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Celtic Harmonies

19 août / August 19, 2017
The Festival will start in one month. Great performers like Niamh Parsons and Richard Wood. More news soon.

Le Festival débute dans un mois. De grands artistes comme Niamh Parsons et Richard Wood. Plus de nouvelles bientÎt.

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 cĂŽte est du Canada et du QuĂ©bec. Plus des ateliers, des sessions irlandaises, des Micros ouverts celtiques et des randonnĂ©es guidĂ©es 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 accÚs 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
MontrĂ©al - 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 colorĂ©e de l’ensemble Oirialla d’Irlande viendra enrichir la symphonie des couleurs des Cantons de l’Est. Riche de son hĂ©ritage irlandais et breton, Oirialla prĂ©sentera son enlevante musique celtique Ă  la Maison de la Culture de Waterloo, QuĂ©bec, le 14 octobre Ă  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
NĂ© Ă  Dublin, l’auteur-compositeur-interprĂšte Brendan Nolan est un vrai de vrai : un authentique barde Ă  la voix riche qui manie les mots Ă  l’irlandaise. Un interprĂšte Ă  la fougue contagieuse, un violoneux diabolique qui va vous Ă©blouir, Richard Wood « s’empare de la scĂšne ».

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 Ă©cossaise! Les « Tannies » passent facilement d’une intensitĂ© trĂšs rock Ă  un climat introspectif inspirĂ©. Leurs harmonies vocales puissantes, leurs arrangements inventifs -- guitare, mandoline, bouzouki, violon, flĂ»tes irlandaises, bodhran et cornemuses -- ont captivĂ© 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 Ă©blouira par sa virtuositĂ© Ă  la flĂ»te, aux cornemuses irlandaises (uilleann pipes) et aux instruments Ă  cordes. Ballades obsĂ©dantes, reels entraĂźnants, murmure de la harpe, rĂ©cits sans Ăąge, gigues irlandaises Ă  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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La Belle Équipe

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Brittany / Québec)
voice, fiddle, guitars, banjo, autoharp, feet


Four well-known traditional musicians and vocalists: Liette Remon and Paul Marchand from Québec, and Patrick Couton and Roland Brou from Brittany. In 2016, they got together and created a shared musical repertoire that combines the oral traditions of both countries, as well as their own compositions.

An original performance, both lively and evocative, coloured by the contributions of each artist. Life stories, real and imaginary, bring the human experience to the fore in all of their songs.

Whether evoking turbulent times in history, singing about the harshness of working conditions or the unhappy romances of a Loire fisherman, the words have a universal appeal that reach beyond the anecdotal and the local.

The repertoire is a mixture of Breton and Québecois, with a few incursions to Ireland, and essentially traditional.

LIETTE REMON (fiddle, voice) : GaspĂ© fiddler and singer Liette Remon swings happily between traditional and new music. She is a cofounder of numerous ensembles: Eya, Dorenlo, Serre l’Ecoute, la Fanfare Monfarleau, Bobelo, Le Tour de la GaspĂ©sie and Talencourt. Liette Remon is the 2010 recipient of the Innovation/Tradition Prize which celebrates innovation and originality in the public presentation of a cultural practice

ROLAND BROU (voice) : Born in Nantes, he began singing on stage at local fest-noz dances at age 17, but it was his introduction to the group “l’Écho des luths” in 1985 that marked the real turning point in his artistic process. Since then, his focus has been to present, either on stage or in the recording studio, the richness of the vocal traditions of Upper Brittany (Haute-Bretagne). In 1995 the adventure began in earnest with Les 4 Jean, whose performances included both traditional songs and rock sounds. In 1998, he formed BHQ with Charles Quimbert and Mathieu Hamon. The show “À l’arrivĂ©e de mon retour”, with arrangements by Manu ThĂ©ron, is their most recent artistic collaboration. Roland has appeared with different groups (Roquio, Filifala, Brou-Couton) on most of the traditional music stages in France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Nigeria, QuĂ©bec, United States and South Korea.

PATRICK COUTON (guitars, banjo, autoharp) : At a very young age, Patrick Couton played classical on the flute. This was followed by Musette music on the chromatic accordion. He became interested in the guitar and stringed instruments when he discovered traditional music (first, American, and then French) in the late 60s, and began performing in public at the Bateau-lavoir in Nantes. A professional musician since 1974, his tours with George Fischer in particular have taken this poly-instrumentalist and musical master-of-all-trades all over France, Europe and the United States, where he is recognized as a specialist of the autoharp. His eclectic tastes are apparent from the different groups of which he is, or has been, a member, among them Couton-Fischer (Bourvil repertoire), Vertigo, Erin, Roquio, Brou-Couton.

PAUL MARCHAND (guitar, voice) : A native of the LanaudiÚre region, Paul gravitated quite naturally to traditional music. He is a founding member of the groups Manigance and Entourloupe, both of which have toured extensively in Europe, the United States and Canada. For more than a decade, he played in a trio with singer Stéphanie Gagnon and fiddler Martin Racine. He is also the guitarist for Tess Leblanc, Desi Wilkinson (Irish flutist) and Laurie Hart (American fiddler). With some thirty recordings to his credit, he is today a guitarist-vocalist of tremendous sensibility, with a sound and rhythm all his own.


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Concerts    Auld Alliances, Shared Traditions
Purchase ticketsThursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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


Playing guitar with Richard Wood in Rustico PEI

Singing Ballad of St Anne's Reel - with Richard Wood

Playing the mandola

Concerts    The Islanders Return
Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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



Workshops    DADGAD Guitar
Purchase ticketsThursday, October 5, 2017 at 3:30 PM
GALERIE VALENTIN
79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Bodhrán for Beginners & Beyond
Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM
BCHS - OLD COURT HOUSE
15, St. Paul, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Jean-François Berthiaume

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
stepdance, percussion













Jean-François has been involved with the world of traditional arts since childhood. But it was as an adolescent that he was truly initiated into traditional dance as part of the Pieds lĂ©gers de Laval, training with well-known dancers and callers Pierre Chartrand, Alain Gilbert, Normand Legault, and Mario Boucher. Later he perfected his technique and expanded his repertoire of dances in Ireland and throughout QuĂ©bec. He has an impressive repertoire: more than 125 traditional dances and as many as 350 versions of them. As well as dances from most of the regions of QuĂ©bec, Jean-François’ repertoire includes his own original creations. As a teacher as well as a performer, he strives to transmit not only his knowledge but above all enjoyment, which is the essence of traditional dance. Performing at festivals, dance gatherings and other events in QuĂ©bec, Canada, the USA and Europe, Jean-François displays his talents as a dancer, caller and percussionist as part of a variety of traditional music groups, including RĂ©veillons, Entourloupe et Galant, tu perds ton temps. His passion, instinct, energy and charm make him a true artist of this tradition.



