Saturday, July 7 2018
This year’s Celtic College at Almonte Celtfest will be from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and will have two class blocks: 9:00am – 10:20am and 10:30am to 11:50am. Unless otherwise specified (Kid’s Percussion and Storytelling), the workshops will take place at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your class.
We welcome you to take two classes!
2018 Courses: Celtic College
Award winning musician, Dave Gould loves having fun with percussion and found sounds. He received the 2013 Hamilton Arts Award and national grants to work with youth across Canada. He is the inventor of the Antler Harp, Percussion Machines and percussionist for The Steel City Rovers.
Arthur Solomonian has been playing bodhran for about 15 years ever since hearing The Cottars perform live at the Ottawa Folk Festival. He plays regularly at sessions, mostly in Almonte at the Naismith Pub and is a member of the fiddle band called Cratur.
Zakk Cormier is a talented guitarist, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist from St. Raphael, in Prince Edward Island's Evangeline region. While deeply rooted in the Acadian traditions of his own community, his style draws upon wider influences from Cape Breton, Ireland, Quebec, and beyond. In demand as both a performer and studio musician, Zakk has worked regularly with a number of international and regional touring acts, most frequently as a member of Miller | MacDonald | Cormier. He has shared the stage with legends of the traditional music scene, including Paddy Keenan, Vishten, J.P. Cormier, and more.
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald (playing Almonte Celtfest as Miller | MacDonald | Cormier) have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond, Ben and Anita have created a signature sound, described as "Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional." - Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)
The Heather Dale Band are delighted to return once again to Celtfest. Bringing laughter and lots of positive energy to the stage, it's clear that these accomplished Contemporary Celtic musicians love sharing their original songs. Heather Dale's warmth shines through her beautiful voice, while Ben Deschamps (from Fitzroy Harbour) and John Stadtlander kick up their heels with cittern and world percussion. Their many recordings are available here at Celtfest, and also at HeatherDale.com.
Over the past 14 years, The Heather Dale Band has toured extensively across North America, Europe, and Australia. Heather and Ben take particular pride in talking about the Valley's strong Celtic roots when touring overseas, and include lots of traditional Canadian folk songs in their repertoire. All this touring has also led to some great road stories: who else could be lost in an English castle on a Monday, and then fleeing from scorpions in Arizona by Friday? Come enjoy the artistry and adventurous spirit of this unique Canadian band!
Mark Fletcher has worked as an entertainer for almost 40 years. He is best known as a multi instrumentalist on both stringed and wind instruments. He has performed live to air from CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, been an invited soloist with symphony orchestra's, and worked as an on stage musician for some of Canada's premier theatre companies. He presently tours throughout Ontario and the U.S. with the Steel City Rovers and performs with several Pipe Bands.
Dave Neigh entertains audiences as part of Celtic roots act Steel City Rovers with a hard-driving yet tastefully nuanced fiddle style. His playing reflects both his time spent studying fiddle music in Cape Breton as well as the breadth and flexibility he's gained from touring internationally.