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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 bientôt.

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
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 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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Saturday, September 30, 2017 8 PM 

OPENING CONCERT:

GAEL WARNING!

Michael (Blackie) O'Connell (Ireland)
Cyril O'Donoghue (Ireland)

and Jean-François Berthiaume (Québec)

Opening Act:
MacIsaac and MacKenzie (Ontario / Cape Breton, NS)



Two of County Clare’s most exciting musicians,Blackie O’Connell (uilleann pipes) and Cyril O’Donoghue (bouzouki, voice) are back to give us more thrilling, virtuoso piping and poignant songs and airs... Add to this, some Irish sean-nós stepdancing by Jean-François Berthiaume, a rare Québec exponent of this style... and this promises to be a special first night indeed!

As openers, Cape Breton piano player Calum MacKenzie and Ottawa Valley fiddler Alexis MacIsaac, a talented duo whose mutual love for the music is felt in each note and phrase. Be prepared to be swept away!

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Sunday, October 1, 2017 2:30 PM 

TARCOLEN


With Laurence Beaudry on violin, Robin Beech on English concertina and Richard Lupien on guitar, this trio finds their inspiration in the music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Cape-Breton and of course, Québec.

Purchase tickets Free for all

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


Sunday, October 1, 2017 8 PM 

BRETON BREW




Roland Brou and Patrick Couton (Upper Brittany)

Jean-Pierre Quéré (Lower Brittany)

Les Siffleurs de Nuit (Brittany / Québec)

A heady concoction of musical traditions from French-speaking Upper Brittany and Breton-speaking Lower Brittany.

Brou & Couton bring a strong clear voice to ancient tales, laments and true stories, delivered in French with a lightness and a joie de vivre that offset the music’s tragic elements.

Jean-Pierre Quéré offers us a rare insight into a fascinating culture with short songs in Breton, and contagious passion.

Younger ambassadors of Breton culture, Les Siffleurs de Nuit put their heart and soul into every song and dance.

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Monday, October 2, 2017 7:30 PM 

CELTICA ECLECTICA



BĂąmarang:
Dave Gossage (Québec)
Kate Bevan-Baker (PEI/Québec)
Sarah Pagé (Québec)

Opening Act:
Kyra Shaughnessy (Eastern Townships, Québec)

A mainstay of the Montréal music scene, flutist Dave Gossage joins forces with two classically-trained and highly versatile musicians and singers: experimental harpist Sarah Pagé, best known for her work with The Barr Brothers and Lhasa DeSela, and fiddler Kate Bevan-Baker who is as comfortable performing with symphony orchestras, as she is playing for Michael Bublé or in Celtic festivals. Lose yourself in a blend of Celtic, African, jazz, bluegrass, and classical.

Kyra Shaughnessy combines elements of political folk and sacred songs to captivate audiences of all walks of life. Fresh, modern and cool!

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:30 PM 

INTO THE WOODS



Jaige Trudel (Vermont/Québec)
Adam Broome (England/Québec)
and Tony Scott (Québec)

Opening Act:
Duo Delmes (France/Québec)

To commemorate the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau, a selection of his poems and prose will be presented along with interludes of traditional and newly composed music inspired by nature. Tony Scott will lead us through the woods and byways of Thoreau’s world with music by Jaige Trudel (fiddle, cello, voice) and Adam Broome (guitar, mandola, voice). Lush vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirits will propel you on a spellbinding journey through a celebrated naturalist's world.

Duo Delmes are up-and-coming musical talents, François-Xavier Dueymes on flute and Cécile Delage on harp.

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 7:30 PM 

THE ISLANDERS RETURN



Richard Wood
and Gordon Belsher
(Prince Edward Island)

Opening Act:
The Lovely Brothers
- Laura Teasdale, Sheila McManus, Patricia St-Onge
(Eastern Townships, Québec)

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

A fiery performer who dazzles with his fine fiddling, Richard Wood has impressed audiences around the world. Gord Belsher, recipient of MUSIC PEI's "Lifetime Achievement Award", is a powerful accompanist who brings 110% to the stage. From high-powered jigs and reels, to beautiful slow airs and songs, this duo create a breathtaking show that never disappoints!

