October 5-13, 2019

EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, QUEBEC, CANADA
Knowlton (Lac-Brome), Mansonville, Waterloo

Dan Armeanca

(Romania) - voice, guitar

See Shukar Roma Band


Concert

CLOSING SHOW: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Gordon Belsher

(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. In 2014, he was honoured with PEI Music’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Together with Richard Wood, he won the 2019 East Coast Music Award for Instrumental Recording of the Year for "Unbroken". His 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.

Video Clips

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


Playing guitar with Richard Wood in Rustico PEI

Concert

THE ISLANDERS RETURN

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Bodhrán Hands-On: for Beginners & Beyond

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Workshop

DADGAD Guitar

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Kate Bevan-Baker

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, voice

"A world-class musician, Kate has a preternatural sense of what each musical moment calls for."
- Sounding Post Audio Services, LA

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.


Video Clips

Tullochgorum


The Bees

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Benoit Bourque

(Québec, Canada)
- 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 many bands with whom he toured extensively in North America and in Europe: Éritage, Ad vielle que pourra, Hommage à Alfred Montmarquette, Bourque et Bernard, Matapat, Le Vent du Nord, have all 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 many awards including a Juno (2004) and a Canadian Folk Music Award (2005). A specialist in the traditional dances of Québec, Benoit has presented lectures and workshops at many camps and festivals around the world, demonstrating his mastery of Quebec-style stepdancing. A founding member of Le Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon, in Montmagny, Québec, he has been emceeing their concerts for the past 20 years.


Video Clips

Stedancing with others


Benoit with Normand Legault


Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Bones and Spoons in traditional Québécois music

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Ronan Browne

(Ireland)
- Uilleann Pipes, flute, voice

"One of the finest pipers of his generation. An innovator who has developed his own unique style."
- Irish Times

Born in Dublin, in 1965 into a very strong musical background. His grandmother, Delia Murphy, was renowned for recording and popularising many Irish songs in the 1930s and 1940s. He began playing the pipes at the age of seven and was quickly taken under the various wings of the old masters, his main influences being pipers Willie Clancy, Johnny Doran and Séamus Ennis, whilst fiddlers Denis Murphy and Tommy Potts also played a strong role in forming his early style.

He straddles that difficult divide between pure traditional music and the modern world, ranging from solo work and writing for film & television, his celebrated duo with Peter O'Loughlin, through playing with CRAN, on to his work as the original piper with both the Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance.

Ronan has toured extensively and gives master classes throughout the world. He has been involved in over 75 album recordings and has collaborated with many of the top artists playing traditional Irish music, classical, pop, jazz and Country, including Anúna, Dónal Lunny, Finbar Wright, Alan Stivell, The Indigo Girls, Tommy Hayes, Sean Tyrrell, Bill Whelan, Elvis Costello, Nightnoise, Michael Kamen, Paul Brady, Bill Laswell, Sinéad O'Connor, Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest.


Video Clips

Port na bPúcaí on the Irish pipes


The Ace & Deuce of Pipering



Sound Clips

Bruach dún Réimhe
on bansuri: The Flower of Magherally

Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

SEÁN TYRRELL EN CONCERT

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Workshop

A Brief Safari Through the Rain Forest of Irish Music

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Alexis Chartrand

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, feet

Alexis Chartrand is a fiddler from Montréal who has been active in the québécois traditional music scene for several years. He is known for his energetic accompaniment of stepdancing and social dances. His interest in Québécois, Irish and Scottish fiddle styles inform his playing, along with his study of classical, contemporary and baroque music. He frequently collaborates with dancers including baroque dancer Anne-Marie Gardette, traditional dancers and callers Pierre Chartrand and Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa, and regularly performs in duo with guitarists such as Yann Falquet, Colin Savoie-Levac and Peter Senn. His 2017 album with multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Babineau (fiddle, guitar), Gigues à 2 faces, was nominated at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Traditional Album. His performances have brought him around Québec, Canada, New England and Europe. His research into the intersections between traditional and baroque violin styles has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. His teaching has been appreciated at CAMMAC, Sutton (Québec), Boxwood Festival (Nova Scotia) and Carleton University (Ontario), among others, where he has given workshops on fiddle, traditional repertoire and traditional music history.


Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Traditional Social Dances of Québec

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Pierre Chartrand

(Québec, Canada)
- dance

Born in Montréal, Pierre Chartrand is a dance historian-ethnologist, a choregrapher, a master step dancer and an artfull dance caller. He has been dancing for over 40 years, and teaches and performs regularly in Québec, Canada, the United States, and Europe. After obtaining his Master in Dance from La Sorbonne (Paris, France, 1991), he founded the Centre Mnémo, an archive center on traditional french-canadian dance and music. He has published folk music and dance’s books for Mnémo, and has written many articles for magazines, and frequently speaks at folk music programs and for conferences. He also won some awards (international dance medal in Madagascar, august 1997, and Prize for best choreography by the Independent Reviewers of New England, 2005). He has teach teach at the dance program of the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the folk music program of Joliette College. In 2000, he founded his own dance company Dance Cadence and produces shows : Rapetipetam, Chasse-Galerie, Le Bal des Ménestriers. etc


Video Clips

Gigue québécoise Pierre Chartrand, Yaëlle Azoulay et Alexis Chartrand au violon

Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Traditional Social Dances of Québec

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Seán Corcoran

(Ireland)
- Voice, Irish Bouzouki

"His highly ornate vocal technique is the true voice of Irish folk"
- Washington Post

From Drogheda in County Louth, Seán, is a vastly experienced performer who has appeared in major festivals and theatre circuits throughout Europe, North America and Japan. He is a song collector, bouzouki player, ethnomusicologist, a general wit and cultured man-about-town. Seán's extensive field work has drawn CRAN towards previously unrecorded songs and his deep interest in the great collectors has provided numerous songs from the pre-recording era. He recently re-formed his cult a capella group Pressgang and they are holding celebrated concerts.


