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Celtic Harmonies

26 septembre / September 26, 2017
The Festival will start in 4 days. A few concerts are already sold out. Buy your tickets now before they are all sold out.

Le Festival débute dans 4 jours. Quelques concerts sont déjà pleins. Achetez vos billets avant qu'ils ne soient complètement remplis.

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 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 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 as we need facts and figures to see if we did good, bad or indifferent. Thanks for - hopefully - taking the time.

October 7, 2011
So much to see and hear. Tonight we have the Tannahill Weavers at the Piggery and Songs and Music of Brittany at the United Church in Knowlton. Tomorrow night we have The Tannahill Weavers at the Chapelle St-Edouard in Knowlton, A huge celtic dance at Odd Fellows Hall and Fernhill, a wonderful Welsh group at the Piggery. Whew.

October 3, 2011
Celtic meets Jazz tonight at the LakeView Inn, in Knowlton. Dave Gossage and Dwayne Cote. Incredible.

September 29, 2011
Brendan Nolan, tomorrow night at the Knowlton Pub. A Bard with a Bodhran. Perfect. And on Saturday at Massey-Vanier in Cowansville, the great Irish group Cran.

September 23, 2011
We've added some great opening acts to our concerts. We have Solstice, with Patrick Lesyk, Jonathan Moorman and Dave Gossage opening for the Tannahill Weavers. We have Sarah Burnell, great fiddler, opening for Fernhill. We have Isabeau Corriveau, great harpist, opening for Cran, and we have Soul Wood, with Alex Kehler and William leMaistre, both great musicians, opening for Richard Wood.

September 16, 2011
You can now buy tickets for workshops, master classes and others. Tickets are starting to sell fast.

September 11, 2011
Workshops, Master Classes and Plays will be online soon. You too can play the fiddle, the bodhran and sing in Gaelic.

September 1, 2011
All tickets can now be purchased online.

August 22, 2011
Press conference in Montréal on Wednesday, and another press-conference in Knowlton (Lac-Brome) on Friday. Things are picking up ..... Tickets go on sale next week. Avoid the rush, buy early.

August 18, 2011
Né à Dublin, l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Brendan Nolan est un vrai de vrai : un authentique barde à la voix riche qui manie les mots à l’irlandaise. Un interprète à la fougue contagieuse, un violoneux diabolique qui va vous éblouir, Richard Wood « s’empare de la scène ».

Brendan Nolan, the genuine bard blessed with a rich voice and an Irish way with words, is coming. And PEI fiddling sensation Richard Wood is also performing at the Celtic Harmonies Festival.

July 27, 2011
Le meilleur de la musique traditionnelle écossaise! Les « Tannies » passent facilement d’une intensité très rock à un climat introspectif inspiré. Leurs harmonies vocales puissantes, leurs arrangements inventifs -- guitare, mandoline, bouzouki, violon, flûtes irlandaises, bodhran et cornemuses -- ont captivé des auditoires de partout.

"The finest purveyors of Scottish music in the kingdom." says the Toronto Globe and Mail. The Tannahill Weavers are coming to the Eastern Townships. "…the band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound." says the Irish American News. DO NOT miss this chance to see them in the fall colours of the Eastern Townships.

July 10, 2011
And more good news. Dwayne Cote is coming! He is described by John Allan Cameron as “the best kept secret in Celtic Music.” But the secret is evolving and satisfying more and more audiences, leaving them both energized and in awe of his talent. Ashley MacIsaac says "You can't help but be inspired every time you hear him play."

Dwayne Cote is deemed to be one of the most unique violinists and fiddlers in Atlantic Canada. He uses a distinct classical tone, that he has developed through Professional exposure and his own initiative through self-education. In short his musical tones are inimitable and seldom forgotten.

July 4, 2011
CRAN vous éblouira par sa virtuosité à la flûte, aux cornemuses irlandaises (uilleann pipes) et aux instruments à cordes. Ballades obsédantes, reels entraînants, murmure de la harpe, récits sans âge, gigues irlandaises à l’ancienne..

Good news, Cran is coming! An amazing group out of Ireland, with Desi Wilkinson on flute, Sean Corcoran singing and Ronan Browne on uilleann pipes.

CRAN's concert performances are a dazzling display of technical virtuosity combined with fun and humour, banter and stories. The core of their repertoire is their native Irish material - bubbling dance music or haunting slow airs on flute and pipes, and vocals ranging from the highly-ornamented sean-nós songs of Conamara to the rollicking port a'bhéil or mouth music of Donegal. Their Hiberno-English song repertoire (songs from Ireland in English) covers the entire gamut from the old story-telling "long ballads" to lively comic songs of "pure divilment and rascality". They also include material from the related Scots-Gaelic tradition and from the other Atlantic Celts, the Bretons.