Performing traditional Québécois step-dancing

Concerts    Opening Concert: Gael Warning!
Purchase ticketsSaturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 8 PM

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

Workshops    Get Your Feet Talking (stepdance)
Purchase ticketsSaturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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

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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 Ă  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 QuĂ©bec, 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 QuĂ©becois traditions to Franco-Americans. A founding member of Le Carrefour mondial de l’accordĂ©on, in Montmagny, QuĂ©bec, he has been emceeing both their outdoor and indoor concerts for the past 20 years.

Stepdancing

Stepdancing

Stepdancing with Others

Stepdancing with Others


Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    QuĂ©bec-style Stepdancing and Foot-tapping
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 8, 2017 at 11 AM

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

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Qristina Brooke

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (British Columbia, Canada)
- fiddle, voice


“Plays Irish fiddle as though she was born to it, with strong French roots and a bit of Americana thrown in"
- FolkWorld, EU

"A feast for the ears"
- The Journal of Roots Music, US

"Bewitching vocals and master fiddling"
- Bucketlist Music Reviews, CA



Born on Canada’s West Coast, Qristina Brooke (aka Qristina Bachand) has developed her own ‘voice’, exploring various musical traditions and fusing styles such as contemporary Folk, Traditional Irish, Old-Time American and French Canadian to create her own distinctive sound. Her music features a healthy sprinkling of Celtic and a dollop of rootsy goodness, engaging contemporary listeners with jaw-dropping effect.

Known for her expressive fiddling style and smouldering vocals, Qristina is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage. A classically-trained violinist, her fiddle skills shine with beautiful tone and passionate delivery. Her contagious energy and love of Folk and Celtic music is always at the forefront as she captivates her audiences with moving, intimate performances. While still mindful of its origins, Qristina has the ability to add elements that bring traditional music well beyond its roots and into the 21st century.

Originally from Victoria, BC, Qristina was living in Limerick, Ireland, for the past two years while she did her MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance, but has now relocated to Montreal, QC. Qristina is poised to release her debut solo fiddle album, 'Linger', which features a mix of original compositions & traditional Irish, Old-time American & French Canadian instrumental tunes.

Diamond Ring - Live from the Living Room

Hogeyed Foxhunter (live)

Concerts    The New Faces of Trad

Purchase ticketsFriday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Roland Brou

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Upper Brittany)
- voice


















See also Brou-Couton (Le Duo) and La Belle Équipe

ROLAND BROU (voice): Born in Nantes, he began singing on stage at local fest-noz dances at age 17, but it was his introduction to the group “l’Écho des luths” in 1985 that marked the real turning point in his artistic process. Since then, his focus has been to present, either on stage or in the recording studio, the richness of the vocal traditions of Upper Brittany (Haute-Bretagne). In 1995 the adventure began in earnest with Les 4 Jean, whose performances included both traditional songs and rock sounds. In 1998, he formed BHQ with Charles Quimbert and Mathieu Hamon. The show “À l’arrivĂ©e de mon retour”, with arrangements by Manu ThĂ©ron, is their most recent artistic collaboration. Roland has appeared with different groups (Roquio, Filifala, Brou-Couton) on most of the traditional music stages in France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Nigeria, QuĂ©bec, United States and South Korea



Le godiveau de poisson - Brou Couton

Les 7 z'amoureux en cuisine - Brou Couton (autoharp)

Concerts    Breton Brew

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Workshops    Le chant de tradition orale de Haute-Bretagne

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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

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Brou-Couton (Le Duo)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Upper Brittany)
- guitar, banjo and autoharp






Deux habituĂ©s des scĂšnes de musique traditionnelle, complices depuis dix ans, unis ici dans un magnifique duo guitare voix. Roland Brou (chant) et Patrick Couton revisitent un rĂ©pertoire Ă©clectique allant du folklore traditionnel aux cabarets montmartrois. Pour illustrer ces scĂšnes de la vie quotidienne, ces fables sociales, nul besoin d’artifice, la puretĂ© d’une voix claire et ferme, au timbre lĂ©gĂšrement Ă©raillĂ© et la dĂ©licatesse des arpĂšges d’une guitare suffisent. Les deux comparses nous entraĂźnent Ă  travers les Ăąges, au fil d’une histoire populaire et d’une tradition pleine de complaintes Ă©difiantes et tragiques.



Le godiveau de poisson - Brou Couton


Les 7 z'amoureux en cuisine - Brou Couton (autoharp)



Concerts    Breton Brew

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Discover the Autoharp
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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

   Le chant de tradition orale de Haute-Bretagne

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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

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BĂčmarang

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, flutes, harp, fiddle








BĂčmarang features the talents of Dave Gossage on flute, whistle and harmonica, and two classically-trained and highly versatile musicians and singers: experimental harpist Sarah PagĂ©, best known for her work with The Barr Brothers and Lhasa DeSela, and PEI fiddler Kate Bevan-Baker who is as comfortable performing with symphony orchestras, as she is playing for Michael BublĂ© or in Celtic festivals. Their music is a unique blend of Celtic, African, jazz, bluegrass, and classical.

DAVE GOSSAGE is a well-known Montreal musician and former member of the critically acclaimed Celtic band “OREALIS”. An award-winning multi-instrumentalist playing flute, penny whistle, and guitar, his list of sessions is impressive, ranging from Michel Rivard, Natalie Simard, Kevin Parent, Paul PichĂ©, 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.

SARAH PAGÉ is a Montreal based experimental harpist, best known for her work with The Barr Brothers, Lhasa DeSela and Esmerine. Classically trained she has been pushing the traditional boundaries of her instrument for well over a decade. In this time she has garnered an international reputation as a highly versatile and creative collaborator. She will be releasing Dose Curves, her first solo harp album in the fall of 2017.

