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St Patrick's Society of
Our chief patron. Lists events and membership
information. Subscribe to their newsletter, Nuacht
or read it online.
for Canadian Irish Studies at
Concordia. You can get a minor undegraduate degree
or an adult education certificate. Meas!!
Plus, if you email them at firstname.lastname@example.org';
they will put you on their notification list for
all kinds of local Irish events, lectures, shows.
Danseurs et Musiciens de
l'Île Jésus (http://www.dmij.net)
Laval group offering Québecois and international
traditional dance workshops with live music, plus
music workshops. Sounds like fun! The site also
has music recordings, for which you must register
to get access.
United Irish Societies of
(http://www.montrealirishparade.com/) The UIS
features extensive information on the Montreal St
Patrick's Day Parade including history. The UIS's
Celtic website links is an
excellent list of Celtic and Montreal Irish
Comhrá - Montréal Irish
Language Study Circle (MILSC)
The name speaks for itself! The newly updated
website gives key contact info for those seeking
Irish language classes and events in the
Montreal area, as well as a useful list of
sources for learning more about the language.
La Société pour la promotion de
la danse traditionnelle québécoise (SPDTQ)
est un organisme qui oeuvre à la diffusion
des arts de la veillée : la musique, la
danse, la chanson et le conte.
The SPDTQ is local organization for the
promotion of the traditional dance of Quebec.
It organizes numerous activities, notably the
L'École des arts de la veillée music
school , Les Veillées du Plateau
dances, and the les viellées trad
sessions of traditional quebecois music and
A Guide to the Irish Flute
information, including advice for obtaining a
suitable flute, by Siamsa teacher Brad Hurley.
Bodhrans & Bones (http://www.ardglen-bodhrans.com/)
Hand-made instruments for discerning drummers.
These bodhrans are skillfully produced by Fred
Graham. Fred teaches the advanced bodhran class at
Brother Steve's tin whistle
A wealth of material for whistle players,
including photos and tips for Siamsa whistle
students, by whistle teacher Stephen Jones. Sign
Ceolas celtic music archive
(www.ceolas.org/ceolas.html) Claims to house the
largest online collection of information on celtic
music, including hundreds of links. Here you will
find include profiles, links and discographies of
hundreds of musicians and groups, tour schedules,
festivals, sessions and places to hear the music
around the world, books, magazines, mail-order
sources, radio shows, and links, links, links,
reviews & sound clips of new and classic
recordings, information on celtic-style
instruments, hundreds of traditional tunes in
different formats, along with software and tune
indexes, and celtic dance related sites.
Walshaw's The abc musical notation language
(http://www.walshaw.plus.com/abc/) Explains ABC
notation, an alternative to normal music notation
which is very popular in traditional music.
(http://comhaltas.ie/) This is the largest
international traditional Irish Music
organization, with branches all over the world.
Notable in their website are contacts for every
branch, information about central and regional
musical archives (in Ireland), a schedule of
sessions in Ireland, and biographies (billeog) of
important musicians who have moved on to the next
world. Check out the downloadable mini-videos
(www.cranfordpub.com) All publications from this
Cape Breton Island publisher are of the highest
quality. Selected first-rate recordings of Cape
Breton, Irish, or Scottish styles are for sale
online. The site offers an introduction to ABC
notation, a 'tune of the month', many high-quality
sound clips, and more. Many hidden delights, eg,
the home page and several articles by Siamsa's
first fiddle teacher, David 'Papper' Papazian.
Les Danseux (www.lesdanseux.org)
un groupe d'animation en danses traditionnelles
québécoises composé de danseurs amateurs
passionnés voulant éveiller votre
curiosité,susciter votre intérêt pour notre
musique et nos danses en redonnant une place de
choix à notre culture.
Irish Music Blog This webpage
provides links to primarily Ottawa Valley, and
Irish Traditional Music (ITM), activities in, or
within a few hours to a day's drive, of the Ottawa
/ National Capital Region of Canada. Music is a
shared experience between musicians and the
Roger Millington Publishing
www.rogermillington.com) Multi-talented Stephen
Jones, a former Siamsa teacher, produces this web
home of Packie Manus Byrne. You can learn all
about Packie and sample the various books about
Whistle & Drum
(www.whistleanddrum.com) Good-quality online
vendor of whistles, Irish, flutes, bodhrans,
banjos, celtic jewelry, music books, and more.
