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When the translation is provided submissions to the blog will be published in both English and Irish. Please send submissions to the webmaster address shown at the very top of the blog. Please visit us often. This blog is the companion of the Ottawa Comhaltas website:

Beidh poist a fhoilsiú i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge nuair is féidir. Tabhair cuairt orainn go minic. Is é seo an blag an compánach an láithreán gréasáin Comhaltas Ottawa:

Saturday 25 October 2014

Autumn celtic music camp in Yarker, 31 October to 2 November 2014

Spend three days honing your skills in Irish fiddle, flute or harp with world-class musicians and teachers from the US during a special intensive in Yarker, Ontario, October 31-November 2, 2014.

Join Devin Shepherd, Sean Gavin, and Marta Cook for a weekend of immersion in Irish traditional music. The full $350 package includes:
  • 15 hours of intensive music training on harp, fiddle or flute. 
  • Homemade Meals: Friday dinner, two meals on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, and snacks, tea and coffee all weekend. 
  • Friday night Irish music session 
  • Concert admission Saturday night at Yarker Riverside United Church. 

Home stay lodging may be available for non-local students; please inquire!

To register call Pauline Vaughan at 613-817-4017 or email Payment is by EFT or credit card. (EFT preferred)

To view the full schedule, full information about our instructors, and detailed workshop descriptions, check here: 

Instrumental classes are for intermediate to advanced flute and fiddle students and advanced beginner to professional harp students. All three classes will cover Irish musical styles, repertoire, and historical context. The workshops will move at a relaxed pace, but will nonetheless cover many aspects of Irish music. Students will learn new tunes and will be shown how to play those tunes well. The particular rhythm and phrasing for each tune will be broken down and explained, and students will walk away with solid principles they can apply to future tunes. Methods for improving ornamentation will be covered, such as exercises for improving the sound and consistency of rolls, triplets, and grace notes. Plenty of time will be available for students to ask questions. Music will be taught by ear, with sheet music provided at the end of the weekend. 

Recording Devices are welcome at all workshops.

Saturday 18 October 2014

Friday 24 October Pre-CCÉ Canada East Regional AGM gathering/ session

Regional AGM - Friday Night at Celtic Cross Pub gathering / session

When: Friday 24 October, 5:30PM. 

For all the CCÉ delegates that are arriving on Friday 24 October for the East Coast Regional AGM, the Celtic Cross Pub has offered their upstairs rooms for people to congregate in to eat, drink, be merry, and possibly/hopefully have a session.

All members, are encouraged to drop in to meet any of the delegates that may go there.

Join us for a good craic!

Wednesday 15 October 2014

CCÉ Canada East Regional AGM and workshops

When: Saturday 25 October 2014

Where: Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 194 Fourth Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L6

Cost: Workshops: $10 members, $15 non-members; Dinner: $20 (tickets must be purchased in advance!), Céilí: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for students

This year the CCÉ Ottawa Branch will be hosting the East Region AGM, besides the meeting proper, we have a day full of activities with workshops (dance, music and language), a banquet and a céilí.

The meeting, workshops, dinner and ceili all are taking place at the same location: in the lower level of Blessed Sacrament Church. That's 194 Fourth Avenue, Ottawa, K1S 2L6.

Below is a schedule of the day's events, subject to change. More detail on each of these events follows.

09:30am: morning registration

10:00am: set dance workshop with Maureen Mulvey

10:30am: language workshop with Tomás Ó Murchú
      lunch break (not provided)

12:30pm: afternoon registration
1:00pm: AGM
1:30pm: singing workshop with Ellen MacIsaac
1:30pm: pipes/whistle workshop with Steafan Hannigan
3:30pm: bodhran workshop with Steafan Hannigan
6:00pm: dinner (at the Blessed Sacrament Hall)
8:00pm: céilí

The workshops are open to all. One or two (Bodhran and/or Uilleann Pipes) may be happening at the same time as the AGM, but in a separate room. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members, for each workshop, payable to CCE Ottawa for cheques, or cash. There will be a registration table from 09:30 and from 12:30 to 13:00.

Here is a summary of the workshops.


Ellen MacIsaac will offer a workshop on singing in both the English and Irish-language traditions. The workshop will focus not just on repertoire, but also on ornaments and on voice production to achieve the right sound when singing in the Irish tradition. Ellen lectures at the University of Ottawa in the Modern Languages department, and directs the Ottawa Celtic Choir. 

