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Harp of Tara Irish Music Series

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

Driving Directions to 202 Main

2015 Irish Music Series

  • Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan. Workshops and private lessons, February 22.
  • 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

Sakia Tomkns and Steafan Hannigan
Workshops and Private Lessons. Sunday, February 22nd 10:00 - 4:00
202 Main Street

To reserve, e-mail Harp of Tara

Private classes 10 -12, 3:30 -4:00 :$25 for half an hour $45 for an hour special rate !
(2 or 3 could take a private lesson block for a minority instrument eg spoons)
If there is high demand for private lessons, we could add time on Saturday
Fiddle: Saskia
Flute, whistle, Uilleann pipes; bodhrán, spoons; Banjo, Guitar, bouzouki mando Kazoo etc: Stefan

Workshops: $20 each or 2 for $35
12 – 1:30
• Beginner Fiddle (Saskia)
• on rhythm - in sessions and performance using strummed and plucked instruments and percussion

1:45 – 3:15
• Intermediate/Advance Fiddle – Bowing Techniques (Saskia)
• Ensemble/Performance (Steafan)

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: $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 and a ½ day Sunday, 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.

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