Sound Clips

Captain Thompson


Erin, Grá Mo Chroí


Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Songs of the People: Irish Traditional Song in Gaelic and Hiberno-English

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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CRAN

(Ireland)
- Uilleann pipes, flutes, Irish bouzouki, voice

“Unquestionably, one of Ireland’s most inventive traditional bands”
- Geoff Wallis – MUSICAL TRADITIONS

“CRAN bridges the gap between straight-ahead traditional correctness and devil-may-care flamboyance”
- Colin Irwin – FOLK ROOTS

“Irish traditional music at its best, mixing amazing songs and stunning instrumentals”
- Kim Bates, THE GREEN MAN REVIEW


CRAN are a unique group in the Irish folk-music world with their highly-individualistic approach and a bewildering array of styles and repertoire. Each member of the trio already had international reputations in their own fields before the band was formed.

Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes, flutes, vocals) is widely regarded as one of the great virtuosos of the uilleann pipes, Ronan has carved out an international reputation both as concert performer and session musician. Ronan is the piper on the original recording of Riverdance and is also the original piper with the Afro Celt Sound System, appearing on their first two top-selling albums.

Desi Wilkinson (flutes and vocals) is one of the leading exponents of the traditional Irish flute (“the timber flute”) and a fine singer. Originally from Belfast, he was inspired to get involved in Irish music through the playing of Fermanagh fiddler, Tom Gunn, a near neighbour. It was from Tom that he learned his first tunes.

Seán Corcoran (bouzouki and lead vocals) had a long career as a solo singer before founding Cran with Desi Wilkinson, and is internationally renowned as as one of the leading singers in the Hiberno-English and Gaelic traditions and also as a researcher and teacher.

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 storytelling "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.

See also their individual bios.


Video Clips

CRAN An Dro Horo


CRAN on RTÉ TV singing "Erin Grá mo Chroí"


CRAN on RTÉ TV - "Na Ceannabháin Bhána"


Song: Cran - Rónan Browne, Desi Wilkinson+Seán Corcoran - Geantraí 2000


Cran - Brendan Tonra's - Banks of Lough Gowna|Geantraí 2000

Sound Clips

Captain Thompson


Erin, Grá Mo Chroí


Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Timothy Cummings

(Vermont, USA)
- border pipes, Scottish smallpipes, whistles

"A standout piper, arranger and composer... every piper will want to know him and his work. You'll be glad you did."
- Glenn Dreyer, Alternative Pipers of North America


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. He performs regularly with Triton, a trio with piano accordionist Jeremiah McLane and violinist/nyckelharper Alex Kehler.


Video Clips

Hanter Dro on border pipes with Alex Kehler on nyckelharpa and Jeremiah McLane on accordion


on the Scottish smallpipes, playing solo Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap/Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies

Sound Clips

Wayfaring Stranger (audio only)

La Crouzade (bourrées 3 temps) with Alex Kehler on nyckelharpa and Jeremiah McLane on accordion

Concert

CAFÉ CONCERT

Sunday, October 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Duo Delmes

(Brittany, France)
- harp, flute

CÉCILE DELAGE is a young harpist from France, currently attending the University of Montréal, 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, Cécile plays with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal, or l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. 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 Cécile 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 Montréal 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 Léhart.


Video Clips

Complainte du folkloriste (P.Bruneau)

Sound Clips

Premier EP de Delmes

Concert

SONGS OF THE GAEL

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Duo Falquet-Gemme

(Québec, Canada)
- guitar, fiddle, voice, foot-tapping

"The skill and grace of a large Quebecois band, the warmth and intimacy of a fireside chat. Pascal Gemme is one of the finest Quebecois fiddlers; working with Yann Falquet, they have a connection that is beyond compare. Yann and Pascal have command of the Quebecois repertoire, yet always keep the music fresh and innovative. "
- Andy Spence, Old Song Festival
"Yann and Pascal's vocal harmonies and intertwining melodies captivated the audience"
- Cindy Scheyer, Seattle Folklore Society

Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet started their musical journey about fifteen years ago busking while playing traditional Quebecois tunes in downtown Montréal. Not too long after that, they formed the band Genticorum along with multi-instrumentalist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, with whom they toured the folk and world music festivals around the world. Rich from their experience with the trio, Yann and Pascal return to the duo format to explore a more intimate approach to their music, focusing on Pascal's large fiddle tune repertoire accumulated through the years and Yann's folk song collection.

