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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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Concerts - music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Canada's East Coast and Québec

Friday, October 2, 2015 8:00 PM 

PRE-FESTIVAL CONCERT
PASSION AND PRIDE: The Scottish Legacy of Nova Scotia

Troy MacGillivray and
Andrea Beaton (Nova Scotia)

Heir to the centuries-old music their Scottish ancestors brought to Canada over 200 years ago, these two young musicians have become masters of the fiddle and piano traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Audiences around the world have been captivated by the flying fingers and energetic pace of these multiple award winners! Equally adept at fiddle, piano and stepdance, Troy and Andrea’s music will thrill both your heart and your feet. If this foretaste doesn’t bring you to the Festival hungering for more, then nothing will…


Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

Centre culturel St-John
593, rue Shefford, Bromont

 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:00 PM 

OPENING CONCERT: MARITIME MAGIC

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Troy MacGillivray (Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia)

Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia))

Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher (Prince Edward Island)

Opening Act:

Laura Teasdale , Sheila McManus , Patricia St-Onge (Eastern Townships, Québec)

What better way to kick off the Festival than to bring together four of Atlantic Canada’s best? Award-winning fiddlers Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton from Nova Scotia join the dazzling Richard Wood from Prince Edward Island and Gord Belsher, recipient of PEI Music’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, to rock their socks off, and yours too… Award-winning fiddling, spectacular piano playing, island songs, and stepdancing – this program is simply guaranteed to please!


Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

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


Sunday, October 4, 2015 8:00 PM 

RICHARD WOOD
ENCORE!
Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Richard Wood and
Gordon Belsher (Prince Edward Island)

Opening Act:
Seán Dagher (Québec)

PEI fiddling sensation Richard Wood, a Festival favourite, is back again with Gord Belsher, a fine guitarist and singer in his own right! Come and experience the atmosphere of a kitchen party on the island as this lively duo brings us more fabulous fiddling and songs. Find out for yourself why everyone who has seen these multiple award-winners keeps asking for more.


Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

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


Monday, October 5, 2015 7:30 PM 

PIPING HOT

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Michael « Blackie » O’Connell
and Cyril O’Donoghue (Ireland)

Opening Act:
FreliCelte (Québec)

 

The Irish or uilleann pipes are without question the most expressive and colourful of the world’s bagpipes, and “Blackie” O’Connell is one of their best – and most colourful – players. Add to this a prominent singer and bouzouki player from County Clare, and you’ve got a not-to-be-missed combination. From heartfelt songs and haunting melodies, to joyful highs and a powerful sound that make you wonder how just two musicians can deliver it, this promises to be a special Monday night indeed!

Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door
Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7:30 PM 

THE TOWNSHIPS GO GREEN

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Michael « Blackie » O’Connell
and Cyril O’Donoghue (Ireland)



Pascal Gemme and Nicholas Williams (Québec)



Québec meets Ireland, fiddle meets pipes. Pascal Gemme, a young master of Québécois fiddle, with multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Williams (both from the band Genticorum and both Townshippers) join Blackie O’Connell (uilleann pipes) and Cyril O’Donoghue (bouzouki and song) to share an evening that celebrates the connection between Ireland and Québec.

Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

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


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:30 PM 

THE WIND AND THE WAVES

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Nicolas Quemener
and Gaël Lefévère (Brittany)



Tony McManus (Scotland) and Patrick Ourceau (France)



The landscapes and music of Brittany are shaped by the wind and the waves that sweep in from the Atlantic. In this concert, gentle strings meet the ancient, wildly powerful wind instrument of Brittany. Gaël Lefévère, an accomplished sonneur de bombarde, joins Nicolas Quemener, one of the most popular of Breton guitarists and a beautiful singer, to take us on a musical tour of this fascinating corner of Celtdom. But first, arguably the world’s best Celtic guitarist and a fiddler of rare talent will have set the tone with some playing that is “beyond beautiful”!



Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

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


Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:30 PM 

A DROP OF THE PURE

Tony McManus (Scotland)
Patrick Ourceau (France)
and Michael Tubridy (Ireland)

Opening Act:
Ragged Robin (Nova Scotia)

Awe-inspiring Scottish musician Tony McManus was called “the best Celtic guitarist in the world” by the late John Renbourn... Add Michael Tubridy, original flute player in The Chieftains and one of the true gentlemen of Irish music, to the dynamic pairing of McManus and Patrick Ourceau, and what do you get? A drop of the pure Irish tradition.

Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door

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


Friday, October 9, 2015 8:00 PM 

CEILÍ MÓR & FEST-NOZ
LET’S DANCE, CELTIC STYLE

Les Siffleurs de nuit (Brittany / Québec)
Siamsa Montréal Ceilí Band (Québec)

Caller:
Bill White (Québec)

A Breton fest noz and Irish ceilí dance all in one evening! Experience the very different social-dance traditions of Brittany and Ireland with two bands and bilingual callers to make sure novices can enjoy the night as much as experienced dancers. Put on your dancing shoes for an dros & hanter dros, gavottes and plinns, ceilí dances, circle dances, sets of quadrilles, and a set carré or two!

Purchase tickets Adults : $22 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $26 regular; $30 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $17 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $21 regular; $25 at the door

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


Saturday, October 10, 2015 8:00 PM 

IRELAND ON THE YAMASKA
Celtic Harmonies Music Festival









Celtic Harmonies Music Festival
 
Manigance (Québec)
and Faine (Nova Scotia / Québec)

Shanachie (Storyteller)
Mike Burns (Ireland)
Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Manigance, a mainstay on the traditional Québécois music scene of the ‘80s, and one of the best-loved bands, is back! With many years of experience under their belt, these 5 veterans of the stage will energize and delight you! Faine are a newly-formed Irish-music ensemble with a beautiful blend of harp, flute, fiddle, accordion and voices. To bring out the links between these two musical universes, the entrancing storytelling in French, English and Irish of our favourite shanachie Mike Burns.

Purchase tickets Adults : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $25 (until Sept. 2 inclusive); $29 regular; $33 at the door


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



Sunday, October 11, 2015 11:30 AM 

MUSICAL MORNING

Les Siffleurs de nuit (Brittany / Québec)

In French, Gallo and Breton, with music and songs, this quartet invites you to travel into the festive and fantastic universe of the Breton tradition.

Purchase tickets Adults : $10 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $10 regular; $10 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $5 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $5 regular; $5 at the door

Centre culturel St-John
593, rue Shefford, Bromont 
www.centreculturelstjohn.com

Sunday, October 11, 2015 8:00 PM 

Closing Show

The Beat of the Celtic Heart: DRUMS AND FEET

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival

Dave Gossage & the Celtic Mindwarp,
The Black Watch Association Pipes & Drums,
Benoit Bourque,
Patrick Graham,
Les Siffleurs de nuit,
Daniel Haché,
Celtic Grace Irish Dancers,
Stephenson School of Highland Dance
and Sandy Silva

This year, we go out with a bang! 36 musicians, dancers and drummers come together to bring the festival to an unforgettable close. Directed by the multi-talented Dave Gossage, this show combines pipes and drums, bodhrán, bones, spoons, feet, percussive dance, and stepdance in a thunderous celebration of the beat of the Celtic heart. If you are moved by the grace of Irish and Scottish dancers, and your soul stirs when you hear the skirl of the pipes and see the sway of the tartans, and if the driving beat of the bodhrán and the rhythmic pounding of feet excite you, DON’T MISS THIS SHOW!


Purchase tickets Adults : $40 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $44 regular; $48 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $30 (until Sept. 14 inclusive); $34 regular; $38 at the door

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