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Spirit of the West

with Special Guests The Starbirds

The Spirit of the West

With a dedicated following of fans all over the world, and 12 albums to their name, Spirit of the West’s high-energy, potent live show has received international fanfare from fans and media alike.  Spirit of the West have four gold and two platinum albums to their credit, and are responsible for such songs as Home For a Rest, And if Venice is Sinking, Five Free Minutes, Save This House, and The Crawl. The band‘s newest album Star Trails is their first studio recording in several years. Spirit of the West has toured on the prestigious Road Side Attraction tour, has performed and recorded with the Vancouver Symphony, and has toured frequently throughout North American and Europe. 2008 marked Spirit of the West’s 25th Anniversary and they were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association's Hall of Fame.

The band is:
John Mann, Guitarist, vocalist and charismatic front man. John is also an accomplished actor who can be seen on episodic television and movies often pretending to be an assassin, ghost, devil, or other evil-doer. His recent solo album Acoustic Kitty was released to excellent reviews.
Geoffrey Kelly, Flutes, whistles, bodhrán, guitars. Geoffrey was born in Scotland and raised in North Vancouver. One of Canada’s finest Celtic musicians, he can be found appearing as a guest with acts such as The Irish Rovers and the Paperboys. His solo album Gringo Star was released in 2002.
Hugh McMillan, Multi-instrumentalist. He is a producer, composer and engineer, as well as a bit of a mad scientist. Hugh can be seen appearing as a guest in concert and on CD with James Keelaghan, Oscar Lopez, Don Ross and many, many others.
Vince R. Ditrich, Drums, percussion, vocals. Class clown. Although well known for his comedic onstage antics, Vince has appeared in concert and in the studio with artists the likes of Sue Medley, Long John Baldry, Doug & the Slugs, Great Big Sea, Rick Henry, Oscar Lopez, James Keelaghan, Mae Moore, Todd Butler and many others. Vince also composes & produces, having released his solo CD Supertonic in 2002.
Tobin “The Gull” Frank. What began as a temporary guest slot with the band in 1997 has grown into a long-time association. Tobin plays basses, piano, organ, and accordion. He is only occasionally allowed to sing. There is a reason for this. Tobin is author of the upcoming book Rock Stars & Tupperware: 101 surprising tales of food preservation.  

www.sotw.ca

Times & Venues

March 19
8:00 PM
BIG St. Pat's Night Out!
Vogue Theatre


The Starbirds

members of The Paperboys – Opening for Spirit of the West

The Starbirds

The Starbirds, a Roots trio from Vancouver and Victoria, play a mix of Folk, Celtic, Gospel and Latin music. The band, which consists of 3 Paperboys’ members, started out playing as The Paperboys Trio, mostly doing Paperboys’ songs in more of a stripped-down fashion. With time and gigs under their belt, their repertoire has been slowly changing to a whole new set of original songs and instrumentals. The sound is centred around the award-winning songwriting of Tom Landa and the unique instrumentation of trombone, jarana and fiddle.

Joining Tom is Victoria's Nick La Riviere, whose brilliant trombone playing has been critically acclaimed and praised by Wynton Marsalis among others.  He is in high demand as both a trombonist and bassist and has played with jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer, as well as heading his own jazz septet. The band's third member is the award-winningKalissa Hernandez, whose fiddle style has been praised from the time she was twelve years old. She has won the BC Provincial Fiddle Championship, she represented her province at the Canadian Grand Masters and has toured and taught world-wide for the past 4 years.

At the core of the group is the vocal blend of Tom Landa and Kalissa Hernandez. Both possess strong and unique voices and sing in English and Spanish, representing both their Latin and Celtic backgrounds. Tom was born and raised in Mexico and Kalissa is of Chilean heritage. 

Between the trombone, the fiddle, the step dancing and rhythms of the Mexican jarana, it's no wonder The Starbirds are a crowd favourite at festivals, clubs and theatres.