KATE BEVAN-BAKER is an award-winning fiddler and violinist, originally from PEI. She started playing the violin at age five, and also plays the piano, harp, flute, and sings. Trained classically, Kate has always loved to experiment with other genres such as traditional and jazz music. She has performed with orchestras in Russia, folk bands across North America, and the Newfoundland rock band Hey Rosetta! She is a founding member of the ECMA nominated traditional band, The Dardanelles, was Assistant Concertmaster of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and was one of the violinists playing for Michael Bublé’s performance at the 2010 Juno Awards St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has recorded two solo CDs: Snapshot (nominated for the PEI Music Award, “Roots, Traditional Solo Album of the Year”) and Come Fly With Me (nominated for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Jazz Album of the Year”). She received her Bachelor of Music Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and her Master’s degree in Violin Performance at McGill University. She has been concertmaster of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, played concertmaster under maestro Kent Nagano, was awarded a Schulich Scholarship at the McGill School of Music as well as a SSHRC grant to study relations between classical and fiddling styles. A member of several groups and choirs, Kate also teaches, and freelances with various symphonies and chamber groups.



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Concerts    Celtica Eclectica

Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Nelson Carter

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- fiddle, voice





See also La Nef - Sea Songs and Shanties


Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick) fiddler Nelson Carter has been playing music all his life – for the past 25 years, here in QuĂ©bec. After studying jazz at Cegep St. Laurent and Concordia University, he devoted his life to music. Nelson specializes in violin folk music, but fearlessly sings and plays multiple instruments.



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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Patrick Couton

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Upper Brittany)
- guitar, banjo and autoharp

See also Brou-Couton (Le Duo)   and    La Belle Ă©quipe





PATRICK COUTON (guitars, banjo, autoharp) : Tout jeune, il joue du classique Ă  la flĂ»te traversiĂšre, puis du musette sur l’accordĂ©on chromatique paternel avant de s’intĂ©resser Ă  la guitare et aux instruments Ă  cordes lorsqu’il dĂ©couvre la musique traditionnelle ( d’abord amĂ©ricaine puis française) Ă  la fin des annĂ©es 60 et commence Ă  se produire en public au Bateau-lavoir de Nantes. Musicien professionnel depuis 1974, ses tournĂ©es avec en particulier Georges Fischer ont conduit ce poly-instrumentiste et touche-Ă -tout musical un peu partout en France en Europe et aux États-Unis qui reconnaissent en lui un spĂ©cialiste de l’autoharp. Ses goĂ»ts Ă©clectiques en la matiĂšre s’illustrent dans les diffĂ©rents groupes dont il a Ă©tĂ© ou est encore membre, parmi lesquels Couton-Fischer (rĂ©pertoire Bourvil), Vertigo, Erin, Roquio, Brou-Couton.



Le godiveau de poisson - Brou Couton


Les 7 z'amoureux en cuisine - Brou Couton (autoharp)



Concerts    Breton Brew

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Discover the Autoharp
Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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

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SeĂĄn Dagher

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










See also La Nef - Sea Songs and Shanties

SeĂĄn 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, SeĂĄn 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. SeĂĄn 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. SeĂĄn has played mandolin with the Orchestre Symphonique de MontrĂ©al on numerous occasions, including the 2014 tour of Europe, performing Mahler under the direction of maestro Kent Nagano. Despite all that, SeĂĄn Dagher can most frequently be found singing and playing in Irish pubs.



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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Duo Delmes

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (France / Québec)
- harp, flute






CECILE DELAGE is a young harpist from France, currently attending the University of MontrĂ©al, where she is pursuing a Master of Music in Performance (harp) under Caroline Lizotte. With a bachelor’s degree in musicology, she has already distinguished herself in the performance field. On the classical side, CĂ©cile plays with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de MontrĂ©al, or l’Orchestre de l’UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al. In 2014, she attended the orchestral workshop at the Orford Arts Center, which performed at the Maison Symphonique. This year she was back at the Orford Arts Center where she gave a solo recital. In 2013, she also had an opportunity to attend a master class with Russian harpist Catherina Englichova, as part of the MSO Standard Life competition. It was over the summer of 2010 that CĂ©cile discovered the complexity of Irish music, when she participated in the Festival International de Musique Universitaire in Belfort, France, and following that, a workshop on the Celtic harp with harpist Janet Harbison, in Limerick, Ireland. Today, she continues her work with the classical harp, in addition to developing her Celtic style with François-Xavier, as a member of Duo Delmes.

FRANÇOIS-XAVIER DUEYMES, Born in Brest, François-Xavier began playing the bombarde at around age 8. In 2009, he discovered the wooden flute and Irish music. Though largely self-taught, Fx attended the International Celtic Music Workshop led by Sylvain Barou at Amzer Nevez (56) in 2012 and 2013. Fx currently lives in MontrĂ©al where he is studying software engineering. Fx plays a 6-keyed flute in D and another keyless in Bb (for the moment!). Both are African Blackwood and were made by Gilles LĂ©hart.



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Concerts    Into the Woods

Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Bill Gossage

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- bass














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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Dave Gossage

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- flutes, guitar


See also BĂčmarang



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.

Dave’s list of sessions is impressive, ranging from Michel Rivard, Natalie Simard, Kevin Parent, Paul PichĂ©, 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.



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Concerts    Celtica Eclectica

Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Patrick Graham

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- bodhrĂĄn, 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, Geneviùve 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, ‘Rheƍ’.

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.



Patrick Graham Web Site

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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Alan Jones

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Wales / Québec)
- bagpipes














Alan Jones is a bagpipe enthusiast who is known for both his playing and his collecting of bagpipes. An engineer by profession but a musician by passion, he enthusiastically enjoys both performing on his different bagpipes and also exhibiting them whenever the opportunity arises.

Alan has performed for festivals, for radio, TV and film, and in many concerts in both Europe and North America, including with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, for a number of Canadian prime ministers, and for well-known artists such as Ginette Reno, Isabelle Boulay, Bruno Pelletier and more. He has given museum exhibitions with his instruments in Canada, Brittany - France, Scotland and Wales.