See individual bios of Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet


Video Clips

Le Prince d'Orange


Grondeuse double et turlutte Yann Falquet et Pascal Gemme

Les Habitants de Montréal Yann Falquet et Pascal Gemme

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

The Master & the Rising Star

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

English-Friendly « Chansons à répondre » Call and Response Songs)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Yann Falquet

(Boston, USA)
- guitar, voice

Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor's degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).

His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum but also with JUNO award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.


Video Clips

With Pascal Gemme - Le Prince d'Orange


with Natalie Haas

Les Habitants de Montréal with Pascal Gemme

Concert

From Newfoundland to Québec via New England

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

The Master & the Rising Star

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Guitar Accompaniment for Dance Tunes and Songs

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Workshop

English-Friendly « Chansons à répondre » (Call and Response Songs)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Pascal Gemme

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, voice, feet

Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene. Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.


Video Clips

With Genticorum - Reel Lenoir – 2018


With Yann Falquet - Le Prince d'Orange

Sound Clips

Reel Saint-Siméon

Concert

From Newfoundland to Québec via New England

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

The Master & the Rising Star

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Mouth Music and Foot Tapping

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Workshop

English-Friendly « Chansons à répondre » (Call and Response Songs)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Genticorum

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, voice, feet

“Genticorum have a rightful place amongst the new generation of internationally recognized Quebequois Bands. Beautifully presented recording….. harmonising brilliantly.”
- THE LIVING TRADITION

Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than a 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries, and has been nominated for a Juno and ADISQ Awards, in addition to winning the Canadian Folk Music Awards 4 times.

Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.

PASCAL GEMME:
Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries. From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

YANN FALQUET
Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor's degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum but also with JUNO award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.


Video Clips

Reel Lenoir – 2018


GENTICORUM - D'Espagne en Italie

LIVE - La Bibournoise

Concert

From Newfoundland to Québec via New England

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Ellen Gibling

(Nova Scotia, Canada)
- harp

Ellen is a harpist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance from McGill University, where she studied with Jennifer Swartz. As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and the World Youth Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales, and has toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Ellen is currently part of classical flute and harp duo Conundrum, environmental improvisation ensemble New Hermitage, and orchestral pop band The Heavy Blinkers. Her Irish traditional duo with Erin Dempsey, Ragged Robin, released its debut album, Deep in the Tangled Wood, in 2016.

Ellen is particularly drawn to Irish traditional music and chamber music, as well as performances that integrate multiple art forms and theatrical elements. She is the harp instructor at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Ellen has just returned from Limerick, Ireland, where she was pursuing a masters degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance.


Video Clips

John Brady's/The New-Mown Meadow/The Devils of Dublin


The Lament for the Death of Staker Wallace

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Dave Gossage

(Québec, Canada)
- flutes, guitar

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 Piché, 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.

Since 2015, he has been the artistic director of this Festival’s big Closing Concert.


Video Clips

Langstrom Pony with the Celtic Mindwarp

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Daniel Haché

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, feet, bones, kanjira, cajón, ti-fer, washboard, didgeridoo

Daniel Haché is a multi-instrumentalist of Acadian descent. His approach to music is one of intercultural fusion played somewhat like a one-man band. A sculptor by trade, he crafted some of the wooden instruments that he plays, such as the Cajun washboard.


Concert

WEAVERS OF EMOTION

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Alex Kehler

(Québec, Canada)
- fiddle, nyckelharpa

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. He had the chance to study under two Swedish musicians Torbjörn Näsböm and David Eriksson as well as the American of Swedish descent, Bart Brashers.


Video Clips

Alex on nyckelharpa with Nicholas Williams on piano (playing First Frost, composed by Nicholas)


Alex Kehler with Nicholas Williams - Morgonpolska, Sønderhoning

Alex Kehler, Tim Cummings, Jeremiah McLane at Celtic Harmonies 2017

Concert

CAFÉ CONCERT

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:30 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Erin Leahy

(Ontario, Canada)
- piano, fiddle

Erin Leahy, member of the famous Leahy group of Ontario, inherited the gift of her virtuosity from her father who was born in Ontario and her mother from Cape Breton, NS. She is a powerhouse on the piano with a foundation in traditional, Celtic, ragtime, and classical music. She also plays the fiddle with the same command, using its voice to illuminate her compositions and arrangements. Making music that draws from her roots, Erin also incorporates contemporary influences resulting in a seamless fusion of musical styles. Her sound is original and highlights the intimate relationship between the piano and violin. She is also a composer and arranger and has earned a reputation for her exceptional talent and versatility.


Video Clips

Erin Leahy - Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario

Turmel-Leahy-Schryer "The Morning Dew":

Concert

PASSION AND POWER

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Workshop

Techniques and Arrangements

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Cathy Ann MacPhee

(Scotland)
- voice

From singing by candlelight before electricity arrived on Barra to racking up over 135,000 views on YouTube for her singing of the Gaelic anthem Cànan Nan Gàidheal, Catherine-Ann MacPhee has sung through a world of change in establishing herself as one of Gaelic music’s favourite voices.

Blessed with a beautiful, powerful voice and prodigious memory for lengthy traditional lyrics (which she learned from her mother and grandmother), Catherine-Ann MacPhee is one of the most respected and beloved Gaelic singers of her generation.

