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Harp of Tara Irish Music Series

House Concerts/Workshops
202 Main Street, Barriefield

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2015 Irish Music Series

  • Quebecois Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme. House Concert January 22. (2/3s of Genticorum)
  • Scottish Alan Reid and Rob van Sante. House Concert March 29. (ex Battlefield Band)
  • Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff - Fiddle and Flute Immersion Weekend April 18-19
  • Four Winds - Workshops and Concert (Caroline Keane: Concertina; Daoiri Farrell: Bouzouki and Vocals; Tom Delany: Uilleann pipes and whistles Robbie Walsh: Bodhran and Percussions) August 12
  • Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donaghue October 2014

Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet
House Concert: Thursday Jan. 22nd 7:00pm
202 Main Street

Concert: $20 advance reservation, $25 at the door. To reserve a ticket, e-mail Harp of Tara
workshops: guitar & fiddle 3:30-5:00, $25
Pascal Gemme et Yann Falquet Pascal Gemme is one of Quebec's national treasures as well as one of her most popular traditional musicians. With a degree from St-Laurent College (Montreal) in arranging and classical/jazz guitar, he has since been searching for seldom-heard songs and melodies, interpreting them in his unique and unmistakable style. Inspired by his fiddling grandfather, Pascal developed solid technique and has acquired a wide repertoire through the years.

He has played with (and learned from), most of today’s great Quebecois fiddlers and singers. Pascal teaches workshops wherever his touring schedule takes him - 20 countries in the last 10 years! Since 2003, he has taught intermediate and advanced fiddle classes at Montreal's folk music school (École des Arts de la Veillée). His teaching highlights include the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario - Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington - USA) as well as at the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California - USA).

Pascal is also a great singer of Quebec's folk songs, with a rich and interesting style and repertoire, again mostly learned from his elders. A musical director, he does most of the arrangements for his trio Genticorum, and was also the arranger, composer and musical director for the show Chantier by Zogma, a Quebecois-Celtic-World dance company. Pascal also works, when his touring schedule allows it, as a producer for different musical projects and as a studio musician for commercial radio and television.

Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).

His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with his main project Genticorum. He also toured for three years with the award winning Celtic and world group The McDades.

Yann has taught his guitar style at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, at the Goderich Celtic College as well as for Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp

If you want to listen to a few tracks of our project I invite you to visit our page on my website: Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante
House Concert. Sunday March 29, 7pm
202 Main Street, Barriefield

Concert: $20 advance reservation, $25 at the door. To reserve a ticket, e-mail Harp of Tara
Alan Reid was nominate as composer of the year at the 2009 Scots Tradition Awards, and was a vital member of Battlefield Band from it's inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured it’s stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today's Celtic musicians.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. Rob worked for Battlefield Band for 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He accompanied them on all their tours as their 'fifth' member until he left the band in 2010. During the 1970's, 80's and 90's Rob toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall, Tim Wood, Patsy Matheson and many more.

Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff

House Concert - Saturday, April 18. 8:00 p.m.
Fiddle/Flute immersion weekend - April 18 - 19

Immersion Weekend: $125 advance registration (till April 1), $150 late registration.
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 and a ½ day Sunday, Saturday evening concert and session. Potluck shared food, and Kingston has a range of 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 now plays 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.

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