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Mar 8—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm 
 - Hosted by Eileen Clark at 31 Carwood Circle.  For more information contact Gary at BYOB SIGN UP SHEET  

Mar 11-12—Private Lessons 10 am to 5pm Fiddle with Anita MacDonald, Guitar with Zakk Cormier, Pipes with Ben Miller. One on one instruction from world-class instructors. Each one hour lesson $50. Schedule a lesson:

Mar 11—Master Class: 7:30pm-8:30pm Intermediate/Advanced group lesson for both pipers and fiddlers, learn tunes and skills for playing Scottish and Cape Breton music together in this workshop that will showcase the deep connection between the pipes and fiddle in traditional music. Register:

Mar 15—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON. Everyone welcome to come play some Irish and Cape Breton music to start off St. Patrick's Week!.  Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm. 

Mar 22—Reel Sloow Jam: 2pm-5pm  - Hosted by Debbie and Gary at 138 Chimo Dr. Kanata.  For more information contact Gary at BYOB SIGN UP SHEET   

March 29 —Concert at Orchard Walk: 3pm-4pm Fiddlers needed! Please come out and help entertain the residents at Orchard Walk, it's always a rewarding experience and it brings so much joy to the residents. If you can come help out with this event please let us know: SIGN UP SHEET Orchard Walk is located at 1491 Manotick Station Road in Greely, ON.  We usually play for one hour, then visit a bit with the audience who always seem to thoroughly enjoy the upbeat music our group plays. It's best to arrive 15 minutes ahead of concert time to get seated and tuned up.

Apr 5 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -Gracie's Brew Pub and Music Hall (formerly Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub) 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map 
Cape Breton Fiddle Workshops - April 11
Dara Smith-MacDonald is an excellent teacher of both tunes and Cape Breton fiddle technique. It's impossible to leave a lesson with Dara and not be a better fiddler than you were before your session with her! Workshops will be hosted by Gary and Debbie at 138 Chimo Drive in Kanata. For more information or to sign up for a workshop contact Gary at Advance registration required! $25 pp for each session. If attending both workshops bring a bag lunch, or there are several restaurants close by. Payment in advance by e-transfer or cash at the door.

Reel Slooow Jam Workshop: 10am-12noon  Jigs and Reels workshop, primarily for slow jammers but good training for fiddlers of any level. Tunes from the OCBS collection as well as tips to improve your playing quality and speed.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshop: 1:30pm - 3:30pm  Advanced level techniques and tunes. The group will choose tunes from the OCBS collection to analyse in detail, learn where to put which ornaments and how to adjust your bowing to improve tone and add a Cape Breton flavour to your fiddling style.


Apr 19—Pub Session: 2pm-5pm -The Barley Mow Merivale Road 1541 Merivale Rd, Ottawa ON. Pipers, fiddlers, box players, guitarists, singers and piano players, everyone welcome to come play some Irish and Cape Breton music to start off St. Patrick's Week!.  From the 416 take the Maitland Ave. exit southbound, you'll end up right on Merivale Rd. There is parking in front of the building, enter off Capilano Dr. or Merivale northbound. Lots more parking just behind the building (by the gas station). On bus route 176. Website  Good food and good beer, breakfast served until 2pm. Jam ouverte avec concentration sur le pieces de l’ile du Cap Breton, de l’Écosse et de Glengarry. Apportez un instrument ou venez partager une chanson avec nous. Ou, venez savourez la musique et notre plaisir. On ne sait jamais qui s’y présentera, mais c’est certainement toujours un groupe avec un accueil amical avec qui passer l’après-midi.


Mar 12—House Concert: 7:30pm-9:30pm - Ben Miller|Anita MacDonald|Zakk Cormier hosted by Debbie and Gary in Kanata. Suggested donation $20 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: pay in advance by e-transfer or cash at the door. To reserve seats email Gary at

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Canada and further afield, for their synergistic approach to traditional Scottish music. Blending Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance, Ben and Anita join together the threads of Old and New World traditions, while constantly exploring new ways to bring their instruments closer together. Their music has been hailed as "Playful, poignant, and passionate all at once” — "Fresh, yet totally traditional." As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Zakk Cormier, an Acadian multi-instrumentalist from Prince Edward Island. A dynamic musician with deep roots in his own Franco-Celtic tradition, Zakk brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion. With their new album, "South Haven", this trio has created a powerful sound, transcending the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions. Their live show has captivated audiences across the globe, from British Columbia and California, to Austria and Denmark. Learn more about Ben, Anita and Zakk at

Apr 10—House Concert: 7:30pm-9:30pm - Dara Smith-MacDonald|Adam Young hosted by Debbie and Gary in Kanata. Doors open at 7pm, concert at 7:30. BYOB. Bring a little something for the snack table if you wish. To reserve seats email Gary at Suggested donation $20, pay in advance by e-transfer or cash at the door. Bring extra cash to purchase Dara and Adam's new ECMA-nominated CD Island.

Apr 12—Ceilidh|Dance: Dara Smith-MacDonald|Adam Young 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. Bring your dancing shoes and wear light clothing, square dancing can be quite energetic! BUY TICKETS

Dara has been playing the fiddle for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the United States for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively and traditional. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Ann’s Gaelic College, as well as to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association. Adam Young is a much sought-after pianist. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. 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. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, and many others. Adam will be fresh off a tour of the UK and Australia with Coig, so will also have some fun stories to tell...
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