Born into the Gaelic speaking community on the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, her journey as a singer began at the age of five when she performed at local ceilidhs and, later, worked as an actor and singer, shining brightly on her heritage. Her big break came when she was asked by Greentrax Records to share her glorious traditional music with a wider audience by recording an album. Her first of 4 albums, Cànan Nan Gaidheal (The Language of the Gael), was released in 1987.

Catherine-Ann’s varied career, encompassing live performances across Europe and North America, recordings, teaching Gaelic music, television work—including the Gaelic-language television series ‘Can Seo’ and hosting a series of lively interviews with well-known traditional singers and musicians for the Gaelic television channel—has kept her in demand in Scotland even though she moved to Canada in 2001.

She is now living in Nova Scotia, and still working non stop on the Gaelic scene. She continues to find admirers around the world and among the projects that have acknowledged her place on the international stage, is the album Chansons des mers froides (Songs from the cold seas) by French composer and producer Hector Zazou on which Catherine-Ann features alongside Björk, Suzanne Vega, John Cale, Japanese singer Tokiko Kato, Sami musician Wimme Sari and Yakut singer Lioudmila Khandi.

Catherine-Ann was recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.


Video Clips

Catherine-Ann MacPhee singing Cànan Nan Gàidheal (The Language of the Gael)


Cathy-Ann MacPhee and Mary Jane Lamond - Celtic Colours 2011

Catherine-Ann Macphee - Mìle Marbhphaisg Air A'Ghaol

Singing oran na maighdean mhara on the album Chansons des mers froides (Songs from the cold seas) by French composer and producer Hector Zazou

Concert

SONGS OF THE GAEL

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Gaelic Song

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Shawn Mativetsky

(Québec, Canada)
- tabla

Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada's leading ambassadors of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Called an “exceptional soloist” by critic Réjean Beaucage, WholeNote's Andrew Timar adds that “as a leading disciple of the renowned [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, he has serious street cred.” Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montréal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. He recently released Rivers, a solo tabla album rooted in the rich traditions of the Benares style of tabla playing.


Video Clips

Interview with him


Benarsi Tabla Solo in Teentaal (excerpts) - Shawn Mativetsky

Tukras, Parans, Chakradars, oh my!

Intro to Tabla & North Indian Rhythm — Shawn Mativetsky

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Jacob McCauley

(Ontario, Canada)
- bodhrán

Jacob McCauley is an award-winning bodhrán 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 bodhrán 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 bodhrán 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 Bodhrán.


Video Clips

NUA - Virginia Jigs


Mountain Top Bodhrán Practice

CoreLine Anniversary Model

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Bodhrán (Irish Drum) All-Levels

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3 PM

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

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McKasson, McDonald & McLane

(United States)
- fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, voice

"Ryan, Eric and Jeremiah create music together that is at once energetic, sublime, pensive, thought-provoking and jubilant."
- Steve Behrens, 67 music

"There's a certain spontaneity at work as the three musicians alternately contest and duel, combine and coalesce to bring their talents together."
- Tim Carroll, Folkwords.com

“The bow drives across the strings, thick and throaty, creating a pulsing sound that feels more of muscle than tendon…a compositional sophistication that is cinematic, transporting, and tantalizingly modern”
- The Boston Globe



Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, this trio “really shows how masterful musicians listen and play off each other.” Despite living active musical lives thousands of miles apart these musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path. Good friends ever since they met, their live performances are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music.

Ryan McKasson has gained a reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. In 1996 he was the youngest to win the National Scottish Fiddle Championship. In 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Donald McInnes. In 2004 Ryan and his sister, Cali, formed a band, The McKassons, that eventually included Ryan’s wife, Brooke, and her brother, Matt Jerrell. The McKassons released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie(2006). Since 2002 he has also been fiddler for a renowned contra dance band, The Syncopaths. Ryan has recorded with Hanneke Cassel, and with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.

Eric McDonald is a fast rising face on the traditional music scene. A former student at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he is accomplished as a mandolinist and DADGAD guitarist. His refined accompaniment can be heard on recordings by artists such as Katie McNally, Brendan Carey Block and Rebecca Wudarski among others. In addition to touring with Ryan, he is a core member of the Scottish power trio Cantrip, and carries forward an active musical partnership with master border piper Will Woodson. He performs regularly with experts of tradition such as Ed Pearlman and Andrea Beaton. In 2015 he released “Rove”, a combination album of mandolin/guitar duets alongside Bethany Waickman and a collection of ballads, self-accompanied. Eric is a well known instructor in his own right, having spent five years on staff at the Club Passim School of Music in Cambridge, MA and teaching at summer camps such as Maine Fiddle Camp.

Accordion master Jeremiah McLane was raised in a family with deep ties to both its Scottish heritage and its New Hampshire roots. Traditional New England music and dance were a part of his parents and grandparents generations. After an early formation in classical piano, Jeremiah spent his teenage years playing blues and jazz. Following undergraduate studies with jazz legend Gary Peacock, he studied Indonesian Gamelan, West African drumming, and the music of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. It wasn’t until his mid twenties that Jeremiah began to immerse himself in the world of traditional Celtic and French music, studying accordion with Jimmy Keene and Frederic Paris. He then spent several decades traveling in Europe, doing field research that laid the groundwork for a Master’s degree he received many years later from the New England Conservatory.


