Ottawa Cape Breton Session provides an opportunity to play tunes and sets that are part of the Cape Breton traditional repertoire. Sunday afternoon pub sessions are generally at a pretty fast pace. It is mostly group/session playing with the occasional song or solo. Anyone is welcome to join in and play with the group or share a song. Sessions are led by Aylene, or sometimes other folks. Let her, or the pianist Ellen know if you have something special to share with the group.
Sessions are primarily for the musicians to share the experience of traditional music, are open to anyone who can play a few of the common tunes of the tradition, and are great way to learn new tunes and meet new people. Want to join in? You can! To get familiar with the Cape Breton repertoire we have house sessions every other Sunday from 2-5pm at various locations. Regular house sessions are pretty fast, new tunes are learned mostly from sheet music. The Reel Sloow Jam is a house session that is at a more moderate tempo for learning.
If you don't play, but love to hear Maritime and Cape Breton music live you're more than welcome to come down to the pub sessions and have some fun. It's always a big and friendly group of folks, a great place to meet old friends and make new ones too.
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Session and Playing Schedule
|House sessions will be taking a
break over the summer, while the fiddlers take part in several
community and fun events that are happening this year. Read about some
of these special events below, and stay tuned for summer fiddle parties
to be announced in the coming weeks. Pub sessions continue
all summer long - alternating east and west end locations. Hope to see
lots of fiddlers, singers, guitar and mandolin players out to enjoy the
fun and fellowship.
Aug 20 —Pub Session: 2pm-5pm - Grace O'Malley's East Coast Pub 1151 Ogilvie Road Google Map Join us under the dory (near the lobster traps) to play some music, or bring some friends to listen to down home music and meet old friends or maybe make some new friends! This session is mostly group playing with a few solos, let us know if you have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted. Generally a pretty fast pace. 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.
Other Cape Breton Cultural EventsLocal events for those who enjoy the music and culture of Cape Breton Island. Events listed may be sponsored by a variety of different organizations, but all have at least some Cape Breton music, or Cape Breton artists performing.
Sep 10 —Benefit Concert: 4pm - A Celtic Celebration! ANNA LUDLOW with Tyson Chen A concert to celebrate the church's newly improved acoustics and replenish the building fund. If you haven't heard Anna and Tyson yet you are missing something special. Anna's signature combination of fiery fiddling, and lovely singing with some fancy step dancing all backed up with the jazzy Celtic piano of Tyson Chen makes for a very fun time. Anna obviously gets a lot of joy from sharing her family's traditional Nova Scotia/Cape Breton/Celtic music with the audience and based on reviews the audiences have loved it too! Between performances at Ottawa's Bluesfest!, Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Hogman eh!, and corporate events Anna also makes time for the community, and with this concert supports a venue that has in turn supported the Cape Breton music community by providing a location, piano, performance and rehearsal space for Cape Breton Session workshops and events. We have been fortunate to have the full support of this church, without it the learning opportunites we provide would not be possible. Please come out for a good time and to support a good cause. If the dancing and clapping and singing along of the concert makes you hungry, you can stay after the show to enjoy a BBQ supper provided by the church (freewill offering for the BBQ). Doors open at 3:45 for the 4pm concert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Kids are welcome to come sit on the floor directly in front of the stage. Tickets available online (credit card) or from Beth MacGillivray at any OCBS event, or arrange to pick up tickets in person with Bruce Riley at 613-225-9315.
How to Host a House Session
All you need is a space big enough to put 6-8 fiddlers in, some chairs without arms, and a willingness to listen to the same tune played over and over again as we practice. If you have a piano let us know, otherwise we'll bring our own keyboard. We can also bring folding chairs. Sessions are BYOB but usually the hosts provide some non-alcoholic beverages and a little something for snack time. Interested? Talk to Aylene or Beth or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Jam Sessions:
and 3rd Sunday of every month. Sessions are led by Aylene, or
sometimes other folks.
This session is a mix of session and solo playing, let us know if you
have something special to share with the group. Sheet music permitted.
Generally a pretty fast pace. Jam
ouverte avec concentration sur les
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
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