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Workshops    Once Upon a Drone - Discover the wonderful world of bagpipes

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 11 AM

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

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Stephen Jones

(Québec)
- tin whistle, button accordion, fiddle






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 MontrĂ©al Ceili Band, and the author of a very popular website for whistle players, Brother Steve’s tin-whistle pages. http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/brosteve/



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Workshops    The Button Accordion in Irish Music

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 8, 2017 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.



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Workshops    Bowed String Techniques

Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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

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KĂȘriadenn

(Québec)







This quartet is as passionate about their music as they are about their deep-rooted Celtic cultural heritage. They join their voices with a variety of instruments to bring this vibrant music to life.




Concerts    Musical Morning

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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



Call 450-534-2006 or go to
centreculturelstjohn.com

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The Lovely Brothers

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, stepdance






The Lovely Brothers are Laura Teasdale, Sheila McManus and Patricia St-Onge. This trio blends the intense beauty of close harmony with their signature style and quirky humor. Their song choices have something for everyone, from the sublime to the silly, with a healthy dose of Patricia's world class step-dancing. Must be seen to be believed!




Concerts    The Islanders Return

Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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


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MacIsaac and MacKenzie

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ottawa Valley, ON & Cape Breton, NS)
- fiddle and piano






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

Though their respective approaches to music are distinct, together they create a clean and seamless sound that is nonetheless grounded in tradition. As a fiddle player, Alexis has performed throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates with acts such as Riverdance, The High Kings, and The Paperboys, while Calum has been fortunate to play with, and accompany, many local Cape Breton artists and international musicians both at home and abroad in the Caribbean and in Scotland on piano and fiddle.

Their debut album, The Bay Street Sessions, is a compilation of original and traditional compositions and arrangements, infused with centuries-old feeling and contemporary flair: their mutual love for music articulated in each note and phrase from bow to key.



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Concerts    Opening Concert: Gael Warning!

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Celltic Ornamentation - Alexis MacIsaac

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 11 AM

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Cape Breton Style Piano Accompaniment - Calum MacKenzie

Purchase ticketsSunday, October 1, 2017 at 11 AM

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Maivish

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (England / Québec)
- guitar, mandola, voice


Maivish is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together since 2001. Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland and America with a mix of original compositions, their performances are infused with lush vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirit.

ADAM BROOME is a folk singer, composer and instrumentalist from the Cotswolds in west-central England. His formative years were shaped by an exposure to Shakespearean theatre and choral music performance. Making music his profession since 1976, he has toured widely in the United States, Canada and the British Isles, performing on concert and dance stages with his various musical projects. An autodidact at heart, Adam developed his own interpretation of guitar and mandola technique within the folk genre, influenced primarily by early music and the traditional song and dance styles of his native England. A respected workshop leader, he teaches classes in accompaniment and English traditional singing. Adam resides in Stanstead, QC with his wife and musical partner, Jaige Trudel.

JAIGE TRUDEL grew up in rural Vermont studying classical violin and cello, and discovered traditional fiddle styles in her early teens. She is a full-time professional musician, performing at festivals, concert and dance venues, and giving workshops throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. She has toured extensively with the band Crowfoot, which she co-founded, and in recent years has maintained a busy touring schedule with Maivish. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and specializes in working with musicians, dancers and artists. Jaige regularly composes music inspired by the traditional influences of her French, Irish and American heritage.




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‘Land of Beauty’ and ‘Ashmead’s Kernal’



Concerts    Into the Woods

Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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André Marchand

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




See also Sophie & Fiachra Trio


AndrĂ© Marchand is one of the leading figures in Quebec’s trad scene. He began his musical career as a cofounder of La Bottine Souriante, the group most responsible for kick starting Quebec’s folk music revival. As a guitarist, he basically defined how to accompany QuĂ©bĂ©cois music, drawing inspiration from MontrĂ©al jazz, American folk, and Irish guitar. His melodious vocals, inventive guitar accompaniment, imaginative compositions, atomic-clock foot percussion, and wonderful sense of humor make him an irresistible stage presence. From 1976 to 1990, AndrĂ© played all over the world with La Bottine. Since then, he has been a part of many well-known groups in QuĂ©bec including the award-winning Charbonniers de l’enfer (an acapella quintet which exploded onto the Quebec scene in the 1990s) and goodtime band, Les mononcles. He also has performed as a duo with American multi-instrumentalist and singer Gray Larsen. Nowadays, however, his first love is playing with Le Bruit court dans la ville!



Singing “A Pack of Lies (Les Menteries)”

Singing "Ma MĂšre, Donnez-moi z-un Mari"

Concerts    NIAMH PARSONS in concert

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)



Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    La guitare

Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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Jacob McCauley

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ontario)
- bodhrĂĄn






See also NUA

Jacob McCauley is an award-winning bodhrĂĄn 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. His unique bodhrĂĄn 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 bodhrĂĄn 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 BodhrĂĄn.



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Concerts    The New Faces of Trad

Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    The BodhrĂĄn: Its Past, Its Present, and What It Can Do

Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 AM

BCHS - Old Court House
15, St. Paul, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Linda Morrison

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, piano






Known to many as one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, Linda Morrison is also a choral director and arranger. She is also one of the rare singers in America who knows, understands and sings Scottish Gaelic songs. Her passion for this language and its songs has inspired many study trips from the shores of Cape Breton to the highlands and islands of Scotland. Linda recently won a gold medal at the North Carolina Gaelic MĂČd, and was awarded the Quebec Thistle Council award for Scottish music.




Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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



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L'ensemble vocal Musique Ă  bouches

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice and feet






The vocal ensemble Musique Ă  bouches vibrates to the rhythms of traditional QuĂ©bĂ©cois music. This a cappella group features five powerful male voices against a backdrop of podorythmics (QuĂ©bĂ©cois foot tapping). The group’s members, David BĂ©langer, Olivier Brousseau, JĂ©rĂŽme Fortin, Sylvain Trudel and IsaĂ«l McIntyre, work like musical archaeologists, sifting through the QuĂ©bĂ©cois and European repertoire to resurrect long-buried episodes of our history and customs.

Over the 12 years in which they have evolved and perfected their music, Musique Ă  bouches has given nearly 200 performances in QuĂ©bec along with a series of concerts in France, and recorded two albums. The Eastern Townships group was named Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2016. Their latest work, Jusqu’aux oreilles, was nominated for Traditional Album of the Year at the ADISQ and GAMIQ awards.