Video Clips

Brooke Leigh


Three Jigs in One Flat - McDonald and McKasson


Bay of Biscay (song) - McDonald and McKasson

Reels - McDonald and McKasson

Sound Clips

Mark the Hard Earth (Featuring Jeremiah McLane)

Fair Annie - McKasson, McDonald & McLane

Concert

WEAVERS OF EMOTION

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Tony McManus

(Scotland)
- guitar, voice

"The best Celtic guitarist in the world."
- John Renbourn

“Tony’s music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect”
- Tommy Emmanuel

“McManus’ playing is rave-worthy.
Loaded with flawless ornamentations, most of which should only be attempted on a very well set-up fiddle, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender.”

- Premier Guitar

“Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few."
- Acoustic Guitar Magazine


Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendent acoustic guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. "He displays an incredible ability to capture the melodic nuances of that ancient genre—including the sounds of fiddles and pipes—making his solo works supremely evocative."

He is a guitarist’s guitarist. He is looked up to by gifted guitarists with their own following such as legendary British acoustic guitarist John Renbourn and Grammy Award-winning John Jorgenson.

Self taught from childhood, through listening to the family record collection, Tony abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. By 2002, he had been nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music Awards, and soon after, his album "Ceol More" hit the Critic's Album of the Year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named "Live Ireland Awards" Album of the Year. In 2008, he was recognised with a Gold Medal voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine - fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel. He won the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009 for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year.

Tony has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. Through Tony’s hands the emotions of celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament- each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus’s playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide are won over to this music.

Quotes since his latest CD “Mysterious Boundaries” came out:

“this music is beyond beautiful, it’s…..PERFECT!” – Tommy Emmanuel

“the playing is phenomenal. it’s a masterpiece, I’m reeling” – John Renbourn

“World class! Masterful playing as always” – Steve Howe

“I have no superlatives to do this justice” – Dick Gaughan


Video Clips

The Sleeping Tune/ Na Gossidich


Bidh Clann Ullaidh (The Clan of Ulster)

The Maids of Mitchelstown

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Concert

SONGS OF THE GAEL

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Concert

The Master & the Rising Star

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Celtic Guitar Class

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Keith Murphy

(Newfoundland, Canada and Vermont, United States)
- voice, guitar

"His unaffected, resonant singing has long been as widely admired as his ability on guitar, mandolin and keyboards "
- Boston Irish Reporter


A native of Newfoundland, Keith has amassed a traditional song repertoire based in Eastern Canada, Québec and Vermont (his adopted home). His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs.

Keith was a founding member of Nightingale, a trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza Childsplay, and appears frequently with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy, as well as part of the Hanneke Cassel Trio.

Keith is an accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music and has also composed for theater and film. His versions of traditional songs have inspired recordings by other groups including Solas, Uncle Earl and Great Big Sea. Several of his compositions were featured in the recent Ken Burns’ documentary on the Roosevelts.

He is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center and the artistic director of the BMC’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont, which he founded in 2008. Keith is the music director for the WGBH Boston public radio’s annual Celtic Sojourn St. Patrick’s Day concerts.


Video Clips

Keith Murphy at Northern Roots 2016


Concert

From Newfoundland to Québec via New England

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Folk Song Collecting: Preserving traditional songs in Newfoundland and New England

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Lawrence O'Hearn

(Québec, Canada)
- flute, oboe

Born in rural Southwestern Ontario, Lawrence O’Hearn discovered his passion for traditional Irish music and classical music early in his adolescence. He soon stumbled upon his first tin whistle and began a long musical voyage. From the jigs and reels learned by ear in the Irish tradition to the scores of J.S. Bach, he would forge his distinctive musical style.

In his early twenties, Lawrence moved to the west of Ireland to develop and perfect his unique style of tin whistle playing. In May 1995, he released a self-titled album with Niall McQuaid (bodhrán and vocals), an album featuring a number of his original compositions. From 1994 to 1998, he remained active in Galway and was a member of the group Pangea.

He moved to the west of France in 1999, where he decided to pursue his love for baroque music. He entered the Conservatoire national de musique et de danse de Lorient to study the baroque oboe. Upon returning to Québec in 2010, Lawrence discovered a vast repertoire of traditional tunes from Québec and their striking similarity to those of Ireland. He has since made it his mission to adapt Quebecois music to his instruments, thus giving a predominantly fiddle and accordion-based music a breath of fresh air.

Lawrence released his album Si l’hiver peut prendre in May 2015, which includes a wide range of traditional tunes from Québec, Ireland, Scotland and Acadia, as well as a few of his original compositions. In 2017, he produced Out of Thin Air, a back-to-the-roots album of Irish music with a strong leaning towards the older styles of interpretation. Lawrence is the founder of St. Brendan’s Ensemble, a Québec-based baroque and traditional music group.


Video Clips

Lawrence O'Hearn (Irish whistle) and David Jacques (guitar) – playing An raibh tú ar an gCarraig

Concert

THE ISLANDERS RETURN

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Sergiu Popa

(Moldova and Québec, Canada)
- accordion

See Shukar Roma Band


Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Mohamed Raki

(Maroc / Morocco, Québec)
- accordion

See Shukar Roma Band


Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...A World without Borders!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Trisha Pope

(Québec, Canada) - voice, banjo

Trisha Pope is a singer, choir conductor, composer and multi-instrumentalist. After playing jazz for many years, her exploration and love of the banjo has carried her into folk and traditional music. She directs the Sutton Gospel Choir, co-directs an intergenerational community choir, and facilitates a monthly Open Stage in the Sutton area. She is very grateful for the gift and magic of music. And this creative opportunity to collaborate with the skilled innovator and performer - Daniel Haché.


