "Ceol More" hit the Critic's Album of the Year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named "Live Ireland Awards" Album of the Year. In 2008, he was recognised with a Gold Medal voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine - fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel. He won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009 for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year.

Tony has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. Through Tony’s hands the emotions of celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament- each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide are won over to this music.

Quotes since his latest CD “Mysterious Boundaries” came out: “this music is beyond beautiful, it’s…..PERFECT!” – Tommy Emmanuel “the playing is phenomenal. it’s a masterpiece, I’m reeling” – John Renbourn “World class! Masterful playing as always” – Steve Howe “I have no superlatives to do this justice” – Dick Gaughan

Montreal Guitar Show '10 - Greenfield Guitars played by Tony McManus
The Sleeping Tune/ Na Gossidich
Bidh Clann Ullaidh (The Clan of Ulster)
The Maids of Mitchelstown
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
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Concerts    The Wind and The Waves
Purchase ticketsWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


   A Drop of the Pure
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome

Workshops    The Guitar in Traditional Music
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Claude Méthé

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– fiddle, voice

Also see Manigance







Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Québec Traditional Song
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Michael (Blackie) O'Connell

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
– uilleann pipes



Michael is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. He was taught the uilleann pipes by the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne. His influences are the playing of Paddy Keenan, who is a regular visitor to his home in Clare, Finbar Furey and the great Johnny Doran.

He has been playing the pipes from a young age and is currently living, and playing, at the heart of Irish music in County Clare. He regularly tours Europe, the USA and the Far East but is also very much at home at his local bars in Ennis or Doolin. At concerts and sessions Michael O'Connell performs with gusto, and audiences are swept away by his exuberant and fast flowing piping style.

A regular guest of Na Píobairí Uilleann (uilleann pipes association), and the William Kennedy Piping Festival, he teaches and performs at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, and the Doran Tionol, as well as being a full time tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.

He has also has toured extensively with various dance troupes in the USA, China, Taiwan and Dubai, including on Broadway and in Carnegie Hall. He has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is an ambassador for Irish tourism as part of the current worldwide internet and TV campaign by Tourism Ireland.

In 2010 he released the album; “We were drinking and kissing the ladies”, in collaboration with the renowned concertina player Hugh Healy to great critical acclaim. He has now followed this with the 2014 release of ‘Friars Green’ a duet album with Irish music stalwart Cyril O’Donoghue.

2015 will see a number of new projects which will include collaboration with fiddle player Eoghan Neff (Anxo Lorenzo band) as well as some new working material for the ‘Blackie O’Connell Band’ following demand from two performances at the Doolin folk festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emY1XeByI1k
https://soundcloud.com/www-tradconnect-com/blackie-o-connell-cyril-o
Taking us on a tour of County Clare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh__w-KuxCg

Concerts    Piping Hot
Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


   The Townships Go Green
Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome

Workshops    The Pipes and their History in Irish Music
Purchase ticketsTuesday, October 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Cyril O'Donoghue

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
– voice, bouzouki, guitar


Cyril O’Donoghue from Co Clare comes from a musical family with strong ties to the East Clare tradition via his father Paddy.

He has recorded with many musicians including TolaCusty, Alan Kelly, John Kelly, Michael Queally, The Mulcahy family, Fisherstreet, Birkintree (Italy) and Foolin in Doolin. Cyril played in Doolin in West Clare for years and has toured Europe, the U. S. and both the Middle East and Far East with various ensembles. He also recorded a solo album, ‘Nothing But a Child’, in 2003.

Currently a member of the Irish tradsupergroup "Providence", Cyril can be found touring in any part of the world. With a number of top albums under his belt it will be interesting to hear what comes next from this amazing musician.