June 16, 2011
Well, we're off to a great start. Today we attended an event put on by the Chemin de Cantons, an organization that helps promote tourism in the Eastern Townships. We introduced the Celtic Harmonies Festival to members of the organization, and we presented some of the music that they would be hearing at the Festival. Members of the band Crowfoot played to an enthusiastically appreciative crowd who clapped their hands, stomped their feet and sang along. The group will be one of the many acts featured in the Festival.

In addition, we are planning a range of other activities such as lectures, workshops, master classes, storytelling, theatre, and arts and crafts, as well as activities to help people to rediscover their sense of wonder for the natural environment in this spectacularly beautiful region with the autumn colours at their peak.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Accompaniment of Irish Music
with with Cyril O’Donoghue & Blackie O’Connell

A hands-on of how to 'Back' a melody playing instrument, including an informative talk on the bouzouki and the Uilleann Pipes. Of interest for both melody players (Pipes/Whistle/Flute, ect) and 'Backers' (guitar/bouzouki/etc.), and the public at large

In English, for all -- Please bring your instrument

Purchase ticketsSat. Sept 30, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Get Your Feet Talking (stepdance)
with Jean-François Berthiaume (QC)

If you want to use your feet as a musical instrument, this beginner’s workshop in traditional stepdance is for you. In a fun and friendly atmosphere, come and learn the basics of an ancestral discipline! Express your roots as you learn to combine your love of music and dance with some physical exercise. Bring your shoes, ideally shoes with hard soles, and get ready to be surprised: your feet can indeed talk…

Jean-François Berthiaume has a rich and varied experience and is very much in demand. He has taught in many schools, danse troupes, and danse workshops/camps throughout Québec, the rest of Canada, the United States and in Europe. As a teacher and in his performances, he strives to transmit not only his knowledge but above all the enjoyment, which is the essence of traditional dance. His passion, instinct, energy and charm make him a true artist of this tradition.

Bilingue; pour tous

Purchase ticketsSat. Sept. 30, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Celtic Ornamentation
- For Advanced Beginner or Intermediate fiddlers

with Alexis MacIsaac (Ottawa Valley)

Learn basic types of ornaments and how to incorporate them into tunes, including Irish rolls, cuts, trills, drones, and double stops. For this workshop, you should be able to play a tune at a slow to moderate pace. A basic understanding of the types of tunes (jigs, reels, marches, etc...) is beneficial.

In English; for fiddlers

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct 1, 11 am - 12:30 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Cape Breton Style Piano Accompaniment
- For Intermediate to Advanced piano players

with Calum MacKenzie (Cape Breton)

Calum will teach basic Cape Breton style accompaniment, including rhythm and theory in order to accompany Cape Breton style jigs, strathspeys, and reels. Prerequisite is knowledge of chords and basic theory (e.., key signatures).

In English; for piano players

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct 1, 11 am - 12:30 pm

9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Once Upon a Drone
with Alan Jones (Wales / QC)

Not all pipes are created equal!

Alan Jones is a bagpipe enthusiast who is known for both his playing and his large collection 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.

In this workshop, Alan will talk about the different types of bagpipes in the Celtic world. He will tell some stories and dispel some myths. And he will play some tunes on various types of bagpipes.

En anglais; pour tous

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct 1, 11 am - 12:30 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Discover the Autoharp
with Patrick Couton (Brittany)

Discover the autoharp, a string instrument derived from the zither used in American folk music. You will learn its history, how it works, some playing techniques, its repertoire and you will hear it in action.

Bilingual; for all


Purchase ticketsSun. Oct 1, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Le chant de tradition orale de Haute-Bretagne
with Roland Brou (Bretagne)

Découverte du chant de tradition orale de Haute-Bretagne (francophone) sous ses différents aspects: au travail, à la danse, à écouter. On pourra y aborder quelques pas de danse.

In French; for all

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct 1, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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

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

In English; for all.

Purchase ticketsWed. Oct 4, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  DADGAD Guitar
with Gordon Belsher (PEI)

Based in Prince Edward Island, Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 40 years performing at concerts, ceilidhs, and pubs. In this workshop, he will be discussing DADGAD, or Celtic tuning, an alternative guitar tuning most associated with Celtic music. Don't forget your guitar!

In English, for Guitarists.

Please bring your instrument.

Purchase ticketsThurs. Oct. 5, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival The Uilleann Pipes
with Fiachra O'Regan (Ireland)

From Connemara in the West of Ireland, Fiachra was immersed in traditional Irish music from a very young age. After learning the tin whistle and the banjo, he took up the Uilleann Pipes, which became his principal instrument. In this workshop, he will share with you the inner workings of this noble instrument.