For CelticFest Vancouver, The Starbirds will be joined by Brad Gillard, also of The Paperboys, on banjo and bass. They will be exploring the connection between Mexico and Ireland, playing homage to The San Patricios. So get ready for a little Mexican spice with your Guinness. 

http://www.tomlanda.com/
http://www.paperboys.com/

Times & Venues

March 19
8:00 PM
BIG St. Pat's Night Out!
Vogue Theatre


Amy Stephen, Boris Favre, Allan Dionne

formerly of Mad Pudding

Amy Stephen, Boris Favre, Allan Dionne (formerly of Mad Pudding)

Amy Stephen (accordion & vocals), Boris Favre (bass, feet & vocals), and Allan Dionne (percussion & vocals) spent many years together professionally as members of Mad Pudding, Canada's original Celtic-funk band. The band, which recorded its first CD in 1994, toured internationally until 2004 performing at festivals and concerts throughout North America and Europe. The five-member band consisted of guitar, fiddle, accordion, bass and drums and five-part vocals. Although Celtic in roots and style, the musical focus of the band was on central and western Canadian music: from Ontario fiddle tunes mixed with original, funk-backed Scottish-influenced compositions to songs from Edith Fowke's Canadian Folk Collection to k.d. lang covers to original songs about love and angst and local, west coast concerns. Mad Pudding produced five CDs over the course of 10 years and received nominations for three West Coast music awards including Best Live Act. Since Mad Pudding called it quits in 2004, Amy, Boris and Allan have maintained active musical careers in performance, composition and teaching:

Amy Stephen, one of the original founders of Mad Pudding, she later joined the Vancouver World Music Collective and was featured in the award-winning Canadian documentary Music for a New World. She produced the CD, In the Heather (a collection of traditional Celtic tunes performed by Vancouver's top Irish players) with the CBC, played with world music fusion group Jou Tou and klezmer band Tzimmes for a few years, and recorded three solo CDs. Amy is an active performer on Celtic harp, whistle and accordion with the Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, is a published choral composer and arranger, and currently professionally directs several choirs. She also performs solo and with her husband, Persian traditional singer Amir Haghighi, presenting a unique Persian-Celtic fusion.

Boris Favre, also an accomplished jazz pianist, founded the trio Pastiche, and currently performs with Jersey fiddler Shona Le Mottée, Cuban vocalist Deborah Ledon, and children's entertainer Music With Marnie. Aside from performing, Boris teaches music at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach and he makes Irish and Swedish bagpipes in his Vancouver workshop.  His pipes are sold around the globe and he is currently working on designing the first ever Canadian bagpipe.

Allan Dionne, was asked to accompany Ashley MacIsaac in 2009 for his performance at the Vogue Theatre as part of CelticFest Vancouver. An accordionist and composer as well as a drummer, Allan is currently a full-time member of Pastiche, Augusta, and The Shona Le Mottée Band.  In addition to recordings done with Mad Pudding and Shona Le Mottée, Allan can be heard on a number of other CDs playing both drum set and mallet instruments.  He has also performed with the Prince George Symphony and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestras.  Allan has been teaching and performing in the Vancouver area since 1995.  He gives private lessons and teaches Drum Set Basics classes at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

www.amystephenmusic.com

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino


The Colin Grant Band

The Colin Grant Band

Lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk, Colin Grant embarks on his latest project: a dynamic and thoughtful mingling of beats and melodies from an extensive host of musical influences. The Colin Grant Band has created a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Steely Dan as it is Ashley MacIsaac.

With a trad trio comprised of the manic pianist Jason” leaden-left-hand” Roach (Dawn and Margie Beaton) and embarrassingly-talented mandolin, guitar and banjo player Darren MacMullen (J.P. Cormier Band), Grant hooked up with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese (Buck and Kinch, Tom Fun Orchestra). Together, the group produces a fervent yet calculated rhythm that backs an expressively diverse range of tunes. While the lively sound never strays too distantly from its Celtic roots, the CGB has found an open ear in everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers.

