Categories Archives: Celtic

Celtic music has been enjoying an incredible revival in recent years, and Nova Scotia is recognized worldwide for its celtic traditions and outstanding musicians. Celtic music includes Scottish, Irish and Acadian styles, all of which are distinctive. The beautiful music of Cape Breton Island strongly represents the island’s heritage and traditions and is unique. Many outstanding international performers began their careers playing in Cape Breton’s local community halls, churches, etc. and have not forgotten their celtic roots. Celtic music today is used in rock bands, in combination with symphony orchestras, by choirs, etc. often creating a unique “fusion” between the old and new.

Examples of celtic groups include fiddle and guitar duo; celtic harps; celtic bands which can bring the house down with their jigs and reels and move you with beautiful airs; costumed Irish and Scottish dance groups; bagpipes; etc.

To create a memorable event, consider using some of Nova Scotia’s fine solo artists. Walt Music can book major performers for a cameo appearance or a full concert at your event.

Greene School of Irish Dance

Greene2The dance school consists of 65 dancers of various ages and skill levels, ages range between 6 and 21 years.

The Students themselves represent the very best that Nova Scotia has in this particular cultural art, and frequently travel out of Province to compete, typically this includes annual trips to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Maine and others. This year’s trip to the Montreal / Ottawa area, saw 41 students compete and return with 211 medals and 11 major trophies.

The calibre of the school is such that it has produced 10 dancers that qualified to compete at the Eastern Canadian Regional Championships, 5 dancers qualify to represent our school at the North American Championships and a World Championship Qualifying dancer, this to say the least is an achievement in itself.

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      Evans & Doherty

      Evans_DohertyKevin Evans & Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the East Coast music scene for over twenty-five years. To capture the essence of an Evans & Doherty performance, take a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs, add a liberal sprinkling of stories and humor, then sit back and enjoy these fine entertainers.

      As well as performing front and center on stage, Evans & Doherty are involved with many aspects of the music industry. Brian owns and operates Eastern Entertainment Agency, a booking agency and production company which co-ordinates tours of Atlantic Canada for many Canadian and international acts. Kevin owns and operates Modtrad Music, a publishing company, through which much of the material performed by Evans & Doherty is published and licensed. Through Eastern Entertainment Agency, Evans & Doherty have produced recordings for a number of East coast groups, as well as three compilation recordings (A Taste Of The MaritimesA Taste Of Atlantic Canada and An East Coast Christmas) for national labels.

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          Amethyst Scottish Dancers

          Amethyst

          Amethyst Dancers were formed in 1985 and since that time have traveled around the world, performing in Great Britain, Scotland, the Netherlands, the United States and Mexico. A regular act at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, they have also been guests at the International Tattoos in Virginia, USA and Breda, Holland. Amethyst gave a 2 hour performance for Lt. Governor Myra Freeman, Nov 2003. Their combination of polished choreographed pieces, costumes and traditional dances are what make Amethyst a group in demand for charity fundraisers, cruise ships and conventions.

              Anthony Rissesco

              Anthony Rissesco is a versatile violin player and teacher, experienced in all styles of playing from classical violin to traditional fiddle. Anthony plays with the prominent local band Breton, and also appears regularly at O’Carroll’s Restaurant and Pub, The Old Triangle Ale House and The Split Crow Pub. He can be seen on television playing fiddle in a well known brewery commercial.

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                  Cabar Fiedh

                  (L to R)- Scott MacDonald, Anthony Rissesco, Darren McMullin, Doug Sampson

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                      Cheryl O’Hagan

                      Harpist

                      Harpist

                       

                      Cheryl Reid O’Hagan, also known as Nova Scotia’s Harp Lady, didn’t always play the Celtic Harp. Her musical path has been an interesting one, starting in New Brunswick with early influences of a fiddle playing, singing family , leaving Mt. Allison University as a piano graduate and folk singing champion , bringing up on the Cohn Stage as a finalist in the Kiwanis Rose Bowl Voice Competition, and coming to rest on the shores of the Bedford Basin, in thrall to the Celtic Harp. As a performer, arranger and songwriter, Cheryl has created a beautiful ambience in halls both high and humble. From Concerts to Weddings to Memorial Services, she brings a depth of experience and feeling to transform any occasion.

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