Due to circumstances beyond his control, Fiachra O’Regan will not make it to Knowlton in time for this Workshop. This workshop has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 8, at 1:30 pm. We encourage you to attend the Irish Session next door at the Star Café from 4:30 pm to 6 pm today.

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct. 8, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Traditional Irish Singing
with Niamh Parsons (Ireland)

Niamh Parsons has one of the most distinctive & beautiful voices in Irish music. Her voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. Headlining festivals, she has performed all round the world, including for President Clinton & Irish PM Bertie Ahern.

Not only is she a great performer, Niamh is also a great tradition-bearer. Her love of singing led her to collect 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." In this workshop, Niamh will share some of her secrets and teach you a few songs.

A songstress like her only comes along once or twice in a generation. – Alastair Clark, The Scotsman

In English, for all
Please reserve as space is limited.

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 11 am - 12:30 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

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

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

In English, for all


Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 11 am - 12:30 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Irish Bodhrán: Past, Present and into the Future
with Jacob McCauley & NUA (ON)

Join Award-Winning Bodhrán Player Jacob McCauley of the trad trio NUA to learn about the origins of the Irish Bodhrán, how it has progressed today, and how it is evolving into the not-so-distant future. Jacob will discuss how the drum itself has evolved over the years, the various traditional and modern styles, as well as his own technique that has allowed him to push the envelope of such a simple drum. Joined by his fellow band mates, there will be plenty of musical examples and a Q&A session at the end.

In English, for all


Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 11 am - 12:30 pm

15, St. Paul, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  The Bodhrán Hands-On: for Beginners & Beyond
with Gordon Belsher (PEI)

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

In English; for all.

A limited number of bodhráns will be available. However, if you own one, please bring your own.

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

15, St. Paul, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  La guitare dans la musique traditionnelle
with André Marchand (QC)

André Marchand est guitariste, chanteur, compositeur, et tapeux de pieds. Il est un des membres fondateurs de La Bottine Souriante avec laquelle il a tourné dans plusieurs pays d'Europe ainsi qu’aux États-Unis. Il a participé à de nombreuses autres formations et il a enregistré plusieurs albums. Son style unique d’accompagnement à la guitare, tout en nuance et en finesse, influence plusieurs générations de guitaristes évoluant aujourd’hui dans le milieu Trad québécois.

L’ atelier consistera en une exploration de progressions harmoniques (accords) en différentes tonalités avec des exemples choisis de pièces instrumentales du répertoire de musique traditionnelle Québécoise et Irlandaise. Sophie Lavoie nous fera l’honneur de sa présence en interprétant les différentes mélodies proposées. Les accords sont montrés avec la guitare montée mi-la-ré-sol-si-mi, c'est-à-dire standard.

Matériel requis : une guitare, un capo, de la bonne humeur ! Bien sûr, vous pouvez emmener un enregistreur audio ou vidéo.

Matériel fourni : feuilles d’accords, Sophie Lavoie et André Marchand…

en français; pour guitaristes intermédiaires ou avancés /
in French; for intermediate or advanced guitarists.

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Celtic Harmonies Music Festival  Bowed String Techniques
with Alex Kehler(QC)

Alex will demonstrate some bowing techniques, on fiddle as well as on nyckelharpa. He will also teach a few tunes, Celtic or Scandinavian, that put these bowing techniques into practice

Bilingual; for musicians and auditors

Purchase ticketsSat. Oct. 7, 3:30 pm - 5 pm

79, Lakeside, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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

Quebec traditional music is music made for dancing. Come and learn the basics of Quebec-style Stepdancing (gigue) from one of the best. A versatile artist overflowing with energy and a contagious joie de vivre, Benoit has been winning the public over for more than 25 years. A musician and a dancer, he has been a member of different bands with whom he toured extensively. Since 2008, he has been a member of the famous La Bottine Souriante. A specialist in the traditional dances of Québec, Benoit has presented workshops at many camps and festivals around the world, demonstrating his mastery of Quebec-style stepdancing. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master and to have fun at the same time!

Bilingual; for all



Purchase ticketsSun. Oct. 8, 11 am - 12:30 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)

The Button Accordion in Irish Music
with Stephen Jones (QC)

An introduction to the accordion as used in traditional Irish music, focusing mainly on the two-row B/C and C#/D systems. For accordion players - bring your instrument and we can learn a tune or two - and also for the merely curious.

Bilingual; for all

Purchase ticketsSun. Oct. 8, 1:30 pm - 3 pm

(2nd floor)
267 ch. Knowlton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)