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Harp of Tara Irish Music Series

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

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2016 Irish Music Series

  • Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff - Fiddle and Flute Immersion Weekend April 9-10, 2016
  • The Outside Track - Concert and Workshop February 29. 2016
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 workshop weekend

Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff

House Concert - Saturday, April 9, 2016. 8:00 p.m.
Fiddle/Flute immersion weekend - April 9 - 10

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 (10 - 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.

The Outside Track
House Concert and Workshops
February 29, 2016.
Workshops: 5- 6:30. Concert: 7:30 - 9:30

Concert: $25
Workshop $50, or $65 for Workshop and Concert.

Workshops: Harp Allie Robertson (Scotland), Flute Norah Rendell (Canada), and possibly a Cape Breton Fiddle workshop with Mairi Rankin.

Outside trackFeaturing a Multi-national lineup from Ireland, Scotland and Canada, The Outside Track plays cutting edge modern traditional music reminiscent of early las with a Canadian singer and a hint of the Poozies with the occasional bluesy edge.

The Outside Track boasts an award-winning line-up of Ailie Robertson on clarsach (BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad finalist 2007), Norah Rendell on vocals and flute (Canadian Trad Singer of the Year nominee 2008), Fiona Black on accordion (FAME academy bursary recipient 2007), Cillian O'Dalaigh on guitar and stepdance and Mairi Rankin on fiddle, vocals and setpdance.

Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe.

All members of The Outside Track are instrumentalists, arrangers and composers in their own right. Since meeting in Limerick in 2005, their sound has developed into a unique sonic fusion of harp, guitar and accordion bass accompaniment coupled with intricate interplay between fiddle, flute and harmony vocals. These “inspired arrangements” draw on diverse material from classic ballads, new songs, self-penned originals and traditional instrumentals from their native countries.

The Outside Tracks' Website: The Outside Track

Some videos of The Outside Track:

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising Kingston Brew Pub
Sunday March 20th

Ballads, tunes, poetry and history. all welcome checkback for updates

1916 Commemoration Tune Book

House Concert with Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh 202 Main Street, Barriefield. May 2016

Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina) and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle) are two of the finest instrumentalists on the Irish traditional scene. Individually they are stunning but together they bring a freshness and excitement to the music that is uniquely their own.” Robbie O’Connell (The Clancy Brothers)

Caitlin and Ciarán

House Concert with David Power 2016

202 Main Street, Barriefield,
May 2016

David makes regular radio and television appearances in Ireland and abroad, he has performed on stage with stalwarts of Irish traditional music including Martin Hayes, Tony MacMahon, Tommy Peoples and he regularly performs solo piping concerts in the United States and Canada

worth a listen, RTE interview with David Power "The Eighteen Moloney" : David Power - The Eighteen Moloney

Piper David Power was born of a musical family in County Waterford. He played the whistle from a young age, and at 10 was encouraged to take up the uilleann pipes by Jim Horgan, Area Music Teacher with the Vocational Educational Committee. He took his first lessons with the renowned Waterford piper Tommy Kearney for a number of years and thereafter had tuition with Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Willie Reynolds, Breandán Breathnach, Ronan Browne, MacDara MacDonncha and Peter Carberry.
Influenced also by Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, Felix Doran and Leo Rowsome, David won the Senior All-Ireland Piping Championship and the coveted Oireachtas Piping competitions in 1992. He represented Ireland at the Lorient Interceltic Festival the following year. He was a member of Liam Clancy’s “Fairweather Band” in the early 90’s and belonged to the group “Gorumna” who toured Europe and Asia later in the 90’s. He researched, compiled, edited and produced a substantial recording and historical biography of his mentor Tommy Kearney which was released commercially by Na Píobairí Uilleann under their Master Pipers series and has regularly performed at the Uilleann Piping Showcase Concert of the Willie Clancy Summer Festival, Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare. In 2003 he moved to the United States

David Power web site

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