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Concerts    Piping Hot
Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


   The Townships Go Green
Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome

Workshops    The Bouzouki in Irish Music
Purchase ticketsMonday, October 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Patrick Ourceau

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (France)
– fiddle


“…Soulful, stylish fiddling.”
Sally K. Sommers Smith - Irish Music Magazine

“Ourceau’s belly-deep tone bespeaks of a musician with a gloriously original voice”
Siobhan Long - The Irish Times

“He has such a deep knowledge of the music ... He really is extraordinary, how he deals with the sensitivity he has with the heart of a great tune”
Paddy O’Brien

“A fiddler of rare talent and sophistication, his music has all the hallmarks of great Irish fiddling - beautiful tone, pulsing rhythmic lift, deft bow work and crisply executed ornamentation.”
Don Meade -- Irish Voice

“One of the finest fiddlers in the ranks of foreign-born musicians playing traditional Irish music.”
Brendan Taaffee -- Fiddler Magazine

Patrick Ourceau has been playing Irish music since his early teens. Born and raised in France, Patrick moved to the U.S. in 1989, lived for seventeen years in New York City and now lives in Toronto. Patrick’s taste in the music developed early in his playing after being introduced to recordings of the legendary fiddle players Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey and Paddy Fahey. He still regularly visits Ireland and especially Co. Clare, where he keeps on learning from many of the local musicians. During his years in New York, Patrick often had the chance of listening and playing with legendary musicians such as fiddle players Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds and Galway flute player Jack Coen.

Patrick has toured all over North America and Europe in a variety of duets, trios and bands, most notably with Clare concertina player Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin; Tulla accordion player Andrew Mac Namara and with the legendary Tulla Ceiliband.

Patrick is a former member of the trio Chulrua, led by accordion player Paddy O’Brien and with guitarist and singer Pat Egan. They released in 2007 The Singing Kettle on Shanachie Records. He has been featured on a host of recordings with Cathal McConnell, John Whelan, Steve Johnson and others, including the CD and DVD release Geantrai, a compilation celebrating the first ten years of TG4’s popular traditional Irish music television program. In 2014, Patrick and guitarist Eamon O’Leary celebrated the 10th anniversary of the release of Live at Mona’s, a live recording celebrating the well-known and popular session he and Eamon hosted in New York City for many years.

Patrick has taught at many international festivals and summer schools including the Catskill’s Irish Arts Week, Augusta’s Irish Week, France’s Europadanse Week, the Alaska Fiddle Camp, the St. Louis Tionol, at the Armagh Piper’s Club, and at the Fleadh Nua in Ennis, Co. Clare.

www.patrickourceau.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb2-lYKommU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISA10k6CDcg

Concerts    The Wind and The Waves
Purchase ticketsWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


   A Drop of the Pure
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome

Workshops    Le violon dans la musique irlandaise
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


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Nicolas Quemener

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Brittany, France)
– guitar and voice


Nicolas Quemener is one of the most popular guitarists in Brittany who is specialized in open-tuning. Well-known and respected in the Celtic music world, it is in Ireland where he lived for 15 years that he learned to master his instrument. He relocated to Brittany in 1993 and co-founded the traditional Breton dance band, Skeduz.

Over the years, Nicolas has played, recorded and toured with many of the best Breton bands such as Arcady, Skeduz, Orion, Kornog, Pennoù Skoulm, and Dan Ar Braz' fifty-piece group, Heritage des Celtes, as well as the talented and famous group Celtic Fiddle Festival with Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland). He also plays in a duo with uillean piper Ronan Le Bars, and in a trio that backs the well-known singer Gilles Servat. He has played on all continents... except Antartica!

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Concerts    The Wind and The Waves
Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


Workshops    Traditional Breton Culture through Music and Dance
Purchase ticketsWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Ragged Robin

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Erin Dempsey (Nova Scotia)
– flute and voice

Ellen Gibling (Nova Scotia)
– harp and voice


A shared love of the irresistible groove of traditional Irish music brought Ragged Robin together to form this vibrant musical duo. Ellen Gibling (harp) and Erin Dempsey (flute and vocals) are a vibrant duo from Halifax specializing in Irish music. Ellen is an accomplished performer of both classical and Celtic harp, whose creative arrangements and flawless playing provide a sparkling backdrop to Erin’s powerful, playful, inventive traditional flute, and her deep, relaxed and beautifully controlled singing. From driving reels to gentle ballads and pieces from the Irish harp tradition, these young musicians deliver an entrancing performance.

http://ellengibling.ca/music/RR-As-I-Roved-Out.mp3
http://ellengibling.ca/music/RR-The-Old-Bush.mp3

Concerts    A Drop of the Pure
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


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Daniel Roy

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, whistle, harmonica, bones

Also see Manigance






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXZemr5Csvc

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    Québec Traditional Song
Purchase ticketsSaturday October 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Siamsa Montréal Ceilí Band

