The immensely popular group from Nova Scotia, the Barra McNeils performing at the precursor to Celtic Harmonies, the Montreal International Celtic Festival 2001

Arts-Celtic Harmonies International festival in Quebec.

This week, we have word of a wonderful celebration of Celtic tradition in Canada.


Certainly the celtic heritage and presence is strong in east-coast Canada, where there are schools of piping, kilts sometimes seen as daily garb, and gaelic can still occasionally be heard,

Wendy MacIsaac will perform, She is an award-winning fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Creignish, Cape Breton

But scattered throughout the country are cities,counties, towns, and villages whose names are clearly reminiscent of Ireland, Scotland or Wales, evidence of the important historical influence on the development of Canada.

Quebec, although now mostly French-speaking once had a large and vibrant Irish and Scotsc population and indeed “traditional” French-Quebec music clearly comes from an  celtic base.

Desi Wilkinson is one of dozens of celebrated artists appearing at the festival. He is one of the leading exponents of the traditional Irish flute (“the timber flute”) and a fine singer.

April O’Donoughue is organizing another festival to celebrate these roots. Next week she will bring in some of the best celtic artists in the world. They’ll come from Canada, the US, Ireland, and Brittany in France.

During the week long festival there will be a multitude of concerts large and small in towns in Quebec’s Eastern Townships (where the fall colours will be in their full glory!) centered around the town of Knowlton, with a concert first in Montreal to kick it off.

April O’Donoughue, Directo of Celtic Harmonies

There will also be professional workshops, dance, music, and celtic goods to buy.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with April O’Donoughue

cheers, Marc


(theme composed/performed M.Montgomery)

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