October 5-13, 2019

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

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 8:00 PM
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Opening Concert:
THE WINDS OF ERIN

CRAN (Ireland) with Pierre Chartrand (Québec)

Opening Act: Alexis Chartrand and Timi Turmel (Québec)


“Unquestionably, one of Ireland’s most inventive traditional bands” – Geoff Wallis, Musical Tradition

CRAN are three of Ireland’s most exciting musicians: Ronan Browne, the original piper of Riverdance and Afro Celt Sound System, and one of the greatest Uilleann pipers of his generation; Desi Wilkinson, a leading exponent of the traditional Irish timber flute; and Seán Corcoran, one of Ireland’s finest singers, and a great bouzouki player too.

From lively jigs and reels, and haunting slow airs played on the expressive and iconic wind instruments of Ireland, to highly ornamented sean-nós songs of Connemara, and the rollicking mouth music of Donegal, prepare to be swept away! Expect plenty of stories, banter and good humour too.

“Irish traditional music at its best, mixing
amazing songs and stunning instrumentals”

– Kim Bates, The Green Man Review


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Adding to the excitement are Pierre Chartrand, one of Québec’s most famous step dancers,
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and Québécois musicians Alexis Chartrand and Timi Turmel, who will blow you away with their youthful virtuosity

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


Purchase tickets Adults : $37 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $42 regular; $47 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $32 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 8:00 PM
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THE ISLANDERS RETURN

Richard Wood (Prince Edward Island) with Gordon Belsher (Prince Edward Island)


Opening Act: Lawrence O'Hearn (Québec) and Cécile Delage (France)
"A fiery performer who dazzles with his fine fiddling, Richard Wood owns the stage."

Festival favourite Richard Wood has impressed audiences around the world. Gord Belsher is a powerful accompanist who brings 110% to the stage. Expect high-powered jigs and reels, beautiful slow airs, and homey Down East songs. Fresh from their East Coast Music Awards win, this duo delivers a breathtaking show!

Soul-stirring Lawrence O'Hearn with Cécile Delage on harp: If you have never heard the airs of Turlough O’Carolan played on the oboe, you are in for a treat! Bring tissues.

Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Monday, October 7, 2019 | 7:30 PM
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SEÁN TYRRELL IN CONCERT

"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)

A native of the slower moving West of Ireland, Seán Tyrrell is one of Ireland’s best known and most respected singers. Untempered by modern musical influences, this legendary bard is a “lover of words strung together in webs that capture moments and places”. A familiar song in his hands comes across as a revelation. Playing on a family of vintage mandolins and tenor guitar, he sings with a powerful, mesmerizing and unique purity. His appetite for telling it like it is is unquenchable. The Irish are a poetic people; Seán is the perfect example.

Ronan Browne, the original uillean piper of Riverdance and Afro-Celt Sound System fame, returns to the festival with Cran, and here with Seán, a old friend with whom he has toured and recorded.

"One of the finest pipers of his generation"
– Irish Times


A rare chance to see two of Ireland’s best!


Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 7:30 PM
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WEAVERS OF EMOTION

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

– Steve Behrens, 67 music

Ryan McKasson is a fiddle player’s fiddle player, combining technical skill with lyricism, energy with sensitivity. Eric McDonald is a rising star of traditional guitar, and no mean singer too. Jeremiah McLane is an outstanding accordionist who plays with subtlety and finesse. These three masters produce music of “alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality.”

As openers, much-loved Sutton vocalist Trisha Pope and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Haché combine their talents to delight and surprise

Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 7:30 PM
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PASSION AND POWER

Three musicians of extraordinary intensity and talent come together, pooling their passion for traditional music to create an unforgettable show that is as much about emotion as it is about virtuosity.
Pianist Erin Leahy and champion fiddler Louis Schryer are well-known members of distinguished trad-music families, while Timi Turmel (accordion) is quickly establishing himself as one of Québec’s finest young musicians.

Lac-Mégantic’s Kyra Shaughnessy combines elements of political folk and sacred songs to captivate audiences of all walks of life. Fresh… and in tune with the times!

