This is one weekend I will not forget. I had a lot of fun performing on the Celtfest stage in my hometown of Almonte this past weekend. And I was honoured to have been selected the recipient of the 2017 Danny O’Connell Memorial Award. This award, in memory of Almonte’s own Danny, is given to a young musician who is advancing the Ottawa Valley fiddle music. It is a privilege to have been presented the award by Danny’s sister Colleen.
In receiving the award, I really enjoyed performing with my good friend Jim Hunter!
On Saturday, I also had a good time performing with Marley and Molly Mullan.
It is always a crowd pleaser when Marley kicks up her feet.
Here is The Millstone News write up on the festival. To see the full schedule of performances through the festival, click to the Celtfest website.
I have just completed my grade 11 year at Canterbury High School and I had a great school year. But where has the time gone?! It’s been a whole eight months since I was jamming with the Duxburys.
To recap on the various performances and jam sessions I played at over this period of time, I have assembled this collection of photos. From being Concert Master for my grade at a Canterbury Music Night orchestra performance, to having fun with Marley and Molly Mullan at a St. Patrick’s Day gig in the legendary Gavin’s Hotel in Quyon – it’s been a lot of fun.
It was an honour to perform at the wedding ceremony of my friends Stephanie and Johannes – and where I got to play at the reception with Almonte’s Ragged Flowers.
Likewise, I was honoured to fill in for Ron Caron, whose fiddling puppet contributed to a special Christmas fundraiser for Almonte’s Puppets Up Festival.
Performing with Ellen Katic at a Robbie Burns evening of traditional music and dance.
St Patrick’s Day – Gavin Hotel in Quyon Quebec.
I had a wonderful visit in St. Catharines with good friend and inspiration Wally Nash.
Pictured here at May 2017 Canterbury Music Night… the traditional bow of the Concert Master… and playing with my seat mate Marley Mullan.
Recently I performed at a couple of City of Ottawa’s Canada 150 community events – and it was fun to see the people get up to dance!
Very sad to hear of the passing of my friend, Ron Caron. Always a smile! Always playing a happy tune.
Here is the obituary announcement in the Millstone.
Last night I was very fortunate to be invited to Lynn and Tom Duxbury’s annual barn dance party!
Here I had the pleasure of playing some great sets for square dances, line dances, waltzing, etc.
I really enjoyed playing a few reel sets with Don Fletcher on fiddle and Tom on the guitar.
I’d like to thank them for a lot of fun!