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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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All workshops are open to all. The artists will demonstrate playing, discuss history, and teach tunes, dance, or songs depending on interest.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Cape Breton-style Piano Accompaniment
with Troy MacGillivray (NS)

The piano was introduced as an instrument of accompaniment several decades ago and has since become the most common instrument of choice in accompanying fiddlers in the Cape Breton style. According to the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, “walking bass lines and syncopated rhythms in the right hand emulate the sounds of the Gaelic language of Cape Breton Island, and Nova Scotia. This multiple East Coast Music Award winning fiddler and pianist will answer questions and play some tunes to demonstrate this unique style of piano accompaniment – one which has been compared to rag-time.

In English, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En anglais, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 3, 11:00 – 12:30
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  PEI Stepdancing
with Richard Wood (PEI)

PEI’s most famous fiddler Richard Wood was winning stepdancing championships long before he picked up a fiddle. Come and learn the basics of PEI style stepdancing from this charming and humble expert.

Here is what PEI-style stepdancing looks like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPZPhFcAYaA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3fRHIl2n08

In English, for all
En anglais, pour tous

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 3, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Art of Fiddling
with Richard Wood (PEI)

A workshop about fiddling by one of Canada’s greatest fiddlers! Richard will play a few tunes for you, share his knowledge about the fiddle repertoire and the PEI style of fiddling, and answer questions.

In English, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En anglais, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.



Purchase ticketsSun Oct 4, 11:00 - 12:30
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Bodhrán for Beginners & Beyond
with Gordon Belsher (PEI)

PEI multi-instrumentalist Gordon Belsher introduces the parts of the instrument (variation in drum size & beaters), and teaches the basic jig and reel beat. A great opportunity to try out the bodhrán and see if you want to get serious about it!

A limited number of bodhráns will be available. However, if you own one, please bring your own.
Un nombre limité de bodhráns sera disponible. Cependant, si vous en possédez un, apportez-le avec vous.

In English, for all
En anglais, pour tous

Purchase ticketsSun Oct 4, 13:30 - 15:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Cape Breton-Style Stepdancing
with Andrea Beaton (NS)

In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, music can't be separated from dance. Come and learn the basics of Cape Breton-style stepdancing, where feet are kept "close to the floor", from this award-winning fiddler who comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Andrea Beaton is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops around the world. This workshop will get you started so that next time you can’t stop tapping your foot, you’ll be able to get up and dance!

To see what the class will be like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iKQMzXmrk4

Here is what Cape Breton-style stepdancing looks like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKHWq4_uF3c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKccXHUAKKI

In English, for all
En anglais, pour tous

Purchase ticketsSun Oct 4, 15:30 - 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Bouzouki in Irish Music
with Cyril O'Donoghue (Ireland)

Cyril O’Donoghue, a fixture in the active music scene of County Clare in Ireland, will share his knowledge about his favourite instrument: the Bouzouki. He will explain how it came to Ireland and its influence on accompanying Irish music and song, the different techniques in playing, and who the pioneers of the Bouzouki in Irish music were... a subject close to his heart for over 40 years.

In English, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En anglais, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsMon Oct 5, 15:30 - 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Pipes and their History in Irish Music
with Blackie O'Connell (Ireland)

Learn about the pipes and their history in Irish music from the Irish War Pipes to present day Uilleann Pipes from one of Ireland’s most exciting and colourful Uilleann pipers, Blackie O’Connell. In addition to covering the history, Blackie will explain how they are made and played...and will demonstrate different styles of playing. Blackie is very well versed in this subject and a good teacher.

A great opportunity to get all of your questions answered about this magnificent instrument – the sweetest sounding and the quietest of the bagpipes. Their sound is very soulful. While they are not as as well known as the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, their sound is nevertheless very familiar to North Americans because of their use in movie and commercial soundtracks such as "Braveheart" and "Titanic".

Listen to the Uilleann pipes:
http://www.celticpiper.net/Sound/WomenOfIrelandUP.mp3

In English, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En anglais, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsTue. Oct. 6, 15:30 – 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Traditional Breton Culture through Music and Dance
with Nicolas Quemener & Gaël Lefévère (Brittany)

In this workshop, Nicolas Quemener & Gaël Lefevere take us on a musical – and danced – tour of the heart of Brittany, its traditional songs and dances. Nicolas, one of the best traditional Celtic music guitarists (notably Irish and Breton) & Gaël, a master of the Breton bombard (trained by Hervé Le Lu, Jean Baron, Christophe Caron and David Pasquet) will introduce and initiate participants to the dances of Haute-Bretagne and the Vannes region (Rond de St-Vincent, Ridée 6 temps, Andro, Kas ha bac'h…).