Colin’s second full-length album entitled Fun for the Whole Family garnered him a nomination for Instrumental Recording of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the award for Music Nova Scotia’s 2010 Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.

2011 will see the band off to Scotland for the Celtic Connections Festival and into the studio to record their debut album, set for a summer release.

www.colingrant.ca

Times & Venues

March 15 – Preview Event
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Free Lunch Time Concert
Music Stage – Plaza at Pacific Centre

March 16
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel

March 20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Performance Stage
Celtic Village (Georgia & Granville)

March 20
4 PM - 8 PM
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 20
9:00 PM - 1 AM
Doolin’s Irish Pub


Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp has been an innovator, mentor and staple of the West Coast music scene for over 20 years. His work on the fiddle has garnered him praise from folk critics around the world, and he has appeared on various prestigious world stages including the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, where his punk-Mohawk look captured the imagination of the country. He is the founder and president of the Victoria Fiddle Society and the BC Fiddle Orchestra and has collected over 1000 original fiddle tunes by over 100 BC composers. This collection and his vast knowledge of the BC fiddle culture will soon be explored in an in-depth CBC Radio series. Daniel’s work on the trumpet has ranged from Bix to electrix as he has explored the history of the instrument and jazz music in general from its earliest forms to contemporary settings with his band Lappelectro. He has worked with various symphony orchestras, Rickie Lee Jones, Beth Orton, Spirit of the West and Stephen Fearing and has recently shared the stage with Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, John Hammond and Van Dyke Parks to name a few.

www.daniellapp.com

Times & Venues

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel


Alpha Yaya Diallo

Alpha Yaya Diallo

Born in Guinea, West Africa, guitarist, singer, songwriter Alpha Yaya Diallo, is a true multi-cultural artist, performing in French, English and his native Guinean languages of Fulani, Malinke, and Sosoxi.

Diallo, a three time JUNO Award-winner, is a multi-talented artist whose dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African musicians. By successfully uniting the traditional and the contemporary, Diallo has carved a niche for himself beside such West African luminaries as Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour, and Ismael Lo.

Recently his music has been used in the popular Hollywood films, Rendition and District 9. 
With six highly-acclaimed albums of his own compositions, including Juno Award-winners The Message and The Journey, it was a natural fit for him to take part in the hugely successful African Guitar Summit concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto with Pa Joe, Mighty Popo, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, and Donné Robert. The concert led to two recordings released by CBC Records, leading to another Juno Award for African Guitar Summit. In 2007, Alpha was the only North American artist approached by the United Nations to create a new work for a compilation CD that will further raise awareness around the issues of HIV/AIDS, hunger, and debt relief in Africa. The finished piece, Imme Africa / Get Up Africa is a tribute and a call to the people of that continent – their potential and responsibility.

Diallo’s musical heritage is something he always wants to nurture and to build upon. He never strays far from these roots, while at the same time ensuring that his performances and his albums make use of the very latest advances in music technology.

 “Diallo is an excellent guitarist and singer. If you have not heard his music, it will be a revelation.”THE B E A T

www.alphayayadiallo.com

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino


Stephanie Cadman

with Jake Charron

Stephanie Cadman

Stephanie Cadman grew up in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.  Born into a musical family, she was drawn to the fiddle and developed a passion for dance and theatre starting at age four.  Now as an accomplished artist, her professional reputation extends throughout North America and around the world.

Stephanie began her professional career as a lead in the hit musical Swingstep combining her skills as actor, dancer, singer and fiddler.  She then went on to perform in the Mirvish Productions Celtic review Needfire, and the Broadway National Tour of 42nd Street.  She is a founding member of the hit dance show The StepCrew and is also one of Canada’s top violinists featured in the production of Bowfire.  