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival


For the past quarter-century, the SiamsaCeili Band has been providing the music for monthly Irish dances in Montreal. With accordion, fiddles, flutes, piano and drums, the band (made up mainly of present and former teachers at the Siamsa School of Irish music, with occasional star guests) plays traditional and modern Irish dance tunes in an authentic ceili-band style, providing the lift and drive that dancers love. Under the leadership of Steve Jones, the band has developed a tight synergy with its regular caller, Bill White.

http://www.siamsa.org/pages/ceilis.htm
https://youtu.be/tdpb8CPHQv0

Concerts    Ceilí Mór & Fest Noz
Purchase ticketsFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Bernard Simard

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– voice and guitar

Also see Manigance





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crAfnjWkx1c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut-xdgLWXk0

Concerts    Ireland on the Yamaska
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 10, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Sandy Silva

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival


"the spirit-shocking presence of percussive step-dancer, Sandy Silva . . . merged the ensemble effortlessly, with a range of elastine set pieces that dizzied the audience. . . she reminded us that this music is made for dancing." – The Irish Times

". . .people hold their breath each time Sandy Silva appears . . . she burns the floor" – Le Soleil, Quebec City

"...with her body as an instrument she makes the audience shout with joy." – Sweden Press

Sandy Silva's work stands at the vanguard of contemporary artistry in traditional music and dance. For the past thirty years, she has drawn from percussive dance practices from many regions, including Hungary, Appalachia, Cape Breton, and Andalusia, as well as the idioms of circus, contemporary dance, and theatre. Sandy weaves a dialogue between these vocabularies, blending the local and the post-modern in an organic, bodily response to her world. The result is an incredibly dynamic and emotive expression at the crossroads of movement and sound.

Committed to the craft of bodily rhythm-making, Sandy transcends the world of sound and gesture to engage emotionally with cultural form. She is a dynamic and consummate performer: her very presence can hush a crowd with the faintest whisper of a shoe against the floor or set the stage alight with blazing body rhythms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmE_gmgdgEU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJofPBeQXVk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=38&v=nZ13lLYtSwQ
http://www.sandysilvadance.com/soundclips.html

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Les Siffleurs de nuit

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival


Emmanuelle Hélias and Anthony Gérard (alias Antho l’contou), are spreading the tradition of song, dance and celebration in Brittany. Emmanuelle hails from the Finistère in Basse Bretagne, the cradle of the Breton language, while Antho grew up in the legendary Brocéliande, in Haute Bretagne, where he learned the Gallo language from his grandmother and the curious stories that make up the oral history of his corner of the country. They draw their repertoire and their inspiration from two Breton oral traditions, in Breton (kan ha diskan) and in Gallo or French, giving the public the opportunity to discover the variety of traditional Breton rhythms and themes. They are accompanied by two musicians from the Eastern townships, Alex Kehler and Félix Duhamel. The musical offering of Les siffleurs de nuit is extremely varied, alternating between French, Gallo and Breton, female voice and male voice, songs to dance to or to listen to, Breton and Québecois rhythms, accompanied by instruments born of different musical traditions. The result is a performance that is enormously rich in sound and culture! Antho l’contou: stories, voice, trumpet Emmanuelle Hélias: voice Alex Kehler: fiddle, mandolin, nyckelharpa Félix Duhamel: guitar, fiddle, feet, harmonica

https://lessiffleursdenuit.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2aSle1J7rg

Concerts    Ceilí Mór & Fest Noz
Purchase ticketsFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


   Matinée Musicale
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Centre culturel St-John,
593, rue Shefford, Bromont

   The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo

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Stephenson School of Highland Dance

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival





The Stephenson School of Highland Dance was formed in 1977 under the tutelage of Jennifer Stephenson; teacher, adjudicator and former Highland Dance competitor. SSHD has an enrolment of more than 50 dancers, recreational and competitive, ranging in age from three to adult. Amongst these dancers Jennifer has trained multiple champions, and her dancers travel regularly throughout North America to compete. Next summer SSHD will have the opportunity to perform on the world stage in Scotland. In addition to competitions, the Stephenson School of Dance takes part in performances across Canada and is available for a multitude of events.

www.stephensonschoolofdance.com
Highland Fling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFk-DvkWA9U
Promo Video for the School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=43&v=B-T8boy2YTY