Bodhran/ Uilleann Pipes

Steafan Hannigan has worked with many top artists including Lorraine Jordan, Il Divo, Julian Lloyd Weber, Pete Lockett, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Gary Barlow, Uriah Heep, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, John Kirkpatrick, Broderick, Luke Daniels, Sin É, Linn Tilla, Anne Lister, Eileen McGann, Band of Hope, Lammas, Tim Garland, Brian Willoghby from the Strawbs, Loreena McKennitt , Jeff Martin, James Keelaghan, Art Turner, The Afro-celts, John O'Connor, and Michael Flately. He was, sadly, unavailable for some wonderful people such as Page and Plant, Tory Amos (wedding), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dave Stuart, and U2 who he had to turn down!
Steafan has worked in over twenty countries , recorded on over eighty albums and played live in places as diverse as Syria, Sudan, Jordan, Greece, Kazakstan  India, Canada, and Turkey.

Tomás Ó Murchú, a Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Scholar and a Teagascóir Gaeilge – University of Ottawa.


The East Region AGM will run from 1:30PM to 4:30 PM. There will be many CCÉ members from other East Canada branches.

We invite you to join us for a catered dinner in the church hall, between the AGM and the ceili. Dinner to be served at 6pm, and will include a vegetarian option. The cost is $20, and you must pay for your dinner ticket in advance at the following link: The dinner is being catered by Bobby's Table, a 4.5 star Ottawa caterer.

IMPORTANT! The deadline for paying for the dinner is Wed, Oct 22 at 9AM.

These are pictures taken at the AGM by P. Cassidy.

Join us for our monthly céilí  featuring live music by the 
CCÉ Ottawa Céilí Band, refreshments, dances called by our chair Sheila Scott, and live entertainment by the "Hannigan family." As this ceili falls close to Hallowe'en, we encourage you to dress up in a costume if you like. Cost of the ceili is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for students, payable at the door.

We hope that you will join us on the 25th of October for a good craic!

Friday 10 October 2014

Don Kavanagh to receive Community Award for Arts and Culture

West Quebecers 11th Annual Community Awards and Banquet

When: Friday 24 October 2014
Where: Aydelu Centre, 94, rue du Patrimoine, Gatineau, QC J9H 3P4.
Time: 6:15 PM, meet and greet
Cost: $45, aco@westquebecers.caRAWQ - 819 682-9602; Toll-free 1-877-733-0177 

One of the founders of CCÉ Ottawa, Don Kavanagh has been selected to receive the 2014 Arts and Culture award from the Regional Association of West Quebecers.

Don, a native of Dublin, grew up with traditional Irish music, he is well-known musician renown for his slow airs and hornpipes played on his trusty harmonica. He arrived in Canada in 1954, and along with other Irish-born musicians founded CCÉ Ottawa Branch in 1975.

The award will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet at the Aydelu Centre in Aylmer. Ticket includes a full buffet by Shep's Catering and the Awards Ceremony. There is a draw for a dinner for two at Bistro Ambrosia in Aylmer for tickets purchased by 16th October. 

Thursday 2 October 2014

CCE meeting reminder and new bylaws for review

Hello again CCE Members,

Just a reminder about our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 8th. This is the usual AGM in some ways -- presenting you with a report of our annual activities, and electing a new executive -- but with one very important addition: approving a special resolution that is required under the Not For Profit Act, a resolution that includes new bylaws. Voting in favour of this resolution allows us to continue being a non-profit, essentially.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about what's in there. Everything in the bylaws, though, is mandated to be in there by either a) the Not for Profit Act and/or b) the Bunreacht, which is CCE's own set of bylaws and guiding principles.

If you cannot come to the meeting, you are still welcome to vote on the bylaws. To do so. please send Maureen Maher an email, and state the following:

"I, [name], vote FOR/AGAINST [choose one] the special resolution of Oct 8th, 2014, to apply for a Certificate of Continuance under the Not-for-profit Corporations Act and enact the new bylaws."

These electronic votes will be counted and added to the tally of votes at the meeting.

Once again, the meeting details:

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7pm

University of Ottawa, 70 Laurier Ave. 
(corner of Laurier and Waller) Arts Building, Room 509

Link to campus map, which shows parking areas:
Or consider taking public transit: the Laurier station on the Transitway is right by the Arts Building

And a reminder that memberships are now due -- payment accepted at the meeting or online here:

Hope to see you on Wednesday,

Caitlin Crockard

Secretary, on behalf of the CCE Ottawa executive

Caitlin Crockard
Secretary, Ottawa Branch
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!