As a dancer Stephanie is accomplished in tap, Celtic step-dancing, ballet and jazz.  She has appeared as a dance soloist and fiddler with symphonies all over North America including the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony orchestra. She was the top female at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at age 16 and also holds three step-dancing titles at the prestigious Pembroke Championships.

Stephanie has been privileged to have shared the stage with Colin James, Jason McCoy, Lara St John, Amy Sky, and opened NYE 2010 for Frankie Valli and The Eagles in Houston, Texas.  She also starred in Sir Sean Connery’s 2009 Dress to Kilt benefit concert in NYC.  Stephanie takes great pride in having performed in Canadian Forces show tours at several base camps in the Middle East and in the Canadian North. 

In 2006, Stephanie established the touring production Celtic Blaze that fuses her virtuosi fiddling and step-dancing into a theatrical setting backed by a five-piece band.  The show headlines at venues across North America and is characterized by a rich tapestry of original and modern Celtic traditions with emphasis on visual as well as musical appeal. Stephanie is also in great demand as a choreographer and director.  Her first directorial debut was in 2009 with Highland Storm The Gael at the College of Piping in PEI, which opened with huge success and was featured during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Canada Summer Games.

"......captivating choreography....incredibly talented.....world-class.....jaw-dropper"
 The Guardian

www.stephaniecadman.com

Times & Venues

March 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Free Lunch Time Concert
Music Stage – Plaza at Pacific Centre

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino

March 19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Performance Stage
Celtic Village (Georgia & Granville)


Jake Charron

with Stephanie Cadman

Jake Charron

Joining Stephanie Cadman on piano and guitar, Jake Charron is continuing to build a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists for fiddle music.  He has become a much sought-after musician for traditional styles, playing piano and guitar with artists across the continent. Jake has performed with fiddle champions Shane Cook, Mark Sullivan, Louis Schryer, Pierre Schryer, Kyle Charron, and more recently had the opportunity to work with ECMA winner Troy MacGillivray and acclaimed Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll.  Jake has also performed with Stephanie Cadman's Celtic Blaze production, and as a duo with fiddler/step-dancer Dan Stacey.  He is the house pianist at several fiddle competitions including the Canadian Open Fiddle Championships in Shelburne Ontario, and the Canadian Grand Masters. 

Times & Venues

March 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Free Lunch Time Concert
Music Stage – Plaza at Pacific Centre

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel

March 19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Performance Stage
Celtic Village (Georgia & Granville)


Rob Menzies (Piper)

Piper

Rob Menzies

Rob Menzies started playing the Scottish Highland Bagpipe at the age of eight. He competed on the Pacific North-West solo circuit and won the Pacific International Aggregate for Senior Amateur Piping in 1974 and for Open Professional Piping in 1982.

He was a longtime member of the renowned Canadian Grade One Pipe Band - Triumph Street and competed with the band at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland four times. He was Pipe Major of Triumph Street from 1983 to 1988 and during that time produced two recordings. In 1985, while teaching the Utah Pipe Band in Salt Lake City, Rob was invited to perform a Highland Bagpipe / Pipe Organ Duet at the Mormon Tabernacle. This was the first time that such a duet had been performed.

In addition to the competitive bagpipe circuit, he played on the Vancouver folk / traditional music scene. He has recorded and performed with popular Canadian artists such as Spirit of the West, Stephen Fearing, Jay Knutson, Babe Gurr, Pete McCormack, The Celtic Ensemble, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band & Ottawa Valley Fiddler Ashley Macleod. He also performed on renowned Canadian composer J. Douglas Dodd's Reflections of Canada - A Symphony of Light & Magic. This spectacular multimedia show was featured for several summers during the evenings on the grounds of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

In 1989 Rob assembled a group that opened the prestigious Vancouver Folk Music Festival. He has also performed at the WOMAD Festival in Cornwall, England, CelticFest Vancouver, Harmony Arts Festival, Festival Vancouver, Stein Valley Festival, Pacific Northwest Folklife Festival, Frostbite Festival, Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Mission Folk Music Festival, Vancouver's Rogue Folk Club and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Rob has also had several original compositions published in music collections for the Highland Bagpipe.