Concerts    The Beat of the Celtic Heart: Drums and Feet
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 11, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Patricia St-Onge

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– voice, stepdance






Concerts    Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSamedi 3 octobre 2015 à 20 h

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Laura Teasdale

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice





Concerts    Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Michael Tubridy

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
– flute, tin whistle, concertina


A native of Kilrush, County Clare, Michael was known for his talents on the flute, tin whistle, and the concertina, an instrument common to his native County Clare. He became acquainted with Paddy Moloney in the mid 1950's and they established strong musical connections, often by performing together in concerts, sessions, and making a number of radio programs together. He, along with Paddy Moloney, Seán Potts, and Martin Fay, were among the first members of Ceoltóirí Cualann, besides being a founding member of the Chieftains in 1962. He left the Chieftains in 1979 to work as an engineer. He has done some work in Ireland and some teaching at traditional music festivals. He was best known for playing the flute in a deeply compelling, traditional style.

Flute duet with Matt Molloy (Chieftains Concert 1984): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLlxPt1yab8
With Gilles Poutoux et Rachel Goodwin (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84uGovFPRi8&index=7&list=PLujxg0aIdBnp_OsVF3QSdtJmM-ELx67ZY
with Dan Isaacson (2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXUME1xks8&index=9&list=PLujxg0aIdBnp_OsVF3QSdtJmM-ELx67ZY
Dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27WjkDnc12U

Concerts    A Drop of the Pure
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome


Workshops    Meet a Legend: Michael Turbridy
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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Bill White

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– dance caller


Bill White has established himself as a well-respected Irish dance caller in Montréal, noted for his ability to communicate the subtleties of both ceili and set dances with a minimum of fuss. So much so that complete beginners may find themselves dancing — and hugely enjoying — everything from circle dances to intricate sets of quadrilles at their first dance. Besides Irish dances, Bill has a few dances from other traditions — Québécois, Scottish, English — up his sleeve to add to the variety and fun of an evening.

http://www.siamsa.org/pages/ceilicallers-fr.htm#bill

Concerts    Ceilí Mór & Fest Noz
Purchase ticketsFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


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Nicholas Williams

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
– piano, accordion, flute, voice



Nicholas studied world music, composition, and improvisation at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 1998, he has immersed himself in the traditional dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec, as well as the classical music of North India. He has performed across North America and the U.K., and has recorded as a producer and a guest artist on many CDs, including 2 solo releases.





Concerts    The Townships Go Green
Purchase ticketsTuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Richard Wood

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian

"Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him. Then a cutting strathspey to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd…which brings about numerous fits of spontaneous applause from the crowd…. Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house…he is better than ever."

Shetland Times
"The best or more precisely, the most entertaining fiddler I have ever seen."

The Scotsman

"Prince Edward Island's Bow shredding Fiddling Sensation."

Toplas
"See him if you can."

Aberdeen Evening Express
"This stepdancing fiddler from Prince Edward Island exudes the qualities which will take him all the way to the top."

The Toronto Star
"Celtic Prince Conquers U.S.—Country superstar Shania Twain elevates Richard Wood to the summit of U.S. network TV on the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America."

blkvelvetband YouTube comment
Jaysus!!.....get a bucket of water!...the mans on fire!....fine fiddling




For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the USA, Europe, and Japan. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America”; Carnegie Hall with Irish legends, The Chieftains; a featured performance on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill; “Rita MacNeil and Friends”; and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric”. Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. Richard is also proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and in Afghanistan. He has six CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century.

Richard and Gordon in Wales (with stepdancing)
http://youtu.be/qO3isVCIdVE
http://youtu.be/HUZnkGgJNVw
http://youtu.be/e2M8HvLr_pM
http://youtu.be/NiASRoVrHYw
http://youtu.be/8cLsS50Hv4Y
Slow air
Slow air at Tonder Festival 2014
Rehearsal in backyard in England
http://youtu.be/l02MwpUENEo

Concerts    Maritime Magic
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


   Richard Wood - ENCORE!
Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at 8 PM

Maison de la Culture,
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo


Workshops    PEI Stepdancing
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


   The Art of Fiddling
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 4, 2015 at 11 AM
Bistro Knowlton Pub
267 ch. Knowlton, Knowlton


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