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Fiddleworks presents Celebrate Ireland: Sheila Ryan & Friends

Tue. March 17th 2009 7:00 doors at 6:00 Royal Theatre (All Ages) 7:00 doors at 6:00
Presented by: Fiddleworks
Fundraiser for Fiddleworks Community Development Society:

A non profit society since 2006, Fiddleworks continues their community building activities throughout BC and the Northwest Territories hosting events such as barn dances, workshops, weekend jamborees, musical performances and youth exchanges. Fiddleworks’ instructors also travel to remote communities in the far North 4-5 times a year to teach fiddle to Native youth. The week-long Annual Fiddle Camp on Salt Spring Island brings together over 100 adults and children. Fiddleworks' goal is to provide accessible, affordable music education for children and adults delivered with heart and skill by dedicated professionals.

Celebrate Ireland:

St. Patrick's Day could not have a more fitting event; Celebrate Ireland brings a lively mixture of music, dance, song and humour to the stage. This all star line up features some of the finest Celtic musicians on the west coast:

Sheila Ryan - Harp & Voice
Born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, Sheila has 3 recordings (see "Autumn Days" below) and has toured in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe appearing on stage with the likes of The Rovers, Tommy Makem, Capercallie and Cherish the Ladies to name a few. See below to learn about the new CD “Autumn Days”.

Adrian Dolan - Fiddle & Accordion
Juno-Award nominee as a member of the Bills, Adrian has has toured and collaborated with a diverse array of artists from Barney Bentall to The Paperboys. In 2007, he toured eastern Canada with Irish Legends, The Chieftains. He currently resides in Victoria where he juggles a busy schedule as a studio musician, producer, teacher and performer.

Zav (Jaime) RT - Fiddola
Performer, composer and music educator, Zav RT has released two multi-award nominated albums on the Dog My Cat label, is a member of James Keelaghan’s band, and is the driving force and teacher behind Fiddleworks. A dynamic performer and teacher, she travels North America and the UK performing and giving workshops, and especially loves working with Native Youth in the Northwest Territories.

Jenny Ritter - Guitar and Banjo
Best known as a member of The Gruff, Jenny's musical background is strongly rooted in Irish and folk music. She is a multi-talented musician and songwriter, and a brilliant visual artist.

Phaedra Kemp - Just Announced!
Also from The Gruff, Phaedra adds whistles and bohran.

Evan Bates - Cello and Acoustic Bass
A graduate of UVIC’s music program and a music teacher at the Shadbolt Center in Vancouver, Evan brings a wealth of experience from classical, jazz and world music to his playing. He is a member of Vancouver’s Afro-Cuban group, Jarimba, and spends much of his time recording as a session musician and touring.

BC Fiddle Orchestra (Victoria show only)
Formed in 1994 by Daniel Lapp for a performance at the Victoria Commonwealth Games, the BCFO’s current lineup of young fiddlers range in age from 8 - 17 years, handpicked from our rich and vibrant local fiddle community. Their diverse repertoire draws from the world's great contemporary and traditional fiddle cultures including tunes from our own 100-year-old BC Fiddling tradition. At least 15 fiddlers will perform; it's a West coast Kitchen Party whenever the BC Fiddle Orchestra takes the stage!

The O’Brien School of Irish Dance (Nanaimo, Victoria, and Salt Spring shows)
Having trained with the Rose Fearon School of Irish Dancing in Toronto for fifteen years before moving to the west coast, Mairead O'Brien currently operates her own schools in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo. Her students have performed at Victoria’s Symphony Splash, The Dragonboat Festival and Canada Day Celebrations, as well as an ongoing series of shows with Tiller’s Folly in BC schools as part of an Arts Council project for the BC School Board.

Also Sheila Ryan releases new CD, "Autumn Days":
The 13 songs on "Autumn Days" feature Sheila Ryan on harp and vocals and a who's who of Guest musicians: Oliver Swain and Glen Manders on upright bass; guitarists David Sinclair, Adam Dobres, and Jenny Ritter; Paul O'Brien on guitar and bouzouki; Cellists Alasdair Money and Kevin Fox; Steafan Hannigan, Phaedra Kemp and Martin Nolan all contributing some sort of whistle or pipes; Anne Shaefer on udo; Kelby MacNayr on drums; Adrian Dolan on fiddle, accordion, mandola, viola and guitar.

For this, her third CD, Sheila researched and found many hidden gems of Irish music, lesser known traditional songs, many which have never been recorded before such as the Irish Gaelic songs Slan le Maigh and Bhride Bheag Chron. The words in Bonnan Bui are taken and translated from a 1730 Irish poem about the yellow bittern, a bird that is now near extinction due to destruction of it's nesting grounds. Three songs were also composed by Sheila: Do They Dream, Ghosts of the Goldfields, and Mystic Riders which is inspired by a legend that mysterious hoof beats, reputed to be the sounds of a long ago battle between the local clans and Viking invaders, could be heard on certain nights of the year. Adrian Dolan wrote three instrumental tunes which were tagged onto Slan le Maigh, Shiul Aroon and Mystic Riders respectively. "Autumn Days" was produced and recorded by Adrian Dolan in Victoria with additional recording done in Toronto and Nanaimo. The album was mixed and mastered by Joby Baker and Adrian Dolan.
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