The connection between the group’s members is palpable and will leave no one indifferent as these five voices bewitch you with their perfect harmonies!



Plantons la vigne

Ma mie

Monsieur le curé

Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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La Nef - Sea Songs and Shanties

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, flute, fiddle, bass,






Sea songs didn't start out as music to be heard. They were songs to sing, songs to help with the work, songs to pass the time. These songs were spread by the oral tradition, resulting in many variations. Singers Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey, and Clayton Kennedy join SeĂĄn Dagher and La Nef in performing these songs with a new twist, while preserving their specific character and original appeal.

Founded in MontrĂ©al in 1991, La Nef creates, produces, and distributes concerts, multimedia and multidisciplinary shows, physical and digital albums, musical tales, and CD-books. Its activities are aimed at audiences of all ages. Its wide-ranging repertoire includes early music, the music of oral traditions, world music, and experimental and contemporary approaches to musical creation. According to the approach chosen, its performances integrate theater, movement and dance, visual arts, video, and now, with advances in technology, digital arts. All these elements contribute to the high artistic quality, stylistic diversity, and distinctive character that are the company’s unique signature. Over the course of years, La Nef has presented its shows in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Often nominated or listed as a finalist for its concerts, shows, discs, and CD-books, La Nef counts Opus, ADISQ, and CFMA prizes among its many awards and distinctions.



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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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NUA

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ontario)
- fiddle, guitar, bodhrĂĄn






“Challenging melodies and rhythms ripped out at an impressive pace, without any loss of definition or detail. To achieve this level of impact with only three pairs of hands takes rare skill” -- Irish Music Magazine

NUA is an award-winning innovative new trad trio, bringing a fresh and unique sound to traditional music, creating their own distinctive original compositions, balanced with traditional and contemporary tunes drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions. Based in Toronto, Canada, NUA consists of three award-winning members: fiddle player James Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray and bodhrĂĄn player Jacob McCauley. The interaction between the three is what really makes the music shine, whether it be their soaring melodies or tasteful grooves.

The original tune-writing of NUA gives their music its groundbreaking, adventurous quality, as demonstrated on their debut album BOLD. Bordering on progressive, while hinting at the traditions of the past, NUA’s compositions will take you on an exhilarating journey, creating an atmosphere and mood unique to the listener. The trio is also well known for their exciting incorporation of odd time signatures and polyrhythms, which give the music an electrifying lift and spontaneity. "Inventiveness abounds and the interwoven nature of some of the arrangements is impressively daring. They challenge you with an album that is creative, questioning, and inventive in equal proportions." (Tony Lawless of TradConnect)

Each member adds his own distinctive sound and influence to the music. Although NUA is a trio with a sole melody player, the brilliant multi-tasking of each member is demonstrated countless times with perhaps a guitar-driven flat-picked melody, rhythmic fiddle playing, or melodic bodhrán playing to add to the mix. The ability for each member to take on multiple roles is one of the staples of NUA. This adds to a thrilling live experience, and a “you just don’t know what’s coming next” approach!

NUA have released two albums (BOLD in 2013, and FLOW in 2016).

Accolades:
2016 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for Instrumental Group of the Year
2015/2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards Nominee for Best Instrumental Group
Best Albums of 2013 by FolkWorld
Top 10 Irish Music Album Covers of 2013 by TradConnect



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Concerts    The New Faces of Trad

Purchase ticketsFriday, Oct. 6, 2017 at 8 PM

Auberge Lakeview Inn,
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (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 PĂ­obairĂ­ 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. In 2014 he released ‘Friars Green’ a duet album with Irish music stalwart Cyril O’Donoghue.



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Concerts    Opening Concert: Gael Warning!

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Accompaniment of Irish Music

Purchase ticketsSaturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Bistro Knowlton Pub
267, ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (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    Opening Concert: Gael Warning!

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Accompaniment of Irish Music

Purchase ticketsSaturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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

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Fiachra O'Regan

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
- Uilleann Pipes and Whistle




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See also Sophie & Fiachra

FIACHRA O'REGAN, from Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, plays Irish music on the Uilleann Pipes and Whistle, He is a senior All Ireland Champoin on both these intruments. Fiachra has performed in Canada, Australia and Europe, and has on played stage along with artists such as The Chieftains, Paddy Keenan (bothy band) and SeĂĄn Cannon (Dubliners). He is also sought after as a teacher in private lessons and at festivals. He has appeared on many albums as a guest and In 2008 he recorded Aisling Gheal, his first solo album (buy). More info can be found on his website:www.fiachrapipes.com.



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Concerts    NIAMH PARSONS in concert

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Workshops    The Uilleann Pipes

Purchase ticketsFriday, October 6, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Galerie Valentin
79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Niamh Parsons

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ireland)
- voice, guitar






"One of the most beautiful and expressive voices in all of Ireland. Niamh Parsons has the ability to climb into a song, take ownership and then sing it for the listener to experience—not simply hear." -- Irish Music Magazine (Dublin, Ireland)

"Describing Niamh Parsons' singing is like to trying to describe color to a blind person." -- Jamie O'Brien, Rambles.net

“Subtle and expressive in delivery... one of those singers who sounds totally wrapped up in the meaning and message of everything she performs. A songstress like her only comes along once or twice in a generation." -- Alastair Clark, The Scotsman

"Niamh of the Golden Voice! Her lovely ornamentation breathes new life into these beautiful songs." -- Andy Irvine

"Niamh's voice, like a fine wine, has mellowed and improved with age." -- Alice Farrell, Jigtime.com

"Niamh Parsons' voice has always set her apart from most of her peers..." -- SiobhĂĄn Long

Niamh Parsons (pronounced "Neeve") has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music. Her voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of Niamh, "a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation."

It has been said that Niamh Parsons may not be the most famous Irish Balladeer, but many feel she's the best. Described in the Boston Herald as both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal, Niamh's albums have been 'must-have' collector's items for any lover of songs and singing. Niamh has recorded six studio albums and one live album to date. For the last 9 years, Niamh has been playing in a duet with Ennis-based Graham Dunne—there is a spiritual bond between Niamh and Graham when they perform, which draws out the essence of the songs.