Sound Clips

All By Love Alone Is Healed – from her CD "Songs I Learned from Trees"

Concert

WEAVERS OF EMOTION

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Louis Schryer

(Ontario, Canada) - fiddle

Louis Schryer is one of Canada’s most respected and sought out fiddle players. Passion flows through his instrument with a soulful touch and exhilarating spontaneity during every performance. He is the only 8 time Canadian Fiddle Champion and the only one to hold the title of 4 time Grand Masters Fiddle Champion. He astonishes audiences every time his bow crosses the strings of his violin with stylistic diversity and influences that cross the spectrum of fiddle and violin music. His foundation of Canadian, Québecois, Cape Breton, Irish, swing and classical music has shaped his musical ability into a unique style. Whether he performs as a solo artist with a solo accompanist, in a small group, with an orchestra or as a complimentary player for bands of various styles, his talent is virtuosic. He connects musically with any artist in a way that compliments the performance, captivating the audience into the world of the musician’s musical experience, leaving them feeling exhilarated.


Video Clips

Louis Schryer #16 MVI 0522


Louis Schryer # 5 MVI 0493


Concert

PASSION AND POWER

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Workshop

Techniques and Arrangements

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Kyra Shaughnessy

(Québec, Canada) - voice, guitar, banjo

“We found Kyra Shaughnessy to be both humble and talented…”
- Jim Corcoran, À Propos,CBC Radio One

“The next queen of folk...”
- Accès Musiqc

“As much as any artist I've encountered in her genre, [Kyra] writes and sings thoughtfully about the things that I feel are fundamental to the human experience...her best-loved music often compels us to conscious, critical reflection and hopefully the personal and social action that will help us heal one another and the natural elements that comprise and surround us."
- Brandon Wint, writer and poet

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 five albums. Her last two Standing Still and Passages are a mix of Quebec, Irish and West African traditions, with songs in French, English and Irish Gaelic.


Video Clips

Inisheer

Waiting for the Light

Envie de Tomber

Concert

PASSION AND POWER

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Shukar Roma Band

(Romania, Moldavia – Québec) - voice, accordion, guitar, darbouka

Romani music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The members are:

SERGIU POPA : Born in Moldova, Sergiu emigrated to Canada in 2002. From a young age, he studied music and in particular traditional folk and Roma (Gypsy) styles with his father, Ion Popa, a well-known Gypsy accordionist in Moldova. Over many years of playing alongside his father, he became familiar with Jewish, Turkish, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian styles as well. Despite his young age, he is quickly establishing a reputation as one of most brilliant accordionists in Canada today. He has his own group (Sergiu Popa Ensemble), collaborates with other artists, has been recorded on several film sountracks in Canada - two of which were National Film Board of Canada productions, and appeared live in two award-winning Quebec films La Peau Blanche (Daniel Roby, 2004) and Elle Veut le Chaos (Denis Côté, 2008).

DAN ARMEANCA : Romani singer & guitarist from Romania, pioneer of Manele style, and a big star in Romania.

MOHAMED RAKI: Mohamed plays the darbouka, a percussion instrument of the membranophone family, also called a goblet drum. It is a vase strangled in the middle and covered at one of its ends with a membrane, and is played throughout North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. It dates from 1100 BC and is one of the main percussion instruments of the Arab-Muslim world.


Video Clips

Shukar Roma Band, Montreal 2012

Sergiu Popa: Ushkadar, Turkish Gypsy

Dan Armeanca

Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...Pushing the Boundaries!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Zal Sissokho

(Sénégal) - kora, voice

Not all West African musicians are griots, the conveyers of the oral traditions of the Kouyaté, Diabaté and Sissokho castes, the three major family groups that continue to hand down the memory of the Mandingo peoples.

Be that as it may, Zal Idrissa Sissokho has not only the name but also the traditions and background of this culture, in addition to an incredible talent for improvisation. Zal plays the kora and sings melodies, in both the Malinke and Wolof languages, that are inspired by or that borrow from the traditions of West Africa. He arrived in Montreal in 1999, and received a professional development grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2001. Zal Idrissa Sissokho very quickly established a solid reputation on the Montreal music scene. He performs solo and also with many different groups such as Les frères Diouf, Fakhass Sico, Lilison di Kinara, Takatja and Muna Mingole, and has played on the albums of IKS, Hart Rouge, Lousnak and Les frères Diouf.

In 2004 Zal formed the Afro-Mandingo group Buntalo, whose name refers to the crystal-clear sound of the kora, which charms the ear from the very first note. This 21-string African harp blends magnificently with contemporary Western music, which is why Buntalo, whose repertoire includes original compositions and Mandingo classics sung in Malinke and Wolof, presents a modern sound while preserving the authenticity of these centuries-old pieces. Zal is accompanied by Thomas Niamke Ehui from Abidjan. www.zalsissokho.ca


Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...Pushing the Boundaries!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Julia Toaspern


(Germany)
- guitar, fiddle, voice

“Julia Toaspern awes her audience not only with her youthful vigor, but with her both delicate and driving jazzy folky guitar playing.”
- Folker Magazin

“Julia Toaspern’s bell like voice and her filigrane fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar.”
- SalonFestival

Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. She feels most at home in the Scottish highlands where she makes music, tends sheep, milks goats and is inspired by the clarity, even when it’s foggy.

