2019 Entertainment Schedule

 

 Performer Bio’s

Celtic Rant – http://www.celticrant.com/

Celtic Rant is a Nova Scotian trio that delightfully delivers trad tunes, brings folk lyrics
to life and gives a nuanced sense of home in original songs. They are funny and self-
aware, creating lovely onstage camaraderie. With storytelling stringing the show
together, Celtic Rant demonstrates exquisite talent on various instruments and stunning
harmonies.  As music educators, they weave a strong sense of history and significance
into their music.  Celtic Rant consists of Victor Fraser on vocals, guitar, tenor banjo and
fiddle, Rob Wigle on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Rob Greene, who also
does vocals and plays bass guitar, fiddle and pipes.

 

Different Folk –differentfolk.ca

Different Folk is formed of Kim Moller (vocals and bodhran), Will Toner (vocals and
guitar), ECMA nominee  Katherine Moller  (vocals and fiddle) and Don LeBlanc (bass).
An upbeat group, they perform a mix of Celtic, maritime and folk-rock with a blend of
beautiful vocal harmonies and lively fiddling.
Combining a melodious mix of Maritime music with contemporary arrangements of
Celtic favorites, and then adding a generous helping of foot stomping fiddling; Different
Folk is just what you need to get that kitchen party started! Tight vocal harmonies with a
knack for having fun are a guarantee to liven any event, big or small. So come, join in
and sing along. You too might find yourself to be one of the Different Folk!

 

Fundy Ceilidh – https://www.facebook.com/fundyceilidh1/

Ceilidh (kay-lee) is the Scotch Gaelic word for a “visit” – a party or a celebration.
Celebrating music is what Fundy Ceilidh does best. This ensemble bridges several
musical worlds and celebrates modern and traditional Celtic music as well as some other
tunes pulled from their repertoire. The five members of Fundy Ceilidh come from
different musical backgrounds and this collaboration is quite unique, authentic and new
to the Maritimes. They are like a really good kitchen party, but BETTER! You are sure
bring home a smile or three after a few sets from Fundy Ceilidh!

 

HATband
A great Maritime sound rising from the roots and strengths of its members, HATband
plays a bouncy mix of traditional Celtic and Maritime songs and ballads and even a little
rock and roll. They have been together for over 17 years but, individually, they have been
entertaining and honing their skills for decades. Members include Reg Hayes, George
Andrews, Bill Toner and Dean Comeau.  This year marks HATband’s 15th appearance at
the New Brunswick Highland Games!  The band takes its name from the three founding
members (first letters of their last names); Reg Hayes, George Andrews and Bill Toner…
the HAT in HATband.

 

Katherine Moller – www.katherinemoller.ca
Katherine Moller’s music combines the highlands of Scotland, the lush greens of Ireland,
and the majesty of the St. John River Valley. Performing classical, baroque, and fiddle,
Katherine merges these influences in original Celtic compositions. With rising popularity
and multiple awards/nominations, she truly is the master of four strings and a bow.

 

Mariner’s Curse – http://www.marinerscurse.com/
Mariner’s Curse, formed from the bubbling

cauldron of several previous bands, features Celtic
and Canadiana music with tightly knit
counterpoint and multi-part harmonies. Thierry
Arsenault, on percussion, imparts a deep seated
knowledge of time, meter and space with his
precision drumming. Rocky Dalonzo, on guitar,
has been a mainstay of the Montreal music scene
for many years and his soaring tenor caps our
vocal sound. Ron Jenkins, on keyboards, infuses
the music with counter melodies and classical
voicings and is the glue that fuses the band’s
sound. Jonathan Moorman, on fiddle and guitar,
powers his instruments with raw emotive energy,
delivering an amazing connection to the music.

 

Sons of Gael – https://www.facebook.com/sonsofgael/

The “Sons of Gael” pronounced (gal) were formed from within the ranks of the Moncton
Police Force Pipe Band in 1994 (now the RCMP Pipes & Drums).
A small group of five used to sing Celtic music on the bus while travelling to band
functions. Our fellow band members offered encouragement and were soon making
small engagements for us or calling upon us to give impromptu performances at various
functions.
This led to us being recognized locally and as a result, we were soon entertaining for
groups such as the Moncton Scottish Association, Irish Association, CFB Moncton,
RCMP Musical Rides, as well as many other local and regional events within the
Maritimes.
Our original group produced a CD (Mist Covered Mountains) in the late 90s. We
showcased at the ECMA’s and performed at the Capital Theatre, Riverview Arts Centre,
and Highland Games throughout the Maritimes.
The Sons of Gael have also performed at various fund raising venues, and have done
concerts for local churches.

This being their 24th anniversary, with 2 of the original members still performing, the Sons
of Gael have aspired to reach out with our music to share good fun and laughter through
our performances.

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