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Celtic Harmonies International Festival

5 October 2019 - 13 October 2019
All day
Eastern Townships in Québec

October 5-13, 2019 – Eastern Townships, Québec
(Knowlton/Lac-Brome, Waterloo, and Mansonville)

Let Nature Soothe Your Soul, Let the Music Feed Your Imagination.

9 days of Music and Dance
Concerts, Workshops, Master Classes, and Music Sessions

40 of the world’s best Celtic musicians and singers from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the USA, Canada’s East Coast, Ontario and Quebec

Celtic Harmonies is:
· 9 evening concerts (eight in Knowlton/Lac-Brome and one in Waterloo).
· Daytime: master classes for musicians, interesting lectures, fun workshops for everyone, and traditional music sessions (all in Knowlton). Plus a matinee concert in Mansonville.

The Festival is proudly presented by the The Town of Brome Lake in collaboration with Mrs. Claire Léger and Mr. Claude Allaire. We are also grateful to Cúltur Éireann (Culture Ireland) and all of our other sponsors for their valuable support.

Information and box office: www.celticharmonies.ca (450) 292-3456, ext. 227

OPENING CONCERT: THE WINDS OF ERIN SOLD OUT
Théâtre Lac-Brome, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Saturday, Oct 5

THE ISLANDERS RETURN
Auberge Lakeview Inn, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Sunday, Oct 6
PEI’s famous fiddler Richard Wood with Gord Belsher are back. We just can’t help it. People love them so much, we have to keep bringing them back. Fresh from their East Coast Music Awards win, they will deliver a breathtaking show!

Plus Lawrence O’Hearn (oboe & whistle) with Cécile Delage (harp) as openers. If you have never heard the airs of Turlough O’Carolan played on the oboe and harp, you are in for a treat! Bring tissues.

SEÁN TYRRELL – IN CONCERT
Auberge Lakeview Inn, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Monday, Oct 7
This is a rare chance to hear a solo performance by one of Ireland’s best known and most respected singers. Untempered by modern musical influences, this legendary bard is a “lover of words strung together in webs that capture moments and places”. A familiar song in his hands comes across as a revelation.

As if that were not enough! Opening for him, we have “One of the finest pipers of his generation” (Irish Times). Ronan Browne, the original uillean piper of Riverdance and Afro-Celt Sound System, is an old friend of Seán’s, with whom he has toured and recorded.

WEAVERS OF EMOTION
Auberge Lakeview, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Tuesday, Oct 8
Ryan McKasson is a fiddle player’s fiddle player, combining technical skill with sensitivity. Eric McDonald is a rising star of traditional guitar, and no mean singer too. Jeremiah McLane is an outstanding accordionist who plays with subtlety and finesse. These three masters produce music of “alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality.”

As openers, Sutton’s much-loved Trisha Pope and East Bolton’s Daniel Haché combine their talents to delight and surprise.

PASSION AND POWER
Auberge Lakeview Inn, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Wednesday, Oct 9
Three musicians of extraordinary intensity and talent come together to create an unforgettable show that is as much about emotion as it is about virtuosity. Pianist Erin Leahy and 8 time Canadian Fiddle Champion Louis Schryer are well-known members of distinguished trad-music families, while Timi Turmel (Québec champion accordionist three times in a row) is quickly establishing himself as one of Québec’s finest young musicians.

Lac-Mégantic’s Kyra Shaughnessy is back, combining elements of political folk and sacred songs to captivate us. Fresh… and in tune with the times!

SONGS OF THE GAEL
Théâtre Lac-Brome, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Thursday, Oct 10
From the isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Cathy Ann MacPhee is one of the most respected and beloved Gaelic singers of her generation. The centuries-old tradition of Gaelic song, with its awe-inspiring melodies, is the chief artistic glory of the Scots. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience it and to hear one of Scotland’s most beautiful voices!

Accompanying her is Tony McManus, world renowned Celtic guitarist.
Opening for them are Duo Delmes: Breton and Irish music… extraordinarily powerful flute playing, lyrical harp… What more do you want?

FROM NEWFOUNDLAND TO QUÉBEC VIA NEW ENGLAND
Théâtre Lac-Brome, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Friday, Oct 11
Keith Murphy, highly respected traditional singer, brings us old ballads and songs from his native Newfoundland and New England. His simple yet elegant arrangements bring the focus back to the beauty of the lyrics, while his rhythmic guitar playing brings color to his songs.

Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Nicholas Williams (flute and accordion) and Yann Falquet (guitar) of Genticorum combine magnificent three part vocal harmonies with jaw dropping musicianship. Their distinctive sound and warm stage presence make this Québécois trad band a supreme crowd pleaser.

THE MASTER & THE RISING STAR
Théâtre Lac-Brome, Knowlton, Lac-Brome – Saturday, Oct 12
Tony McManus is arguably the best Celtic guitarist in the world. Loaded with flawless ornamentations, his playing is wild and delicate, passionate and tender. Julia Toaspern, young, and very talented, moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, to song. Together they deliver breathtaking duets.

Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme are master entertainers. Powerful Québécois fiddling, foot-tapping, guitar playing and singing!

CLOSING CONCERT
CELTIC HARMONIES… A World without Borders!
Maison de la culture de Waterloo – Sunday, Oct 13

Seventeen musicians from the Celtic world and beyond, directed by the multi-talented Dave Gossage, will take you on an emotional journey!

This show combines voices, fiddling, guitars, harp, flute, accordion, bodhrán, bones and foot-tapping… with some of the oldest and most beautiful instruments from around the world. The gorgeous sound of the kora from Sénégal, the evocative nyckelharpa from Sweden, the mesmerizing tabla from India, and the lively and mysterious melodies of Gypsy music from Eastern Europe…

Unusual pairings will amaze and enchant you.

The heart of the Festival is located in Knowlton (also known as Lac-Brome) approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown Montreal /30 min. from Vermont

Click here to see a map: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.2336658,-72.4854741,12.83z