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House Concerts/Workshops
202 Main Street, Barriefield. The Rambling House

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2015 Irish Music Series

  • Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue October 9. 2015
  • Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff - Fiddle and Flute Immersion Weekend Spring, 2016

Blackie O'Connell and Cyril O'Donoghue

House Concert - Friday, October 9. 8:00 p.m.
Worshops Saturday, Pipes and Strings

Concert: $20 advance (till Sept 30), $25 at the door

The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45) and our house concerts have almost always sold out. 

Send an e-mail to rmacdiarmid@cogeco.ca to book your spot for the concert or immersion weekend

  Michael 'Blackie' O'Connell is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. He was taught the uilleann pipes by the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne. His influences are the playing of Paddy Keenan, who is a regular visitor to his home in Clare, Finbar Furey and the great Johnny Doran.

  He has been playing the pipes from a young age and is currently living, and playing, at the heart of Irish music in County Clare. He regularly tours Europe, the USA and the Far East but is also very much at home at his local bars in Ennis or Doolin. At concerts and sessions Michael O'Connell performs with gusto, and audiences are swept away by his exuberant and fast flowing piping style.
  A regular guest of Na Píobairí Uilleann (uilleann pipes association), and the William Kennedy Piping Festival. He teaches and performs at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, and the Doran Tionol, as well as being a tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.
  He has also has toured extensively with various dance troupes in the USA, China, Taiwan and Dubai, including on Broadway and in Carnegie Hall. He has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is an ambassador for Irish tourism as part of the current worldwide internet and TV campaign by Tourism Ireland.
  He released his album; “We were drinking and kissing the ladies”, in collaboration with the renowned concertina player Hugh Healy in early 2010 to great acclaim.

  Cyril O Donoghue (vocals, bouzouki, and guitar) from Co Clare comes from a musical family with strong ties to the East Clare tradition via his father Paddy.
  He has recorded with many musicians including Tola Custy, Alan Kelly, John Kelly, Michael Queally, The Mulcahy family, Fisherstreet, Birkintree(Italy) and Foolin in Doolin. Cyril played in Doolin in West Clare for years and has toured Europe, the U. S. and both the Middle East and Far East with various ensembles. He also recorded a solo album, ‘Nothing But a Child’, in 2003.
  Currently a member of the Irish trad supergroup "Providence", Cyril can be found touring in any part of the world. With a number of top albums under his belt it will be interesting to hear what comes next from this amazing musician

Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff 2016

House Concert - Saturday, TBA. 8:00 p.m.
Fiddle/Flute immersion weekend - TBA

Immersion Weekend: $150
Concert: $20 advance (till January 20), $25 at the door

The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45, with 20 seats taken by the workshop musician) and our house concerts have always sold out. 

Send an e-mail to rmacdiarmid@cogeco.ca to book your spot for the concert or workshop.

Weekend registration includes workshops all day Saturday (10 to 4:30) and a ½ day Sunday (20 - 1), Saturday evening concert and session. Potluck shared food, BYOB, and Kingston has a range of B&B's and hotels to stay in - we can provide information. Free billeting is also a possibility

Patrick Ourceau is a virtuoso on the fiddle, an avid student of the old masters,  and a particular specialist in the style and repertoire of Clare and East Galway.

 Since moving to North America, Patrick Ourceau has performed with many U.S.-based musicians, including the legendary accordion players James Keane and Paddy O'Brien, concertina wizard John Williams, and the band Celtic Thunder. In June 1999, Patrick joined the Tulla Ceili Band on their last U.S. tour, and for three years has performed regularly with former Tulla Ceili Band accordion player Andrew McNamara. For several years, Patrick's main concert partner was Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin, a renowned County Clare concertina player now living in Montreal. Together with Gearóid, Patrick performed in concert and at festivals all across Europe and North America. In 1999, they released Tracin', a critically acclaimed duet recording faithful to the style and repertoire of the older generation of traditional musicians in Clare and East Galway.

Patrick is also featured on flute player Cathal McConnell's last solo album, Long Expectant Comes At Last, released in February 1999 on the Compass Records label, and on accordion player John Whelan's Celtic Roots, released in February 2002 on the Narada label. Patrick also appeared with a host of local musicians on Music and Songs from East Clare - Volume 1, an archival recording made as a part of the Millennium Project to preserved and collect folklore in that part of Ireland.

Patrick has been in great demand as a teacher and regularly teaches out of his home in Toronto. He has taught at various festivals in the U.S. and Canada, such as the Chris Langen Weekend in Toronto; the Saint Louis Irish Festival, and the Augusta Irish Week in Elkins, West Virginia; and at the Fleadh Nua in County Clare, Ireland.

Patrick has also played in the band ‘Chulrua’ with Paddy O’Brien and Pat Egan.

Ivan Goff
Ivan An All-Ireland champion from Dublin, based in New York, Ivan plays uilleann pipes (Irish bellows-blown pipes), whistles and Irish wooden concert flute. A traditional musician with an eclectic background that includes master degrees in both musicology and computer composition, Ivan has performed in several well-known productions including extended engagements with Riverdance (US tour and Broadway), Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and has featured in film scores such as recently-released Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney) exhibited in the Guggenheim museum 2003. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Ivan has collaborated as performer and composer in the theatrical productions Peacefire and The Voice of the Sea (Mac Uibh Aille) and has performed with numerous bands and artists including NYC-based Whirligig, Cathie Ryan and Irish traditional band Lúnasa.

David Power 2016

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