Rob retired from competition in 1995 and is now a senior adjudicator for the BC Pipers Association. He is recognized as an excellent pipe band judge – particularly in the ensemble discipline due to his diverse musical background and experience as a grade 1 pipe major.

Rob works full time as a Paramedic Chief for the British Columbia Ambulance Service.

Times & Venues

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel


Shona Le Mottée

Shona Le Mottee

Born on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel, Shona Le Mottée moved to Vancouver, Canada at age 9. Raised by a mother from the East coast of Scotland, Shona has deep roots in the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton Island.

In 1995, Shona was chosen to join the Canadian Celtic-pop group The Paperboys with whom she toured extensively throughout North America for over two years. In 1997, Shona recorded the album Molinos with The Paperboys, which won the Juno Award in 1998 for the Best Roots and Traditional Album - Group category.

In 1998/99, Shona performed with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas and Orlando. She has also performed and recorded with: 5x World Champions SFU Scottish Pipe Band, English songsmith Tim Readman, West African folk musician Alpha Yaya Diallo, Irish party bands The Town Pants and The Pat Chessell Band, and Celtic folk band Mad Pudding.

Shona has taught fiddle music for over 17 years and is the former director and founder of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Club, which ran successfully for six years. In 2002 - 2007, Shona was invited to teach at the Coast Strings Fiddle School in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Colorado. At these schools she was on staff with some of the best fiddlers in the world.

Shona released her debut solo recording Destination Grouville in March 2005. On the recording Shona is accompanied by several accomplished musicians including Tim Readman (guitar / vocals), Keona Mundy (flute) and the Mad Pudding Rhythm Section (Allan Dionne on percussion and Boris Favre on electric bass). Shona now performs with Tim, Boris and Allan in The Shona Le Mottée Band.

www.shona.ca

Times & Venues

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel


Tim Readman

Host, Guitar

Tim Readman

Tim Readman is musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist. He is well known on the Celtic music circuit in Canada and in the UK for his work with Fear of Drinking and as a solo artist. He specializes in Irish, Scottish and English folk songs as well as his own material in that vein. He is also a guitar accompanist for a number of fiddlers, most notably Shona Le Mottée, who he has performed with for over a decade, and produced her debut CD. Tim has played at every CelticFest since its inception and was artistic director for two years in 2008/9. He’s delighted to be back again as a performer and host of The World’s Greatest Céilidh this year.

www.timreadman.com

Times & Venues

March 17
8:00 PM
World’s Greatest St. Patrick’s Day Céilídh!
The Yale Hotel


Boris Sichon

Boris Sichon

"Sichon is simply brilliant...and he does it (a performance) with a fascinating array of ethnic musical instruments gathered from all over the globe."
Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun

Boris Sichon was born in the Ukraine, where he finished Musical High School studying percussion instruments. He left his home town for St. Petersburg to continue his musical education at the Academy of Music. During his studies he started performing in the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with well-known Russian conductors such as Yevgeny Mravinsky, Shostakovich, Badchan, Karapetian and many others.

After graduation from the Academy, Boris was invited to join the Jewish chamber musical theatre in Moscow as a stage musician and actor. After six years Boris left the theatre for a five year period working as a musician, dancer and singer in the main Russian National Folkloric Band. During this period he had an opportunity to visit and perform in 25 different countries on five different continents, where he started to collect traditional local instruments and learned to play from well-known native musicians.

From 1990 onwards, Boris had been working with the Footsbarn Travelling Theatre (France) as a musician and actor. He continued his travels, collecting musical instruments along the way, and rare and valuable musical information with the Theatre Company.

He then spent five years in Israel, working with Habima National Theatre, teaching at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, writing music for films and plays, as well as performing a great deal.

