Big names, Small Halls

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Big names will be com­ing to Glen­garry this fall as part of the Fes­ti­val of Small Halls con­cert se­ries.

Among the per­form­ers will be in­ter­na­tion­ally acclaimed fid­dling sen­sa­tion Ash­ley MacIsaac, who con­stantly pushes the bound­aries of tra­di­tional Celtic mu­sic, in­cor­po­rat­ing rock, pop, and ev­ery­thing imag­in­able in be­tween to the de­light of au­di­ences of all ages.

He will be per­form­ing at St. James Church in Maxville Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28 at 7:30 p.m. with Change of Step and Paddy Kelly.

MacIsaac has also per­formed at pres­ti­gious events such as the open­ing cer­e­monies for the Van­cou­ver 2010 Win­ter Olympics, along with Phillip Glass and The Chief­tains. He has made ap­pear­ances on the Co­nan O’Brian show, the To­day Show, and has been a head­liner at in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals, the­atres and halls all over the world.

Change of Step

Formed by a group of pas­sion­ate world-class dancers from Nova Sco­tia and On­tario, Change of Step came to­gether with a shared vi­sion to breathe new life into tra­di­tional Scot­tish High­land danc­ing, by show­cas­ing it in a unique, con­tem­po­rary way. Change of Step’s dancers are highly ac­com­plished: they have won nu­mer­ous pro­vin­cial, na­tional, and in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tles, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple World Cham­pi­onship ti­tles; and they have per­formed at pres­ti­gious events like the Van­cou­ver Olympics, the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too, Ci­tyFolk Fes­ti­val, and the Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val. Change of Step loves to col­lab­o­rate with other artists. Mem­bers have had the priv­i­lege to share the stage with many highly-re­garded Celtic mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Bre­abach, Còig, Wendy MacIsaac, and Beòlach, among many oth­ers. Change of Step’s in­spir­ing per­for­mances dis­play the mu­si­cal­ity, grace, and power of High­land danc­ing.

Bleile and Grant

Jas­mine Bleile and Jenn Grant will per­form as part of the Small Halls con­cert se­ries Septem­ber 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dun­ve­gan Recre­ation Hall.

Jas­mine Bleile, who has a de­gree in English lit­er­a­ture, is also a bonafide rock and roller.

Ms. Bleile is one of the found­ing mem­bers of Ladies of the Canyon, a group who re­leased two al­bums to wide ac­claim, Haunted Wo­man, in 2010, and Di­a­mond Heart, in 2013.

While with her group, she toured all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Her ex­ten­sive tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has al­lowed her to share the stage with a litany of mu­si­cal lu­mi­nar­ies such as the Bare­naked Ladies, Ron Sex­smith, Kenny Rogers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alan Jack­son, Andy Kim, Randy Bach­man, Bur­ton Cum­mings, just to men­tion a few.

Over the last two years, Ms. Bleile has par­tic­i­pated in Ru­fus and Martha Wain­wright’s

Noël Nights ( broad­cast on CBC/Ra­dio-Canada) where she has sung with Robert Charlebois, Em­my­lou Har­ris, Daniel Be­langer, Louis- Jean Cormier, Ari­anne Moffat, Ru­fus Wain­wright, Martha Wain­wright, Anna McGarrigle, Loudon Wain­wright III, and Kid Koala.

Her mu­sic has been fea­tured in the crit­i­cally acclaimed tele­vi­sion drama Sons of Anar­chy (FX) and the mega-hit Heart­land (CBC). She is cur­rently do­ing voice work for up­com­ing an­i­mated short I Like Girls di­rected by Di­ana Obom­sawin (NFB).

Les Poules à Colin

Folk and tra­di­tional mu­sic blend Septem­ber 30 at 7:30 p.m. at La Fra­ter­nité hall in Alexan­dria.

Les Poules à Colin, a Québé­cois quin­tet, and Moon­fruits, a duo from Ot­tawa, will per­form as part of the Small Halls con­cert se­ries.

Éléonore Pitre, Béa­trix Méthé, Sarah Marc­hand, Marie and Colin Savoie- Levac take their name from a pop­u­lar tra­di­tional song, Les Poules à Colin. The five child­hood friends, who still live on the same street, share a his­tory of mu­sic-mak­ing and fam­ily ties.

“Ex­posed to Québe­cois and other folk mu­sic from the mo­ment they were hatched, th­ese off­spring of trad mu­si­cians were im­mersed in mu­sic,” the band’s bio reads.

“They have grown up with and learned their craft first­hand from some of Québec’s finest, whether back­stage at in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals or at lively kitchen jams in Lanaudière, ar­guably Québec’s most mu­si­cal re­gion. The five mem­bers of “the lat­est and youngest band out of the hot Québé­cois tra­di­tional mu­sic scene” are en­tranc­ing and sparkle with un­pre­ten­tious, nat­u­ral tal­ent and re­spect for their reper­toire – in­clud­ing beau­ti­fully ar­ranged orig­i­nal and folk-trad songs and tunes.”

The group has ap­peared at ma­jor venues in Canada and the US, such as The Win­nipeg Folk Fest, Fes­ti­val de la Chan­son de Tadous­sac, Chants-de- Vielles, Fes­ti­val Mé­moire et Racines and POP Mon­tréal.

Launched to rave re­views, Les Poules’ lat­est re­lease, Ste-Waves, has charted in Queébec and has be­come a coup-du-coeur in stores there, with the first video­clip, TiMe, al­ready pass­ing 15,000 hits to date. On top of that, the group’s new re­lease was nom­i­nated at l’ADISQ 2015 for Tra­di­tional Al­bum of the Year.


Es­corted by a banjo and a par­lour gui­tar, Moon­fruits’ “soar­ing har­monies cap­ti­vate lis­ten­ers and cel­e­brate com­mon ground.” Part­ners on and off stage, Kaitlin Mil­roy and Alex Mil­laire “sum­mon mu­sic from a place where ideals and imag­i­na­tion in­ter­twine.”

The most re­cent re­lease, SteQue­quepart, or “Sain­tSome­where,” is de­scribed as “a con­duit for the vil­lagers’ strug­gle with the all-too-com­mon re­al­i­ties of small town eco­nomic hard­ship and the pres­sure to aban­don their tra­di­tional ways of life in favour of big busi­ness and an un­cer­tain fu­ture.”

The duo says, “While the al­bum is sung com­pletely in French, the sense of each char­ac­ter is in­ti­mated so ef­fec­tively through the mu­sic, that speak­ing the lan­guage isn’t cru­cial to un­der­stand­ing the al­bum.”

SEN­SA­TION: Ash­ley MacIsaac brings his orig­i­nal style to Maxville Septem­ber 28 in one of a se­ries of shows fea­tur­ing a wide range of tal­ent.

DI­VERSE LINE- UP: Les Poules à Colin (left) and Change of Step are among the acts com­ing to Glen­garry this fall.

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