The Lovely Brothers sing Cape Breton classics in harmony, with stepdancing, and quirky humour.

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:30 PM 

AULD ALLIANCES, SHARED TRADITIONS



Wheezer & Squeezer (Vermont, USA)

La Belle Équipe (Brittany/Québec)

Wheezer and Squeezer are Jeremiah McLane (accordion) and Timothy Cummings (Border pipes, Scottish smallpipes), a high powered duo who break all the stereotypes of their instruments. With French bourrées, Breton hanter dro, Scottish hornpipes and compelling originals, these musicians inspire feet... and spirits to dance.

La Belle Equipe: Québec’s Liette Remon and Paul Marchand with Brittany’s Roland Brou and Patrick Couton move you with their fiddle, guitars, banjo and autoharp. Whether evoking the great upheavals of history or the sad love affairs of a fisherman in the Loire, their songs will move you because they touch on the universal.

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Friday, October 6, 2017 8 PM 

THE NEW FACES OF TRAD



NUA (Ontario)

Qristina Brooke (British Columbia)

Known for her expressive fiddling and smouldering vocals, Qristina Brooke is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage. Influenced by folk, Irish and old-time music, she creates her own distinctive sound, and engages listeners with jaw-dropping effect.

NUA is an award-winning trio with a new take on music drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions. James Law (fiddle), Graeme McGillivray (guitar) and Jacob McAuley (bodhrán), through their original compositions and thrilling interaction, will inspire and exhilarate. "Inventiveness abounds and the interwoven nature of some of the arrangements is impressively daring." -- TradConnect

Purchase tickets Adults : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $27 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $31 regular; $35 at the door

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


Saturday, October 7, 2017 8 PM 

NIAMH PARSONS in concert



Niamh Parsons (Ireland)

Opening Act:
Sophie & Fiachra (Ireland/Québec)
with André Marchand (Québec)

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

"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

Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music. Described in the Boston Herald as both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal, her albums are 'must-have' collector's items for any lover of songs and singing. A rare chance to hear a solo performance by a songstress, the likes of whom “comes along once or twice in a generation.”

As openers: Irish uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and legendary Québec guitarist and singer André Marchand, will enchant you with their music, and Lavoie’s “lithe and masterful” compositions. “This is Irish Music with a Quebecois twist at its very, very best” -- Mike Harding

Purchase tickets Adults : $35 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $40 regular; $45 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $30 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $35 regular; $40 at the door

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


Sunday, October 8, 2017 11:30 AM 

KĂŞriadenn


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.

Call 450-534-2006 or go to
https://centreculturelstjohn.com/?filter_cat=4#     
Adults : $10
Under 12 : $5

Centre culturel St-John
593, rue Shefford, Bromont


Sunday, October 8, 2017 8 PM 

CELTIC VOICES
Stirring Souls... Lifting Spirits!

Niamh Parsons

Roland Brou et Patrick Couton

Linda Morrison,

Sophie & Fiachra,

André Marchand,

Benoit Bourque,

La Nef - Sea Songs and Shanties,

L'ensemble vocal Musique Ă  bouches,

Dave Gossage,

Seán Dagher,

Nelson Carter,

Bill Gossage,

Patrick Graham,

Nina Segalowitz and
Taqralik Partridge

Mouth music, Sea shanties, Heart-rending solos, Songs that tell stories and paint images as old as time... 25 performers will take you on an emotional journey!

Once again directed by the multi-talented Dave Gossage, this show combines unforgettable voices with songs that tug at your heartstrings, songs that transport you, songs that make you laugh, songs that get your feet tapping...

All this to the sounds of some of Québec's best Celtic musicians, and the thousand-year-old rhythms of Inuit throat singing.

If you are moved by male voices singing a capella in harmony, and your soul stirs when you hear the Gaelic language or the sound of the uilleann pipes, and if the joyous beat of Québécois foot-tapping or the bodhrán excites you, DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!

Purchase tickets Adults : $42 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $46 regular; $50 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $32 (until Sept. 20 inclusive); $36 regular; $40 at the door

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