She will share the stage on Saturday, October 12, with Tony McManus with whom she just finished recording an album. Her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony’s work.

Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and not so old, tunes. Tony’s and Julia’s arrangements are rooted in deep musicality and heartfelt expression. Each of the pair both flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique.


Video Clips

"The Maids of Mitchelstown" performed by Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern

La Valsounette et la Valse des Pastouriaux by Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern

Fiddle set - Tony McManus with Julia Toaspern at the Duncan Showroom:

Penny by Julia Toaspern & Tony McManus

Concert

The Master & the Rising Star

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...Pushing the Boundaries!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Turmel, Leahy & Schryer

(Ontario & Québec, Canada) - fiddle, piano, accordion

Driven by an intense passion for traditional music, this trio is known for its ability to transport its audience to a place that is as filled with emotion as it is spectacular. Destiny brought these three great musical spirits together to develop a rapport of the most contagious kind. Fiddle, accordion and piano will undoubtedly make you vibrate with their warm sound. Individually, Erin Leahy (piano), Louis Schryer (violon) et Timi Turmel (accordéon) are recognized as important pillars in their respective disciplines.

ERIN LEAHY
Erin Leahy, member of the famous Leahy group of Ontario, inherited the gift of her virtuosity from her father who was born in Ontario and her mother from Cape Breton, NS. She is a powerhouse on the piano with a foundation in traditional, Celtic, ragtime, and classical music. She also plays the fiddle with the same command, using its voice to illuminate her compositions and arrangements. Making music that draws from her roots, Erin also incorporates contemporary influences resulting in a seamless fusion of musical styles. Her sound is original and highlights the intimate relationship between the piano and violin. She is also a composer and arranger and has earned a reputation for her exceptional talent and versatility.

LOUIS SCHRYER
Louis Schryer is one of Canada’s most respected and sought out fiddle players. Passion flows through his instrument with a soulful touch and exhilarating spontaneity during every performance. He is the only 8 time Canadian Fiddle Champion and the only one to hold the title of 4 time Grand Masters Fiddle Champion. He astonishes audiences every time his bow crosses the strings of his violin with stylistic diversity and influences that cross the spectrum of fiddle and violin music. His foundation of Canadian, Québecois, Cape Breton, Irish, swing and classical music has shaped his musical ability into a unique style. Whether he performs as a solo artist with a solo accompanist, in a small group, with an orchestra or as a complimentary player for bands of various styles, his talent is virtuosic. He connects musically with any artist in a way that compliments the performance, captivating the audience into the world of the musician’s musical experience, leaving them feeling exhilarated.

TIMI TURMEL
From the Eastern Townships, Québec, Timi grew up in a family of musicians and learned to play the accordion at the age of 5. Although he is still young, he has been named Québec champion three times in a row, Since then, Timi has explored various musical styles. Starting with a purely Quebecois style, he also delved into the Irish world by learning the music of Joe Derrane. Timi is currently spending more time with Cape Breton fiddlers and pianists who are known for their rhythmic playing and energy. The combined influence of all these styles is what makes Timi’s style and sound so unique and distinctive. His natural talent and ability provides him with the instinctive tools necessary to take the button accordion to new places while maintaining the rich traditions from which both he and the instrument have come.

Video Clips

The Queen of Rangoon

Concert

PASSION AND POWER

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Workshop

Techniques and Arrangements

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Timi Turmel

(Ontario, Canada) - accordion

“Beyond the perfection of technique, what impresses in this young man is the authentic musicality, intelligence and strength of character that support his interpretations.” -- Richard Boisvert, Le Soleil

From the Eastern Townships, Québec, Timi grew up in a family of musicians and learned to play the accordion at the age of 5. At 15, he won the prestigious “Champion of 1 Row Accordion” title in the contest “Folklore en Fête” of Thetford Mines, Quebec. Since then, Timi has explored various musical styles. Starting with a purely Quebecois style, he studied the music of accordionists Stéphane Landry, Denis Pepin, and Raynald Ouellette. He also delved into the Irish world by learning the music of Joe Derrane, an Irish American diatonic button accordionist who is credited with re-popularizing the D/C# system. Timi is currently spending more time with Cape Breton fiddlers and pianists who are known for their rhythmic playing and energy. The combined influence of all these styles is what makes Timi’s style and sound so unique and distinctive. His natural talent and ability provides him with the instinctive tools necessary to take the button accordion to new places while maintaining the rich traditions from which both he and the instrument have come.


