Ottawa Cape Breton Session Dance and Ceilidh
Hosted by the Ottawa Cape Breton Club, at the Montgomery Legion Hall 330 Kent St. (at McLaren) Ottawa, ON.
Square set refresher 7:30pm, dancing and other entertainment 8pm to 11pm. Tickets $10 advance or $15 at the door.
Didn't make it to Nova Scotia for Celtic Colours Festival? Well, we're bringing the festival to the National Capital with this event. If you've never experienced a Cape Breton square set (or if it's been a long time since your last one) come at 7:30 for a short instructional set. If you want to learn some fancy steps to show off at the dance check out the stepdance workshop at: http://workshops.brownpapertickets.com.
This is a rare opportunity to hear the highland pipes played in the traditional Gaelic dance style, some sets will be played on fiddle and some on pipes.
Tickets are single admission, or family pack. A family pack is a single ticket that admits four people, all four must present at the door at the same time.
All Ottawa Cape Breton Session/ CB Club of Ottawa events are non-profit. Most expenses are covered generous donations of time and funds from local club members, nearly all of the ticket price goes to the artists to support and encourage traditional music. You can support young Cape Breton musicians with the purchase of an extra ticket or two.
About the artists:
Kenneth MacKenzie is a piper and fiddler from Mabou. He grew up in a Gaelic-speaking household and the Gaelic culture has been an integral part of his life from the early years. Having studied the pipes with Scott MacAulay at the College of Piping in Summerside, in Scotland, and at the Gaelic College over the years, his music is becoming well-known for its irresistible drive and lively, traditional feel. Kenneth is part of Nuallan - a new piping group associated with Colaisde na Gàidhlig - The Gaelic College which seeks to represent, promote and explore the Gaelic style of piping through performance, education and collaboration. This rich style of playing had a strong focus on rhythm and musicality and an inherent link with the song and dance traditions of Gaelic culture.
Growing up in Mabou, Calum MacKenzie was surrounded by traditional music and the Gaelic language. He started learning to play the fiddle and piano at an early age and was tutored by some of the island's foremost teachers. While in high school, Calum was a member of the group Celtic Crew. He has played at numerous concerts, ceilidhs, pubs, dances, and other events on Cape Breton Island and has passed on his musical knowledge through Feisnan and other classes on Cape Breton. Calum taught fiddle and piano at Ceolas school in Scotland through the Summer of 2004. While working in Scotland, he performed with such well-known musicians as Dochas, Daimh, Simon Bradley from Asturian group Llan de Cubel, Luke Plumb of Shooglenifty, and Scottish piper Iain MacDonald.
Montgomery Legion Hall (View)
330 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H3
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