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Ceilidh | Dance | Concert | Workshops

Dara Smith-MacDonald | Adam Young

Cape Breton fun for everyone!

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Don't wait until the last minute!

House concert seats are limited, as are workshop spaces. You MUST reserve in advance for workshops, private lessons and house concert. 

Dance tickets are available at the door, but are cheaper if you purchase in advance online and it really helps the dance organizers prepare if they know how many folks to expect so we do encourage you to buy online, just press the button above to connect to the ticket sales site. 


House Concert - Friday April 19 - 7:30pm

Doors open at 7. Hosted by Debbie and Gary at 138 Chimo Drive in Kanata. BYOB and bring a little something for the snack table if you wish. To reserve seats contact Suggested donation of $20 payable at the door.  

Fiddle Workshops - Saturday April 20 

Workshops will focus on Cape Breton technique. Tunes will be selected by participants from the Ottawa Cape Breton Session tune collection. 
10am - noon: Slow Jammers
1:30- 3:30: Advanced fiddle technique
Each workshop is $25. If coming for both sessions you can bring a bag lunch, or there are several restaurant options in the area. You must register in advance for workshops - email 

Private Lessons in Fiddle and Piano

Dara MacDonald and Adam Young will be available for private fiddle and piano lessons on Friday April 19. If you are interested in a private lesson (Cape Breton fiddle and accompaniment style) please contact Gary Private lessons are $50 for one hour. 

Square Dance - Saturday April 20 - 7:30pm

Kick up your heels at a traditional Cape Breton style square dance. No experience necessary, the three simple figures of the most common Cape Breton square sets will be called and there will be lots of friendly helpful folks to make sure you are going in the right direction. Tickets are $15 (plus service charge) in advance (button at top of message) or $20 cash at the door. Youth 16 and under $10 online or in advance. Montgomery Legion 330 Kent St. Ottawa. Third floor - wheelchair accessible (elevator). Cash bar. 


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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