An evening of Cape Breton-style fun for everyone. Fiddles, pianos; square dancing and stepdancing all in one big blast. If you've been to Celtic Colours before and are missing all the fun this year you'll enjoy this evening that lets you relive the music, dance, fun and friendliness of Cape Breton. |
Adult: $15 in advance (advance sales end on Nov. 9 midnight)
Youth: (16 and under accompanied by an adult) $10
If you prefer to avoid online purchasing advance tickets will be available at the door for $20.
DARA SMITH-MACDONALD, was born and raised in Antigonish, but has strong family roots in Inverness. She now resides in Port Hawkesbury. She has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the United States. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest and Celtic Colours. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Anns Gaelic College, as well as to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association.
ADAM YOUNG is a sought-after pianist from the community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. He created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouses popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen over 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald and Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon.
"THE LAKE SESSIONS - a new album of Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano music" was released in June of 2017 and Dara and Adam are touring to support the album which will be available for sale at this event. https://thelakesessions.com/
All ages welcome, cash bar. Parking on the street or at the city parking lot on Murray St between Dalhousie & Cumberland.
Wondering about the square dancing? Cape Breton square sets aren't actually square and they're not complicated. As long as you know your right hand from your left and can count as high as four you'll do just fine! Gary and Debbie will be on hand to guide you through the motions and make sure you stay on course. In addition to square sets there will also be waltzes for round dancing and some step dancing too. And of course you can always just sit back and enjoy the music too.
***WORKSHOPS | LESSONS***
Adam and Dara will be giving both workshops and private lessons in Kanata during the weekend. Fiddle workshop will be on Sat. Nov. 10:
- 10-12 workshop on jigs and reels using OCBS tunes
- noon pot luck lunch
- 1:30-3:30 workshop on marches and strathspeys using OCBS tunes
- workshop tunes to be selected by the participants, in advance. Also a good time to ask about Cape Breton fiddling techniques, in advance.
- Piano workshop(s) t.b.d. based on interest and numbers.
Sign up for fiddle workshops here: https://doodle.com/poll/rtc5y3d3dnrdtckc
Private lessons will be given on Monday Nov. 12. To book a private lesson contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dara and Adam will be performing at a house concert Sunday evening in west/Kanata area. As these are presented in private homes and seating is limited you MUST reserve in advance with the hosts at email@example.com. Bring your libation of choice, $20 per person donation to the musicians, and a snack to share (optional). Payment in advance by e-transfer is always appreciated! Details of the locations will be given at the time your reservation is confirmed, to preserve the privacy of our concert hosts.
St. Brigid's Centre (View)
314 St. Patrick
Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|