Video Clips

Hommage à mon père, de Philippe Bruneau, par Timi Turmel et Erin Leahy:

Timi Turmel (MacLeod's Farewell):

Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Concert

PASSION AND POWER

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Concert

Closing Show: CELTIC HARMONIES...Pushing the Boundaries!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

Techniques and Arrangements

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Seán Tyrrell

(Ireland)
- voice, mandocello

"The most intensely moving, soulful and talented singer of ballads and traditional songs in Ireland today"
– PJ Curtis


"One of the country's major folk voices" – Irish Music Magazine

"The genuine article"
– Billboard US

“When he sings I feel alive”
– Brenda Fricker (Oscar winner, My Left Foot)

On the night of a prestigious engagement at the Purcell Room in London, Irish singer Seán Tyrrell was asked if he could provide a set list for the lighting designer. "No," he told the stage manager, who then asked if he knew which song he would sing first. "I'm sorry, I really don't," he replied. "I won't know until I get to the microphone."

He has earned his freeform approach to live concerts through experience. Over time he developed a mental playlist of hundreds of songs, even when he stopped playing professionally in midlife. He returned to performing when, according to Tyrrell, "most people are thinking about retiring."

Seán also takes an original approach to phrasing, accompaniment, and even melody lines in traditional Irish songs so that they suit his gifts as a singer and storyteller. "I'm a reporter of songs, more than a singer," he says. He plays on a family of vintage mandolins (many are early Gibson models), as well as tenor guitar.

Seán has the ability to capture the essence of Ireland's music and deliver with a powerful, mesmerizing and unique purity.

In 1978 he began working for University College Galway, based in the heart of the Burren. It's hard to avoid music in this part of Ireland and soon Seán was lured back into the music scene. With a growing reputation he was invited to 'guest' on several recordings, including two albums with uilleann piper Davy Spillane. Swapping the Burren for the sheltered Bell Harbour, close to the border of his native county Galway, Seán divided his time juggling the demands of fishing, oyster farming, and a re-energized approach to his music.

In 1999 he released his much anticipated second solo effort, "The Orchard". Again the album was met with great critical acclaim. Seán was voted Best Overall Folk Act and the readers of Irish Music Magazine voted it Best Folk Album.

Seán was invited to set to music the poetry of Francis Ledwidge who was killed in the First World War. He collaborated with 5 other international musicians on "Songs of Peace" to commemorate the life and work of the poet. Recorded and performed them at concerts over two nights at Passendale cathedral.
A decade and three solo CDs or so later Seán has launched in Ireland 'Rising Tide'- The Collection', comprising 16 tracks including a blend of familiar favourites, plus seven new tracks.
Also available on the Ark Music label worldwide under the title of 'The Best Of- Man For Galway'

Seán has toured in the past with: Tommy Peoples, Davy Spillane, Paddy Keenan, Fergus Feely, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Brown, Seán Potts, Paul McGrattan, Three for the Ditch (Seán, Frankie Lane, and comedian Jack Lynch), The Visit with Little John Nee, Shaskeen and Kilfenora Ceili bands and poet Mary O'Malley. More recently he has concentrated touring 'The Midnight Court' with Johnny Mullins.

After many years languishing as a film treatment, "Message of Peace" on the life of one of Ireland's unsung heroes John Boyle O'Reilly, was released as a double CD. It has since toured the USA on two occasions.


Video Clips

Sweet Ballyvaughan

Dark Horse on the Wind

Sound Clips

The Man for Galway


Star of the County Down


Concert

SEÁN TYRRELL IN CONCERT

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

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Workshop

Why don't you sing and play like yourself?

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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Desi Wilkinson

(Ireland)
- flute, voice, whistle

‘Dazzling display of virtuosity and quirky genius'
- In Dublin

Desi is a virtuoso on the traditional Irish flute and a fine singer as well. Originally from Belfast, he was inspired to get involved in Irish music through Fermanagh fiddler, Tom Gunn, a neighbor and close friend. Tom taught Desi his first tunes.

Desi’s first solo album received rapturous reviews: "A dazzling display of virtuosity and quirky genius..." (INDUBLIN).

Desi has worked and toured with the best-known musicians and groups on the traditional Irish music scene including Dé Dannan, Donal Lunney, Liam O'Flynn, Máirtín O'Connor, and Andy Irvine.

From 1992-1994 he lived in Britanny, learning, playing and studying Breton music. Desi speaks French fluently.

An experienced, well travelled and popular performer with eclectic musical interests, he also contributes articles to academic books and journals. His wish is to be relatively healthy, try to do some good, have a good time and to be always able to enjoy music and to play and sing honestly and well – that’s about all.


Video Clips

Playing My Lagan Love



Jackson's Coagy/The Battering Ram

Concert

Opening Concert: THE WINDS OF ERIN

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

De Belfast à Sligo: Mon apprentissage personnel de la musique traditionnelle irlandaise

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Nicholas Williams

(Québec, Canada) - flute, accordion, voice

Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.


Video Clips

playing the accordion with Alex Kehler on nyckelharpa - Morgonpolska, Sønderhoning

playing the piano with Alex Kehler on nyckelharpa - First Frost (by Nicholas Williams)

Concert

Voyage to Québec via Newfoundland and New England

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Richard Wood

(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 Clips

Traditional Set of Fiddle Tunes

Vendome set

Sound Clips

Richard Wood from new CD - A, D, F, Be Mine... er


Richard Wood from new CD - Leaving Stoer


Concert

THE ISLANDERS RETURN

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 8 PM

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

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Workshop

PEI Stepdancing

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 11 AM

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

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Workshop

The Art of Fiddling

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM

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

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