Growing up in Dublin, Niamh's music loving parents brought herself and her sister to the local folk club in The Old Shieling Hotel in Raheny, where the young girls were exposed to songs and singing from the likes of The Johnstons, Emmet Spiceland, Sweeney's Men, Dolly McMahon, Danny Doyle and many of the other musicians and singers that were playing in Folk clubs at that time. "My father was a great singer, and on long journeys the family used to sing in the car—I don't remember a time in my life when I was not singing—I love songs."

Niamh developed this love into a penchant for collecting songs. She is always on the lookout for songs that speak to her—listening to new albums, scouring the Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, sharing notes with a network of friends and other singers. Once she discovers a song she likes, Niamh views herself as the vehicle for the music. "For me the song is more important than listening to my voice," she says. "I consider myself more a songstress than a singer—a carrier of tradition."

Throughout her career, Niamh has performed with a wide variety of artists, and has appeared at nearly every prestigious folk festival on either side of the Atlantic. As a member of the traditional Irish band Arcady (led by De Dannan's Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh), she sang on their Shanachie recording Many Happy Returns. She appeared before President Clinton and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in Capitol Hill, Washington, joined Grammy Award winner Paul Winter for an album and a summer concert in New York, and performed on "A Prairie Home Companion" when the show broadcast live from Dublin.



Singing Cloghinne Winds

Singing the traditional Gaelic song, Fear a Bhata, at the inaugural Irish Sea Sessions in 2010 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Singing The Men that God made Mad (with Graham Dunne on guitar)

Singing Bold Doherty


Concerts    NIAMH PARSONS in concert

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


   Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    Traditional Irish Singing

Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 AM

Galerie Valentin
79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Taqralik Partridge

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Ontario)
- throat singer










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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Jean-Pierre Quéré

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Lower Brittany)
- voice






« Je suis nĂ© Ă  Guerlesquin, petite bourgade du nord FinistĂšre d'oĂč ma famille est originaire. Du plus loin qu'il me revient, j'ai toujours entendu chanter dans ma famille. Tous les repas et autre rĂ©union familiale Ă©tait agrĂ©mentĂ©s de contes, histoires, fables et chants, Ă  Ă©couter ou Ă  danser. Des grands oncles aux grands pĂšres, tout le monde chantait, essentiellement les hommes mais les femmes Ă©taient toujours lĂ  pour souffler les paroles Ă  leurs hommes qui n'avaient pas autant de mĂ©moire qu'elles.

Le tout en langue bretonne bien Ă©videmment car c'Ă©tait la langue de nos ancĂȘtres mais aussi la langue quotidienne de tous ces hommes et ces femmes de la terre qui avaient eu en hĂ©ritage cette culture. Il Ă©tait important pour eux de transmettre et de faire vivre toute cette culture qui avait accompagnĂ© chaque instant de leur vie.

C'est donc avec ces 2 grands pĂšres que j'ai appris Ă  chanter. Depuis 45 ans maintenant je chante dans les festou noz et autres veillĂ©es et spectacles. J'ai commencĂ© Ă  chanter avec mon FrĂšre Guy (les frĂšres QuĂ©rĂ© pour nom de scĂšne), puis quand Guy a dĂ©cidĂ© d'arrĂȘter en 2004, j'ai repris le chant avec Christophe Le Menn (alias Krismenn) avec qui je continu de chanter occasionnellement, quand sa carriĂšre de chanteur professionnel lui permet quelques disponibilitĂ©s. je chante aussi avec un cousin de Guerlesquin qui a suivi toute ma carriĂšre et a appris une grande partie de mon rĂ©pertoire et comme il est de tradition, je chante avec qui veut pousser une gavotte car mon rĂ©pertoire de prĂ©dilection est celui de la gavotte des montagnes.»



Avec Krismenn

Avec son cousin Alain Le Gall

Concerts    Breton Brew

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Tony Scott

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- spoken word






Tony Scott is an organic farmer who as been passionately at it for more than 25 years. He enjoys growing good food for people, he also likes to listen to music while cooking and has a great love for nature. Tony plays guitar when he has free time (which is pretty rare on an organic farm...). He looks forward to reading you some poems!!!




Concerts    Into the Woods

Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Nina Segalowitz

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- throat singer














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Concerts    Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


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Kyra Shaughnessy

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- voice, guitar, banjo






Raised with a deep respect and connection to the land, daughter of two alternative medicine practitioners with roots criss-crossing from India to Ireland, Kyra's identity as an artist is nourished by an uncommon diversity of experience. After several successful years in Montreal’s spoken word scene, Kyra turned to song writing. She took a song writing workshop on the Aran Islands in Ireland, participated in Manawan, a project bringing together Quebec and First Nations artists for collaborative song writing and cultural exchange, and guitar and banjo in hand, has performed across Canada, and in Europe.

Inspired by her travels and an ever-deepening sense of “global citizenry”, her music is a folk-roots blend defined by warm, intimate vocals and the unmistakable depth and authenticity of her poet’s pen. Often compared to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco, her music, called by some "eco-folk", artfully combines elements of “political folk” and sacred songs to captivate audiences of all ages and all walks of life.

Kyra has released four albums. Her latest "Passage" is a mix of Quebec, Irish and West African traditions, with songs in French, English and Irish Gaelic -- an album that is both eminently personal and resolutely universal.



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Concerts    Celtica Eclectica

Purchase ticketsMonday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Les Siffleurs de Nuit

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Brittany / Québec)
- voice, nyckelharpa, fiddle, nordic cittern, guitar, trumpet, harmonica, jaw harp, percussion, feet




Emmanuelle HĂ©lias and Anthony GĂ©rard (alias Antho l’contou), are spreading the tradition of song, dance and celebration in Brittany. Emmanuelle hails from the FinistĂšre in Basse Bretagne, the cradle of the Breton language, while Antho grew up in the legendary BrocĂ©liande, 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 excellent musicians from the Eastern townships, Alex Kehler and FĂ©lix 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 HĂ©lias: voice, percussion
Alex Kehler: nyckelharpa, fiddle, nordic cittern, voice
FĂ©lix Duhamel: guitar, fiddle, feet, harmonica, jaw harp, voice



at Celtic Harmonies Internationa Festival 2015

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Concerts    Breton Brew

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Sophie & Fiachra avec André Marchand

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Irlande, Québec))
- violon, cornemuse irlandaise, guitare, voix, podorythmie