Bilingual, for all
Bilingue, pour tous

Purchase ticketsWed. Oct. 7, 15:30 – 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  MEET A LEGEND: Michael Tubridy (Ireland)
Founding Member of The Chieftains

A talented musician who plays the flute, tin whistle, and the concertina, Michael Tubridy is best known for playing the flute in a deeply compelling, traditional style. In 1962, together with Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts, he founded what was to become the legendary traditional Irish band, The Chieftains, whose sound has become synonymous with traditional Irish music and who are credited with bringing Irish music to a worldwide audience.

By 1973, their popularity spread to the United States and they received further acclaim when they worked on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's 1975 film Barry Lyndon. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, they continued to release successful records and have become known for their vast work of collaborations with popular musicians of many genres, including Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Pavarotti, Madonna and Sinéad O'Connor.

In 1979, after 17 years with the band, Michael decided to leave in order to focus his energies on his engineering career, although he did continue to play and to teach at music festivals. The Chieftains went on performing and recording and have won six Grammys over the years.

This is a rare opportunity to meet a legend in an informal atmosphere, to hear his stories, to have him play some of his favourite tunes, to ask your questions, and to listen to his views on music.

In English, for all
En anglais, pour tous


Purchase ticketsThur. Oct. 8, 13:30 – 15:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Guitar in Traditional Music
with Tony McManus (Scotland)

How did an obscure descendent of the lute become the most popular instrument in the world?

One of the world’s best Celtic guitarists shares his insights.


In English, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En anglais, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsThur. Oct. 8, 15:30 – 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Le violon dans la musique irlandaise
avec Patrick Ourceau (France)

“He has such a deep knowledge of the music ...” – 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.” – Irish Voice

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

Meet Patrick Ourceau who will share his knowledge and his love of the Irish fiddle repertoire, particularly that of County Clare and East Galway.

In French, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
En français, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsThur. Oct. 8, 15:30 – 17:00
AUBERGE LAKEVIEW
50 Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Nyckelharpa: a Newcomer in Celtic Music
with Alex Kehler (QC)

An introduction to a very rare instrument, its historical background, and its rising popularity in Celtic music. Demonstration of different repertoire including Breton, Swedish, Irish, and Norwegian. If there is sufficient interest, Alex will teach a Scandinavian or Breton tune at the end of the workshop.

Bilingual, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument
Bilingue, pour tous -- Musiciens, veuillez apporter votre instrument.

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 10, 11:00 – 12:30
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Quebec Traditional Song
with Manigance (QC)

Discussion and interactive demonstration focusing on traditional Québecois song (chansons à répondre and complaintes). Participants will have the opportunity to sing responses to chansons à répondre, sing la turlutte, learn traditional foot-tapping, and explore the origins of these songs in a warm and friendly atmosphere. A chance to meet and to learn from five renowned musicians who are veterans of the great family of traditional Québecois music.

Bilingual, for all
Bilingue, pour tous

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 10, 13:30 – 15:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Découverte de la Bretagne: reportage holophonique et atelier de danses chantées dans la ronde
avec Emmanuelle Hélias et Antho l’contou (Bretagne)

Through a holophonic* audio travel diary, listeners will discover different facets of Brittany, its land, sea, forests, and its different languages and cultures. Followed by a workshop with Manu and Antho with «chansons à répondre» sung in a dance circle.

* Holophony is a recording technique that allows the listener to perceive sounds in 3D.

In French, for all

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 10, 15:30 – 17:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Sunday, October 11, 2015

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Québec-style Stepdancing
with Benoit Bourque (QC)

Quebec traditional music is music made for dancing.

Come and learn the basics of Quebec-style Stepdancing (gigue) from one of the best. A versatile artist overflowing with energy and a contagious joie de vivre, Benoit 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. Since 2008, he has been a member of the famous La Bottine Souriante. A specialist in the traditional dances of Québec, Benoit has presented workshops at many camps and festivals around the world, demonstrating his mastery of Quebec-style stepdancing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master and to have fun at the same time!

Bilingual, for all

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct. 11, 11:00 – 12:30
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Tin Whistle in Irish Music
with Stephen Jones (QC)

A look at how the Irish use this humblest of instruments to bring out all the excitement and expressive power of their traditional music. History, examples, technique, demonstrations, and advice for any beginning or more advanced players present. Steve can teach a tune or two at the end of the workshop, or help participants explore how they might enhance their playing of a tune they already know.

Bilingual, for all -- Musicians, please bring your instrument

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct. 11, 13:30 – 15:00
BISTRO KNOWLTON PUB
(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)