The Chris Langan Weekend
(www.chrislangan.ca) Cyber-home of this excellent
Toronto weekend, First-quality pipers and fiddlers are brought in
from Ireland and elsewhere, ensuring a very high
musical standard, and locals of the Langan Gorman
Comhaltas branch provide a warm welcome to
La Grande Rencontre . An
exciting line-up is planned. Consult the link
for the latest news. May event
Festival June event -
Worcester, Vermont - a gathering of people who
play or listen to the music of Turlough O'Carolan
(1670-1738), Irish harper and composer. The spirit
of the day will be to share our appreciation of
Clancy Week July event . This is
the granddaddy of Irish music summerschools, now
in its 38th year. We cannot praise it highly
enough, for amount and quality of music and
teaching. It can be overwhelming because of the
Irish Arts Week, East Durham, NY July event. This is the best quality Irish
music and dance week you'll find on this side of
the pond, and it gets better every
year!(webmasters' opinion, of course!). You get a
full week of classes at a reasonable price. The
locale is a Catskills town where the NY Irish have
summered since the 1920s. Check the website for
the line-up of first-class teachers. Every skill
level is accomodated. Tip: try to get lodgings
with a swimming pool.
Mémoire et Racines July Event- Action-packed
weekend at Parc Bosco in Joliette featuring
numerous local and imported artists.
Friendly, fun atmosphere, lots of sessions,
Lac MacDonald (www.cammac.ca) CAMMAC, a
summer music camp for serious amateurs, goes on all
summer. It mainly focuses on classical, baroque,
and early music.
Gathering August event
Musicians playing every conceivable kind of pipes,
flute and whistle. Fun dances, great sessions.
Highland Games August event. Note - New Venue in Parc
Angrignon Lots of Scottish piping (mostly
highland), some fiddling and Scottish Dancing.
Roots College, Goderich Celtic
Roots Festival, August event
. A week of classes in
celtic arts and music in Goderich, Ontario, a
scenic town on southern Lake Huron.
City Celtic Festival August event The
presence and traditions of communities of Celtic
origin are an integral part of Québec's culture.
Come celebrate this unique heritage during the 6th
edition of this Celtic festival, featuring music,
dance and numerous workshops.
Coast Tionól (http://www.eastcoastpipers.com/) October Event. The Northeast Tionól will be
held at Gavin's Resort in East Durham, New
1996 the Fiddler's Companion has been a popular
internet resource for those interested in the body
of traditional music usually associated with the
violin, generically called 'fiddle tunes'.
Primarily dance music, the genre also encompasses
listening music and music written for specific
occasions. The Fiddler's Companion is used by
musicians, investigators and writers as a research
aide, a source for information and lore, for
general interest and just for the fun of browsing.
John Chambers' ABC tune
This site is truly one of the wonders of the Web.
It's a huge index of tunes in ABC format,
encompasssing 'way more than Irish music.
Apparently, it all happens more or less
automatically, with a 'web explorer' program that
looks for the tunes in ABC, a self-updating
database, and conversion programs that kick into
action upon request. As a user, you search by
fragments of the name or of the 'contours' of the
tune - the pattern of the notes. For most tunes,
you get a list of all the entries for that tune,
then you ask for it in the desired format, your
choice of ABC text, ABC-plugin-readable, several
forms of regular notes (gif, png, and PostScript),
or midi file (horrible but useful
computer-rendition of the raw notes).
Virtual Whistle Sound Files
files of nice tunes.
This website is a resource for traditional music
with a particular focus on music played in the
Montreal sessions. This includes music in the
Irish and Quebecois traditions as well as music
from England, France and elsewhere.
above in 'Music and dance resources'.
Wild Dismay Tunes
in the Kitchen is a small acoustic
group from Montreal. Their music is a blend of
traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, England,
Cape Breton, and little bit of Quebec thrown in
for good measure.
Burnell Band - (http://sarahfiddle.ca) a mix of
lively jigs and reels, rhythmic marches and
strathspeys, bouncy hornpipes, and haunting celtic
airs. Her repertoire comes from Cape Breton, NS,
Scotland, Québec, and Ireland, often with
world-influenced percussion accompaniments.
- (http://www.thebombadils.com/) The
Bombadils from Montréal, Québec captured attention
with their energetic playing, catchy melodies and
interesting combination of styles. From classical,
jazz, bluegrass and celtic; the mix will keep
listeners engaged until the last tune is played.
Bán (http://dragunban.wordpress.com/) a
five-person band based in Montréal that plays
traditional Celtic and Celtic-inspired music. The
ensemble’s innovative musical settings explore the
many possibilities resulting from the members’
backgrounds and wealth of musical experiences.
is a Montreal based celtic music trio formed by
composer Laurence Beaudry on violin, composer
and english concertina player Robin Beech and
arranger Richard Lupien on guitar.