When Boris came to Canada in 2004, he began performing right away, leading workshops, participating in Festivals (Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Comox Music Fest, Vancouver Island Folk, Edmonton Folk Fest, etc.), playing solo as well as with Yungchen Lhamo, Jerry Douglas, Pavlo, Uzume Taiko and others.  He also shone in writing music for theatre and was nominated by the JESSIES for outstanding sound design/original composition in the small theatre category for Helen’s Necklace, Pi Theatre.

Boris is the owner of a unique collection of ethnic musical instruments he has compiled while traveling around the globe. His collection is now comprised of over 200 rare and unique musical instruments. A comprehensive list of the items in the collection can be found on this website.

www.sichon.com

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino


Todd Wong aka Toddish McWong

Host

Todd Wong

Todd Wong aka Toddish McWong is a 5th Generation accordion-playing Chinese-Canadian, who created Gung Haggis Fat Choy, a mythical Chinese Robbie Burns Dinner that spawned a CBC Vancouver television performance special nominated for two 2004 Leo Awards.

He is also the inventor of deep-fried haggis won-ton, and responsible for putting dragon boats in Vancouver's St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Todd first learned about Robbie Burns while wearing a kilt at Simon Fraser University in 1993.  To organize his first Robbie Burns Dinner, he read a “how-to" book at the Vancouver Public Library, where he is an employee.  2011 finds him celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner.  McWong has been interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland, CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers (Sounds Like Canada), CBC TV's Peter Mansbridge (The National), Vancouver Sun's Pete McMartin and many other media.

www.gunghaggis.com

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino


N'Nato Camara

African Dancer

N'Nato Camara

In Malinke, N’Nato means “I’m Coming and she arrived in this world dancing”.

N’Nato Camara comes from the city of Conakry in Guinea West Africa. In Guinea, N’Nato was the principal dancer with the Baille Taille led by Mamadouba Camara, lead soloist for the Ballet Djoliba and former Soloist for the Ballet Africans – two of West Africa’s most respected traditional groups. She also performed with Circus Baobob, and Kaley Multicultural. In Aug 2008 she was the Choreographer and Artistic Director of “EXPLOSION AFRICANE”, as part of Festival Vancouver. She has toured throughout North America and Poland with “Les Amazones de Guinea”.

In February, 2010 N’Nato taught dance and performed in Mexico City, Puebla,
Jalapa, and Guadalajara. She made a demo CD while in Mexico with the group Fankalya and
returned in May to perform at a festival with them. N’Nato is a, musician and singer in Cirque Kalabante based in Montreal, which is associated with Artcirq, an Inuit group based in Iqualuit, Nunavit, Canada.N’Nato performed with Kalabante and Artcirq in Montreal, Iqualuit and Conakry, West Africa, in the Fall and Winter of 2010.

N’Nato continues to perform internationally with Canadian / Guinean - Triple Juno Award-winning artist Alpha YaYa Diallo.

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino


Yoro Noukoussi

percussion

Yoro Noukoussi

Yoro Noukoussi, a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and sound engineer was born in North Benin, Africa to the Chief of the Wama People. He learned the art of storytelling and drumming from his family, while traveling the region performing and sharing cultural traditions and ceremonies. His professional career started when he co-founded the "Les Princes du Sahel" Band which became immensely popular throughout Benin. Yoro furthered his education in Switzerland, where he studied Jazz and played regularly with many popular Swiss musicians. He also performed African music and storytelling throughout the Swiss schools and community for five years. In Canada, Yoro is in great demand as a performer and studio musician. He has mastered the rhythms of the talking drum (donga),congas (kokomba) and djembe and offers independent classes and workshops. As an independent accomplished artist, Yoro has performed and collaborated with various musicians at festivals internationally and has presented workshops for over 20 years. In addition to performing, he offers music education classes, recording and talent coaching for emerging music artists.

http://www.myspace.com/yoronoukoussi

Times & Venues

March 18
8:00 PM
AfroCeltic Dance Party
Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino