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Ceilidh | Dance | Concert | Workshops

Dara Smith-MacDonald | Adam Young

Cape Breton fun for everyone!

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Workshops are filling up so don't delay, register today! 

Reel Slooow Jam workshops are Saturday Nov. 10 
    10am - 12noon - Jigs and reels from OCBS tunes collection
    12 noon - Potuluck Lunch
    1:30 - 3:30 Marches and strathspeys from OCBS tunes collection
Each workshop is $25, you may attend one or both. Workshop hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Dr. in Kanata. Sign up for workshops here.

Advanced Cape Breton workshop will be held Sunday Nov. 11 from 3pm to 5pm. Hosted by Aylene Gracie at 925 Parkhaven Ave. Register by email to or sign up here

For info on piano and private lessons please contact There is some time left on Monday morning for private lessons. 

The ceilidh/dance will have tickets available at the door, but you can get them at a lower price if you purchase online in advance. It also helps the organizers be better prepared for the event, and musicians more relaxed knowing that they'll have a good turnout. $15 in advance online or $20 cash at the door. Online sales end at midnight on Friday. 

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A little bit of Cape Breton’s famous Celtic Colours International festival can be found in Ottawa over the Nov. 10-11 weekend as fiddler Dara Smith-MacDonald and Adam Young bring their music and their album, The Lake Sessions, to the area. A new album is in the works, recording is underway so this may be a last  chance to get their first recording. 

Dara Smith-MacDonald, born and raised in Antigonish, has been playing the fiddle for more than 20 years and now resides in Port Hawkesbury. With deep family roots in Inverness, she very quickly began to develop a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the USA. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest and Celtic Colours. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Ann’s Gaelic College and teaches fiddle to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a member of the Board of Directors with the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association with whom she has traveled to Boston and to Maxville, Ontario. Dara can often be found on stage with Adam Young, a sought after piano player from Marion Bridge. Dara and Adam released their first CD together, The Lake Sessions, in June.

Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from the tiny community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music, and a certain joy is evident on his face. Adam created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse’s popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen more than 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States.

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