East Coast Tunes, Songs and Fun
with Prince Edward Island’s
“The best, or more precisely, the most entertaining fiddler I have ever seen.”
– Shetland Times
Friday, May 24, 6 to 8 pm
Star Café (61 Lakeside, Knowlton, Québec)"Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him. Then a cutting strathspey to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd…which brings about numerous fits of spontaneous applause …. Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house…he is better than ever."
– Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian
If you like Celtic and East Coast music, and would like to hear the fiddle played by one of Canada’s most popular fiddlers, you will not want to miss this special performance by PEI’s fiddling sensation Richard Wood, in Quebec – Knowlton to be precise – for one evening only.
Through a serendipitous event, we have been given a gift. When we heard that this talented musician had a last-minute concert cancellation and would be passing through our region, we at the Montreal Celtic Festival Foundation could not pass up this opportunity.
You see, whenever we have presented Richard Wood, our audiences have thanked us profusely!
For more than two decades, Richard 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.
To find out more about him, visit his web site at: www.RWood.ca
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Richard will be accompanied by Gordon Belsher, a talented guitarist and singer.
The charming village of Knowlton was chosen for this event because it provides the right ambiance and is close and easily accessible from both Montreal and the North Eastern States. The Star Café’s new location in a historic building that has been completely renovated, nestled by the river in the center of town, is the perfect size for an intimate concert of this type.
If you are from out of town, why not plan to have dinner before or during the concert (The Star Café offers great salads, chili, sandwiches and more, not to mention special organic coffees and teas; after 6 pm they will offer a more limited menu but promise that their fantastic salads and beverages will still be available). Even better, why not stay the night (at Auberge Knowlton or the Lakeview) so as not to have to rush home after the concert. It is truly a special village to stroll through in the evening when all is so quiet – a perfect way to end the evening before retiring for the night!
The concert will start at 6 pm and will end no later than 8 pm.
Join us at the Star Café on Friday, May 24th !
Tickets are available online or by telephone (see below).
Hope to see you there!
Montréal Celtic Festival Foundation
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East Coast Tunes, Songs and Fun
with Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher
The Montréal Celtic Festival Foundation
When? Friday, May 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where? Star Café, 61 Lakeside, Knowlton, Québec
How to get there:
Knowlton (also known as Lac-Brome) is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown Montreal. The Star Café is located at 61 Lakeside in the heart of Knowlton (across from the park and next to the bridge). It has ample free parking. Click here to see a map:
Tickets : $20 in advance / $25 at the door (30 minutes prior, if available)
Online: Click here
By telephone: call (450) 292-3456 ext. 228
April O’Donoughue (450) 292-3456, ext. 228
OIRIALLA, SPIRALE & IN A CHORD
Music from Ireland, Brittany & Quebec
A benefit concert for La Maison Au Diapason and Celtic Harmonies
Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 3 p.m.
Maison de la Culture in Waterloo, Québec
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.
This performance will mark the end of Oirialla’s appearances at Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours as well as Ottawa’s GigSpace.
Opening the “Fall Colours” show will be The Eastern Townships Spirale ensemble which specializes in Québecois and World Music, along with In A Chord, a trio of three lively ladies.
The concert will be raising funds for La Maison Au Diapason, the recently built palliative care centre in Bromont, as well as for support of Celtic Harmonies International Festival.
Tickets are available online, in person or by telephone (see below).
Oirialla is comprised of fiddler Gerry O'Connor, singer and flautist Nuala Kennedy, accordionist Martin Quinn, and Breton composer and guitarist Gilles le Bigot.
Their music will showcase both Irish and Breton songs and tunes. Many of these come from the ancient, mystical Irish kingdom of Oriel whose music has developed as an eclectic mix of rhythms, melodies, and strong poetical lyrics.
All of the musicians making up Oirialla are renowned in their own right, and perform frequently as both soloists and ensemble players.
Site web: www.oiriallamusic.com
Gilles Le Bigot
Oirialla - Celtic Cabaret
|When?||Sunday, October 14, 3:00 pm (Doors open at 2:30)|
|Where?||Maison de la Culture, 441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo, Québec|
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|Tickets:||$23 in advance / $30 at the door (one hour prior, if available)|
In person: Brome Lake Books, Knowlton
Online : Click here
Donald Patriquin at 450-297-2779,
email at DonaldPatriquin@gmail.com
“Come to the Bower”
Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. Petit Campus (Montréal)
Saturday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. The Piggery Theatre (Eastern Townships, Québec)
Celtic Harmonies International Festival in partnership with the Montreal celtic folk band Solstice are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Solstice’s fourth album, entitled “Come to the Bower.” This is a momentous event to support a truly remarkable musical endeavor, and we would like to invite you to come and celebrate it with us!
Chances are that if you live in or around Montreal and are a fan of Celtic and/or folk music, you have already heard Solstice. At our last Festival in October, they opened for The Tannahill Weavers and were an immediate hit. They perform frequently on the festival circuit and round out their touring schedule with regular appearances at Hurleys Irish Pub, where they delight audiences on a weekly basis. Their new album is an homage to the Irish traditions of Quebec, comprising not only the energetic songs and instrumentals for which the band is renowned, but also a thoughtful selection of beautiful ballads.
To mark the release of their album, Solstice are playing two full-length concerts, one in Montreal at the Petit Campus on Tuesday May 29th, and the other at the famed Piggery Theatre in the Eastern Townships on Saturday June 2nd.
We warmly invite you to join us at one or both of these shows. This will be a musical experience you will not forget!
The concerts will start at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30).
Tickets are available in person or by telephone (see below).
One of Canada's best Celtic/folk band, comprised of three of the finest musicians on Montreal's explosive scene. Patrick Lesyk, singer and guitarist, Jonathan Moorman, fiddler, bodhran player and background vocalist, and Dave Gossage on flutes, whistles, and harmonica are the orchestrators of Solstice's powerful and exhilarating sound.
SOLSTICE CD Launch
“Come to the Bower”
|When?||Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)|
|Where?||Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur E., Montréal, Québec|
|Tickets:||$20 in advance / $22 at the door (one hour prior, if available)|
(Price includes a CD)
In person: directly from the band at Hurleys Irish Pub, on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights
Reservations: (514) 512-6415
EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, QUEBEC
|When?||Saturday, June 2, 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)|
|Where?||The Piggery Theatre, 215 chemin Simard, North Hatley, Québec|
How to get there: The Piggery is approximately 15 minutes from Magog, 30 minutes from Sherbrooke, 40 minutes from Newport, VT, 50 minutes from Knowlton, and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Montreal. It has ample free parking. Click here to see a map.
|Tickets:||$25 in advance / $30 at the door (one hour prior, if available) (Price includes a CD)|
In person: The Piggery Box Office, 215 chemin Simard, North Hatley
Reservations: (819) 842-2431
Jonathan Moorman, Solstice (514) 512-6415
April O’Donoughue, Montreal Celtic Festival Foundation (450) 292-3456, ext. 228