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the steel city rovers

The Steel City Rovers are Celtibilly; the cross-pollination of the Celtic and North American traditions. Sophisticated and hypnotizing musical arrangements. Expressive and clever lyrical compositions. In their ambitious first few years, these Canadians have risen to appear internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. The Rovers are warm and engaging performers who are simply electric to witness in person. Ryan is a powerful baritone and is joined on harmonies by his guitar-playing brother Joel for that inimitable familial vocal blend. The rest of the band often harmonizes as well, creating a classic Celtic feel. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, rotating quickly between wind, strings, keys and even the Scottish smallpipes. Dave on fiddle is lightning-quick and incredibly precise. Dave on percussion plays a dynamic setup of his own invention. This act is always fresh, familiar and fun.

Website - https://www.steelcityrovers.com/

 
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erin’s marlore

When Erin, Marla, and Loren became friends (through a crazy series of events involving a community band, free concert tickets, a trip downtown and road rage) it became apparent they had a lot in common. Two of those things being they all play music and they love St. Patrick’s Day and Celtic music. It was later that year that they decided to  go see one of their favorite bands, Eclectic Revival. After hearing them, the three were inspired to get together and play. As St. Patrick’s Day approached, the girls had decided they wanted to create a band together and, given how close it was to St. Patrick’s Day, they decided that they would work on a Celtic song and record it before they left for the bar that night. So St. Patrick’s came around and they recorded Tell Me Ma and posted it to Youtube, then headed to the bar for a night of fun and dancing. Marla came up with our band name, which is a combination of our three names. She was trying to think of something very Celtic sounding and “Shillelagh Gals”, “Drunken Women”, and “RightUpUrKilt” just wasn’t cutting it. So, she put their three names together and came up with Erin’s Marlore…thus the band was created and they have not looked back since.

Website - https://www.erinsmarlore.com/

 
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bill craig

Bill Craig is an Irish entertainer based in Toronto, Canada. Bill has been performing for over 30 years and is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, performing all over the world.

Bill has resumed his solo career after a brief spell as a member of the Irish Rovers and delights audiences with his lively performances. He continues to release collections of songs that capture the spirit of the music and the heart of the listener.

Website - http://billcraig.com/

 
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David Leask

Originally from Jedburgh, Scotland, David is a powerful performing songwriter, who has built an artistic bridge between the influences of his birthplace and the fresh possibilities of his adopted Canadian home to produce six critically-acclaimed CD's and numerous international songwriting awards in different genres. Songwriters Magazine called David, "the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner." He was also awarded the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year.  A seasoned and commanding performer, having played over 2600 gigs in the last 25 years, David’s music draws from Celtic roots, Americana and country, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Van Morrison, John Mayer and Foy Vance.

A gifted songwriting teacher, David has been a songwriting mentor for 11 years with the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, on the songwriting faculty for Guitar Workshop Plus and is currently a mentor for Humber College's Graduate Certificate Program in Music Composition. He has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at folk festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+ and has the experience, passion and people skills to motivate any individual to write a song.

Website - https://www.davidleask.com/

 
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Ferguson Young

Together since 2012, Ferguson Young is an East Coast/Celtic band from Hamilton, Ontario. Three guys just keeping the east coast ‘kitchen party’ spirit alive! Their music will get your toes tapping with that Celtic flare or have you singing along with favourites everyone knows! This band brought the Kitchen Party atmosphere to Hamilton over 11 years ago.  After living in Prince Edward Island, Liam moved back home to Hamilton in 2007.  He brought the East Coast Kitchen Party tradition back with him and since then the crowds continue to love the vibe and overall good feeling.  Today, the band features Liam McGlashon on fiddle, James Ferris on vocals/guitar, and Owen Mahoney on bass.

Liam is a multi-instrumentalist known for his fiddle first and foremost but you can sometimes catch him pick up the banjo, mandolin, guitar, whistle or bagpipes.  James, originating from Nova Scotia joined the band in 2012 and knows the words to the songs that will have you singing along.  He’s has great way of mixing East Coast traditional and classic favorites which appeal to all ages.  Guitar and harmonica are his instruments of choice.  His energy is contagious!  Owen plays bass and his voice is the perfect blend when harmonizing or telling a story while singing himself.  Together they are Ferguson Young.  A band bringing smiles to the crowd.

 
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NovEire

The group, NovEire, was founded in 2009. It consists of friends and family who have bonded over their love for celtic music.  All four members of the group hail from Ireland and Nova Scotia. Padraig Bailey comes to us from Dublin, Ireland where he entertained audiences with his voice and guitar for decades. He belonged to a group well known as “Pete St. John and Company”,  whose music can still be heard over the airwaves throughout the country. Desmond Quinn and his daughter,Geraldine Quinn MacWilliams, hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland. They moved to Canada in the mid seventies where Desmond and his family started a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Saskatchewan. They then brought their Irish traditions to Ontario and have continued to play and promote traditional Irish music weekly. Desmond brings to the group his love for the tunes and songs which can be heard through his whistle and guitar playing.  Geraldine started her love for music quite early, mastering the accordion and bodhran at a very young age. With an Irish dancing background, her rhythmical accordion is an integral component of the group’s  sound.  Bonnie White Quinn comes from beautiful Nova Scotia.  Steeped in Scottish culture, she enjoys bending the rules and injects Scottish/East Coast  songs into the ”Irish Flavour” of the group. The group’s lilting sounds of traditional Irish tunes combined with Irish and East Coast songs lend to a blended taste of celtic richness that all can enjoy.

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SKIRL

The Sounds of SKIRL 
Funky Celtic + Pop Tunes = Pure Energy
Scottish Highland Bagpipes blend with Jazz Trombone and Drums 
Steampunk with Kilts

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Alysse Sailor

Harpist, soprano, and violinist, Alysse Sailor began her musical studies at the age of three. Originally from a small town in rural Saskatchewan, her performances and studies have taken her across Canada, Bolivia, South Africa, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In addition to performing with ensembles such as Vera Causa Opera and St. Mary’s Chamber Choir, she enjoys teaching violin as well as freelancing at events across Ontario. Currently, she is continuing her vocal studies with Leslie Fagan at Wilfrid Laurier University and harp studies with Sharlene Wallace. Throughout adolescence, she studied violin rigorously under Dr. Robert Klose at the University of Saskatchewan, piano with Adrianne Bank, and was also a chorister and leadership assistant in the Saskatoon Children’s Choir directed by Phoebe Voigts. Alysse holds certificates in solfege, eurhythmics, and improvisation from the Dalcroze school of the Rockies, as well as multiple RCM diplomas. She is currently earning a Bachelor of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as pursuing certification in Body Mapping for Musicians and hopes to continue earning her diploma in Dalcroze pedagogy.

 
 
 

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