« C’est rafraĂźchissant d’entendre un groupe de trad s’ancrer dans le prĂ©sent avec autant de subtilitĂ© et de finesse. »
-- SiobhĂĄn Long, of The Irish Times

« C’est la musique irlandaise avec une touche quĂ©bĂ©coise sous son meilleur jour! »
-- Mike Harding

Sophie & Fiachra avec AndrĂ© Marchand, c’est une « musique qui vient du coeur », dit SongLines Magazine, c'est du « trad de qualitĂ© supĂ©rieure », selon Louis Cornellier du Devoir. Le trio a obtenu une nomination Ă  l'ADISQ et deux nominations au Canadian Folk Music Award avec leur album Un Canadien errant en 2016. Leur rĂ©pertoire est constituĂ© de chansons et de musiques traditionnelles du QuĂ©bec et de l'Irlande. Avec la violoneuse et chanteuse du Lac-St-Jean Sophie Lavoie, l’Irlandais, joueur de uilleann pipes, de whistle et de banjo, Fiachra O’Regan, ainsi que le lĂ©gendaire guitariste et chanteur, AndrĂ© Marchand.

SOPHIE LAVOIE, vient du Lac-St-Jean, au QuĂ©bec. Elle est introduite au monde de la musique dĂšs son plus jeune Ăąge par l’étude du piano classique. Elle s’intĂ©resse bientĂŽt Ă  la musique traditionnelle quĂ©bĂ©coise et commence le violon traditionnel en s’inspirant du style des violoneux de sa rĂ©gion, particuliĂšrement Louis Pitou Boudreault. En 2004, Sophie termine un baccalaurĂ©at en piano classique Ă  l’UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al. L’annĂ©e suivante, elle crĂ©e le groupe de musique traditionnelle quĂ©bĂ©coise L’attisĂ©e avec StĂ©phanie Gagnon et Pierre-Antoine Gauthier. Leur album Ă©ponyme est nominĂ© comme meilleur album traditionnel de l’annĂ©e Ă  l’ADISQ en 2011. En 2009, Sophie rencontre Fiachra O’Regan et s’embarque alors dans une nouvelle aventure, le duo Sophie & Fiachra. Ils ont enregistrĂ© un album Ă©ponyme en 2009, l’album Rewind en 2014 (avec le guitariste Micheal McCague) pour lequel ils reçoivent des critiques Ă©logieuses, et l’album Un Canadien errant en 2016, accompagnĂ©s Ă  la guitare par AndrĂ© Marchand. La mĂȘme annĂ©e, Sophie obtient une bourse du CALQ pour de la recherche sur le style du violon au Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, ainsi qu’une bourse du Conseil des Arts du Canada pour de la composition.

FIACHRA O‘REGAN, vient du Connemara, sur la cĂŽte ouest de l’Irlande. Il joue de la musique traditionnelle irlandaise au uilleann pipes (cornemuse irlandaise), au banjo et au whistle. Il a donnĂ© des spectacles aux États-Unis, en OcĂ©anie et en Europe, ainsi que jouĂ© sur scĂšne avec The Chieftains et Paddy Keenan. Fiachra est All Ireland Champion au Uilleann Pipes et au Whistle. Il a jouĂ© sur plusieurs compilations, notamment The Rolling Wave, produit par le Piper’s Club de Dublin, et Come by the Hills, produit par la Connemara Community Radio. Il a Ă©galement enregistrĂ© un album solo, Aisling Gheal (acheter), un album en duo, Sophie & Fiachra, ainsi qu’un album avec son groupe FĂ sta, Rewind. Pour obtenir des informations supplĂ©mentaires ou Ă©couter des extraits sonores, veuillez consulter sur son site : www.fiachrapipes.com

ANDRÉ MARCHAND figure de proue de la scĂšne Trad du QuĂ©bec, la carriĂšre d’AndrĂ© est jalonnĂ©e de projets artistiques qui ont marquĂ© l’histoire de la musique traditionnelle des 40 derniĂšres annĂ©es. Guitariste, chanteur et compositeur, il dĂ©bute comme cofondateur de La Bottine Souriante. De 1976 Ă  1990, il parcourt le monde avec La Bottine et participe Ă  l’enregistrement de leurs six premiers disques. Depuis, il a contribuĂ©, en tant qu'ingĂ©nieur de son et rĂ©alisateur, Ă  la naissance de prĂšs de 200 projets, donnant la voix Ă  beaucoup d'artistes, et a collaborĂ© avec plusieurs musiciens dont le trio Marchand-Miron-Ornstein, et le multi-instrumentiste Gray Larsen. Il fait parti du groupe Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer (quintette vocal a capella qui produit un coup de grisou sur la scĂšne quĂ©bĂ©coise), et du groupe Les Mononcles. Chanteur Ă  la voix grave, chaude et bien posĂ©e, AndrĂ© est un personnage attachant Ă  l’esprit vif et Ă  l’humour dĂ©bordant. Son style unique d’accompagnement Ă  la guitare, tout en nuance et en finesse, influence plusieurs gĂ©nĂ©rations de guitaristes Ă©voluant aujourd’hui dans le milieu Trad quĂ©bĂ©cois.



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Concerts    NIAMH PARSONS in concert

Purchase ticketsSaturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 8 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


Closing Concert: Celtic Voices - Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 8 PM

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


Workshops    The Uilleann Pipes with Fiachra O'Regan

Purchase ticketsFriday, October 6, 2017 at 11 AM

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

   La guitare dans la musique traditionnelle with AndrĂ© Marchand

Purchase ticketsSamedi 7 octobre, 2017 Ă  13 h 30

GALERIE VALENTIN
79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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Tarcolen

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Québec)
- concertina, fiddle, guitar






The band « Tarcolen » is a Montréal based celtic music trio formed by composer Laurence Beaudry on violin, composer and english concertina player Robin Beech and arranger-composer Richard Lupien on guitar. The trio is part of the new wave of Québec traditional music groups that find their inspiration from the music of Ireland, Scotland, Britanny, Cape-Breton and of course traditional music from Québec. Their passion for music from the celtic world is fully integrated and communicated in there great compositions and inspired interpretations.

