The Guelph Celtic Orchestra open their 2014/15 season with a performance featuring a CD release party for one of the top fiddlers in the world, Shane Cook accompanied by Jake Charron. The show takes place on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street in Guelph. Advance tickets are $20 ($30 at the door), children $12 ($22 at the door) and are available from [email protected] and in person at Janus Books, 10 Paisley Street, Royal Plaza. The Guelph Celtic Orchestra features professional and amateur musicians who are passionate about traditional Celtic music. The ensemble features a large fiddle section, guitars, accordion, piano, flutes, whistle, and double bass, and is also accompanied by award-winning step dancers. Following the GCO performance, Shane Cook and Jake Charron will take to the stage for the CD release of their new duo album “Head to Head”. Shane Cook is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship. Jake Charron is continuing to build a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists. For more information, visit guelphceltic.ca. Music: Shane Cook & Jake Charron, “Ontario Tunes (Sir Wilfred Laurier,/Timbertown/Snowflake Breakdown/Whitefish In The Rapids)” from “Head to Head”.
Nicole Ensing is a Guelph Ontario-based pianist and vocalist. Classically-trained, in recent years she has also developed her folk side as pianist in the Celtic band The Wild Oats. Along with her love of jazz and pop, this combination of influences yields an appealing knack for catchy, well-crafted keyboard lines that draw freely on jazz stylings and folk charm. Nicole has just released her debut album based on the poetry of G.K. Chesterton “Riddles and Creeds” on Chanter Records. Backing Nicole are Sam Fitzpatrick on upright and electric bass, Brian Bork on guitar and Joel Sypkes on drums. On Riddles and Creeds, Nicole and producer Ross McKitrick have taken some of the vivid poems of English writer and poet G.K. Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) , a formative influence on both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and created songs that explore themes of the magic of life, spiritual search, and friendship. The Riddles and Creeds CD release takes place on Sunday November 2 at The Albion (Upstairs) 49 Norfolk St, Guelph at 7:30 p.m., cover $10 at the door. Nicole Ensing and Ross McKitrick joined us in the studio for a feature length conversation about the new album. Music: Nicole Ensing Band, “Child Of The Snows”, “A Second Childhood”, “The Aristocrat”, “The Great Minimum” and “The Rolling English Road” from “Riddles & Creeds” (2014, Chanter Records)