Session: Sunday, June 18

Shows a group of young teens delightedly playing the fiddle outdoors, on the grass. In the background, some adults play as well.

Courtesy: AlgomaTrad

Yes, there is a session tomorrow. See you all between noon and 3 pm.

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Next weekend (June 23-24) in Hamilton, the annual FrancoFEST “gets Hamilton rocking… in French!”. We are eager to listen to young trad music favourites, Les poules à Colin. Rob and Donna will be getting some traditional dances going during the two sets of BoucharDanse, who will do two performances of a piece entitled “La gigue en souvenir”. La gigue en souvenir makes the past come alive through a journey inspired by the energy, the complexity and the vigour of the traditional Québec gigue. Six dancers perform on the music of Les Charbonniers de l’enfer, reinventing the folk tradition of the “gigue” in a contemporary fashion.”

Over the June 30 to July 2nd weekend, the wonderful festival Chants de vielles will take place in the village of Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Québec. This small, friendly Québecois trad festival in a little village in the Montérégie area of Quebec features musicians who play la vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy). It’s run by the gentlemen in Le Vent du Nord, and there’s plenty of dancing for those who will. We’ve been many times and always enjoy ourselves silly.

Then, it’s time for the annual Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia’s Tudhope park. This year, we are looking forward to seeing De temps antan, as well as Bruce Cockburn, the Barenaked Ladies, the New Pornographers, and other talented musicians. Venez nombreux!


Rob and Donna