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Cape Breton Music Workshops
Faith Lutheran Church
Ottawa, ON
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9am-12noon Cape Breton Fiddle with Kenneth and Calum MacKenzie
Intended for those who already play but who would like to learn the tunes and styling unique to Cape Breton fiddling. We'll start out as one large group while Kenneth introduces the tune(s) then break into two groups based on skill level. Calum will provide a slower pace and less advanced style for beginning fiddlers while Kenneth teaches the advanced players how to get the Gaelic into the playing, and how to keep the dancers lively.

9am-12noon Cape Breton Stepdance with Jenny MacKenzie
Learn some Cape Breton, close to the floor jig, reel and strathspey steps, then show off your new steps at the dance later in the evening.

1pm-4:30pm Gaelic Piping with Kenneth MacKenzie
Explore this rich style of playing with a strong focus on rhythm and musicality and an inherent link with the song and dance traditions of Gaelic culture. This course is suitable for highland pipes, small pipes or border pipes. Students are encouraged to bring both highland and small pipes if they have them.

1pm-4pm Cape Breton Piano Accompaniment with Calum MacKenzie
Intended for those who already have some experience playing piano accompaniment this will be an intermediate/advanced level course on rhythms and choosing chords for common Cape Breton fiddle tunes. Students must bring their own keyboard, there may be one or two keyboards available please contact to inquire.

All Ottawa Cape Breton Session workshops are non-profit. Most expenses are covered generous donations of time and funds from local club members, one hundred percent of the registration fee goes to the artists to support and encourage traditional Cape Breton music. You can support young Cape Breton musicians with the purchase of an extra registration.  

Instructor Bios:
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 GĂ idhlig - 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.

Jenny MacKenzie is a Highland Dancer/ Step Dancer from Cape Breton. She has been touring and performing professionally for several years with various performing arts groups including the award winning Macquarrie dancers and DRUM!
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Faith Lutheran Church (View)
43 Meadowlands Dr.
Ottawa, ON K2G 2R5


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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