Auberge Lakeview Inn
50, rue Victoria, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 7:30 PM
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SONGS OF THE GAEL

One of the most beloved Gaelic singers of Scotland! Cathy Ann’s voice, both rich and full of nuance, is mesmerizing in itself. But when expressing her native Gaelic, her voice becomes the music in ways both simple and profound. Adding to this great talent is world-renowned Celtic guitarist Tony McManus. Gaelic song with its sublime melodies is the chief artistic glory of the Scots, a tradition which has been passed down for hundreds of years. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience it!

Duo Delmes. Breton and Irish music…extraordinarily powerful flute playing, lyrical harp… What more do you want?

Théâtre Lac-Brome
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Friday, October 11, 2019 | 8 PM
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From Newfoundland to Québec via New England

Keith Murphy, highly respected traditional singer, brings us old ballads and songs from New England and his native Newfoundland. His simple yet elegant arrangements, pared down to just voice and guitar, bring the focus back to the beauty of the lyrics, while his rhythmic finger-style guitar playing brings color to his songs.

Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Nicholas Williams (flute and accordion) and Yann Falquet (guitar) are Genticorum. They combine magnificent three-part vocal harmonies with jaw dropping musicianship. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make this critically acclaimed Québécois trad band a supreme crowd pleaser.

Théâtre Lac-Brome
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 1:30 PM
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CAFÉ CONCERT

Alex Kehler (Québec)
Timothy Cummings (USA)



Spend a beguiling hour with this Vermont-Québec duo for a program of traditional music on bagpipes and strings.

Includes a cup of Virgin Hill Coffee and a treat!

St. Paul's Anglican Church
309 rue Principale, Mansonville
Purchase tickets Adults : $10 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $12 regular; $15 at the door
Under 12 : $5 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $7 regular; $10 at the door
Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 8 PM
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THE MASTER & THE RISING STAR

Tony McManus (Scotland) with Julia Toaspern (Germany)


et/and Duo Falquet-Gemme (Québec)
"The best Celtic guitarist in the world."
– John Renbourn
“McManus’ playing is rave-worthy. ” – Premier Guitar

Awe-inspiring Tony McManus is arguably the best Celtic guitarist in the world. Loaded with flawless ornamentations, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender. Julia Toaspern, young, and VERY talented, moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, to song. Together they deliver breathtaking duets – interwoven guitars, fiddle sets, and songs -- with passion and an enjoyment that is contagious.

Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme are master entertainers. Powerful Québécois fiddling, foot-tapping, guitar playing and singing!

Théâtre Lac-Brome
9, Mont Echo, Lac-Brome (Knowlton)
Purchase tickets Adults : $33 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $37 regular; $42 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $28 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $32 regular; $36 at the door
Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 8 PM
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Closing Show:
CELTIC HARMONIES... A World without Borders!


Cathy Ann Mac Phee, Tony McManus (Scotland); Julia Toaspern (Germany); Kate Bevan-Baker (PEI); Ellen Gibling (NS); Jacob McCauley (ON); Dave Gossage, Benoit Bourque, Yann Falquet, Pascal Gemme, Timi Turmel (Québec); and Shukar Roma Band: Dan Armeanca (Romania), Sergiu Popa (Moldavia), and Mohamed Rafi (Morocco); Zal Sissokho (Sénégal), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Alex Kehler (nyckelharpa)

Once again directed by the multi-talented Dave Gossage, sixteen brilliant musicians and singers from the Celtic world and beyond, will take you on an emotional journey!

This show combines unforgettable voices, award-winning fiddling, awe-inspiring guitar, exquisite harp, virtuoso flute, dazzling accordion, and the joyous beat of the Irish bodhrán and Québécois foot-tapping… with some of the oldest and most beautiful instruments from around the world.

The gorgeous crystal-clear sounds of the kora from Sénégal, the evocative medieval-sounding nyckelharpa from Sweden, the mesmerizing rhythms of the tabla from India, and the lively and mysterious melodies of Gypsy music from Eastern Europe…

Unusual pairings will amaze and enchant you.
DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!

Maison de la Culture
441, rue de la Cour, Waterloo
Purchase tickets Adults : $44 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $48 regular; $52 at the door
Over 65/Under 12 : $36 (until Sept. 24 inclusive); $40 regular; $44 at the door