ROBIN BEECH: Robin was born in Manchester and moved to Canada in 1987, then in Montreal in 1992. He started learning the english concertina in 2004, mainly in Glasgow pubs and home sessions. Since then, he as become a true session leader on the Montreal celtic music scene. He joined fiddle player Laurence Beaudry, composing and playing together as a duo. Richard Lupien joined them in 2008 and proposed to record and produce the first Tarcolen CD in 2010. With his unique and contemporary approach to the instrument, Robin is now recognized as one of the best concertina players in Québec and some québécois traditional musicians, influenced by is playing, are catching on to the instrument and adding it to the québécois répertoire.

RICHARD LUPIEN: Composer-guitarist Richard has been active for almost four decades, using open tunings from the very beginning of his musical journey and still moving forward with some new adventurous guitar playing. Evolving in many different musical styles, celtic music was is main passion for a good fifteen years that culminated with is trio Tarcolen. He will gladly follow his musical intuition wherever it leads him, at the pursuit of a new chord progression, melody, groove....and human encounters!! A gifted composer, he has collaborated with many singer-songwriters and his solo recitals are, to say the least, always intriguing and on the cutting edge of contemporary acoustic guitar playing.

LAURENCE BEAUDRY: Born in Sorel, Laurence started to learn the violin when she was eight years old, participating in many classical string and vocal ensembles like: l'Orchestre de la PlĂ©iade, le Trio des Bois, l'Orchestre de l'Île, l’Ensemble Ă  cordes Divertimento, le chƓur de l’Ensemble MontrĂ©al and le ChƓur MĂ©tropolitain. For more then fifteen years she has devoted herself to quĂ©bĂ©cois, irish and scottish traditional music and is now a band member of Arisaig and Tarcolen. She has toured in Europe and Japan with dance troupes: les Éclusiers de Lachine, les Pieds LĂ©gers de Laval, l’Ensemble MontrĂ©al, and has made many presentations with les SortilĂšges. Laurence is also an influencial traditional music composer with many of her original compositions being played in sessions and soon to be released in a tunebook.




Concerts    Free Concert

Purchase ticketsSunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 2:30 PM

St. Paul's Anglican Church,
309, rue Principale, Mansonville


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JAIGE TRUDEL

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Vermont / Québec)
- fiddle, cello, voice






Maivish is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together since 2001. Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland and America with a mix of original compositions, their performances are infused with lush vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirit.

ADAM BROOME is a folk singer, composer and instrumentalist from the Cotswolds in west-central England. His formative years were shaped by an exposure to Shakespearean theatre and choral music performance. Making music his profession since 1976, he has toured widely in the United States, Canada and the British Isles, performing on concert and dance stages with his various musical projects. An autodidact at heart, Adam developed his own interpretation of guitar and mandola technique within the folk genre, influenced primarily by early music and the traditional song and dance styles of his native England. A respected workshop leader, he teaches classes in accompaniment and English traditional singing. Adam resides in Stanstead, QC with his wife and musical partner, Jaige Trudel.

JAIGE TRUDEL grew up in rural Vermont studying classical violin and cello, and discovered traditional fiddle styles in her early teens. She is a full-time professional musician, performing at festivals, concert and dance venues, and giving workshops throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. She has toured extensively with the band Crowfoot, which she co-founded, and in recent years has maintained a busy touring schedule with Maivish. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and specializes in working with musicians, dancers and artists. Jaige regularly composes music inspired by the traditional influences of her French, Irish and American heritage.



‘Land of Beauty’ and ‘Ashmead’s Kernal’



Concerts    Into the Woods

Purchase ticketsTuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Théùtre Lac-Brome,
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)


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Wheezer & Squeezer

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Vermont, USA)
- piano accordion, border pipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistles






Wheezer & Squeezer are Jeremiah McLane (piano accordion, piano), and Timothy Cummings (Border pipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistles). They present a rare and masterful Old World blend of traditional dance repertoire from Brittany, central France, and the British Isles, as well as original compositions inspired by dance forms from these regions. A high-powered, one-of-a-kind duo who share music rooted in the traditional dance repertoire of Northwestern Europe, they are masters of the piano accordion and quieter, bellows-blown bagpipes (and also whistles and piano), creating a beguiling blend which utterly subverts the common stereotypes of their Old World instruments.

McLane and Cummings most often draw from an 'Auld Alliance' repertoire that includes bourrĂ©es from central France, the hanter dro from Brittany, triple-time hornpipes from the Scottish Border region, and compelling originals reflecting these influences. Their performances are unified by their zeal and musical craftsmanship, and often punctuated with brief and enlightening discussions about the music and their instruments. Some of the most common reactions from audience members include being surprised, fascinated, and charmed by remarkable blend of accordion and pipes, and that two musicians can at times deliver an orchestral quality of sound. This rare, captivating duo inspires both feet and spirits to dance, and is simply not to be missed. Their debut recording, ‘The Wind Among the Reeds’, won the Montpelier Times-Argus “Album of the year” award in 2016.

JEREMIAH McLANE, accordionist and pianist, has appeared at numerous festivals in the U.S. and in Europe including the Royal Festival Hall in London, England, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the St. Chartiers Festival (France), and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, both solo and with bands such as Nightingale, The Clayfoot Strutters and Le Bon Vent. He has composed numerous pieces for film and theatre and has received National Public Radio's “favorite picks” award for his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, and French music magazine Trad Mag’s “BRAVO” award for his fifth release, Hummingbird.

TIMOTHY CUMMINGS is a composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an unusually diverse repertoire, spanning from sacred music to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and France. Tim has served as the Artist in Residence at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada (Summerside, PEI), and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Piping Centre (Glasgow). He continues to lead workshops and perform at numerous festivals and gatherings in the eastern U.S. and Canada. His first solo album ‘The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia’ was released in 2012.



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Concerts    Auld Alliances, Shared Traditions

Purchase ticketsThursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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


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Richard Wood

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
- fiddle, stepdance






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

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.



Video Clip - Richard and Gordon
Video Clip - Richard and Gordon
Slow Air - Celtic Touch
Traditional Fiddle Medley
Rehearsal in backyard in England
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Concerts    The Islanders Return

Purchase ticketsWednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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


Workshops    The Art of Fiddling

Purchase ticketsWednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:30 PM

TBC
TBC

PEI Stepdancing

Purchase ticketsSaturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 AM

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

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