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Bedlam Corner

Bedlam Corner

This band of merry men and women is led by hosts Elegwen O'Maoileoin and Michael Viens, both singers who between them, play uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar and harmonicas. Elegwen was a founding member of the Celtic group Damanta and steam punk line-up Corset. He first studied the pipes and bouzouki while living in Ireland. Michael has been a member of the Celtic group Blackthorn since 1995, teaches at Celtic traditions in Vancouver and is a co-host of In the Claddagh Ring which airs Friday nights on CFRO, 102.7FM.

Their music is well-steeped in the Irish tradition but at the same time, they aren’t afraid to explore and push the boundaries of the genre. Musical friends regularly drop in from near and far to share in the mayhem and the craic is always mighty. Bedlam Corner is more than just a place, a group of musicians or a state of mind, it is a dynamic musical experience best shared with friends, preferably over a pint of Guinness.

Times & Venues

March 14
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

March 15
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

March 16
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

March 18
5:00 pm – onwards
Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug


British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums

British Columbia Regiment

The British Columbia Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums were formed in 1992, with one Piper who acted as the Commanding Officers Piper. Formerly, it had existed as the Irish Fusiliers Pipe Band of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada Reserve Regiment based at the Stanley Park Armoury in Vancouver. The Regiment and Pipe Band were disbanded in 1964 after the destruction of the Armoury in a fire three years previous.

In June 2002, The Irish Fusiliers of Canada and the British Columbia Regiment were formally merged to preserve the Battle Honours and name of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment). With the merger, the BCR Irish Pipes and Drums have become a visible symbol of the Irish heritage of these two outstanding regiments.

The British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums consisting of 24 members are one of five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world. In April 2010, the Pipe Band changed Pipe Majors with Alistair Pattison assuming the position and Jordan Seguin being promoted to Director of Music.  The band continues to grow and increase its profile in the community as well as serving the B.C. Regiment (DCO), as the Regiments Pipe Band. The band, which is an all-volunteer band made up of civilian women, men and youth of diverse ethnic origins, is based out of the Beatty Street Armoury in Vancouver, B.C.

www.irishpipesanddrums.com

Times & Venues

March 16
6:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
5:30 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
7:30 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
4:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
8:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell, along with his talented backup band, has made quite a name for himself on the Western Canadian music scene. A native of Vancouver, BC, Pat has opened for such acts at The Town Pants and Brent Lee and has played his own shows in some of Canada’s hottest nightclubs such as The Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto), Dublin Crossing, Doolin’s Irish Pub, The Limerick Junction, The Roxy and many more. Heavily influenced by acts such as The Clancy Brothers, Pogues and Johnny Cash, he has gained a strong, loyal fanbase due to his exceptional acoustic guitar playing, warm, passionate vocals and his [often downright funny] stage presence. His voice has often been compared as a mix between Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby and many have seen that Chessell has been gifted with the ability to win over any audience – no matter where the venue might be – by providing them with an eclectic mix of Irish and Canadian folk music, making them feel like they’re sitting in a tiny pub on the coast of Donegal sipping on a beer when they may very well be sitting in a huge nightclub on a rainy Vancouver night.

www.patchessell.com

Times & Venues

March 16
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 18
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Copper Sky

Copper Sky

No strangers to the Vancouver music scene Paul Evenden, Jennie Bice and Ernie Higgins have blended their colourful talents and created a dynamic group..."Copper Sky”. Since 2002, this trio has been pleasing audiences with their lively style of music all around the Lower Mainland.

www.bcmusicman.ca/coppersky.htm

Times & Venues

March 16
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 17
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Doolin’s Irish Pub


Chris Greve

Chris Greve

I'm Chris, alias "Chris". I was born in London, England. Alas, Paul McCartney and the boys felt threatened by my presence and asked the Queen to order me out of the country. After a boat ride across the Atlantic, and a train ride across Canada, I ended up in Calgary. I have hosted jams in and around Calgary, and have played in the United States, England, Cuba, and even Turkey. I play guitar, bodhrán, tambourine, and those shaky-egg things (not to mention the spoons, usually on my head) and I love the energy transmitted through Celtic and Maritime music.

Times & Venues

March 16
9:30 pm – 1:00 am
Doolin’s Irish Pub


Halifax Wharf Rats

Halifax Wharf Rats

The Halifax Wharf Rats aren't just your everyday kind of Celtic band. Brian Flanagan, along with Michelle Carlisle, Rick Chapman and Robert Graves are the kind of folks you'd want to invite home for a party, a barbecue or just to meet the relatives.  With lots of Celtic and of course Maritime fun stuff in store, it's always best to come early and stay late - just like they do down home. We won't go into each individual’s many talents; we'll let the music speak for itself.

www.wharfrats.ca

Times & Venues

March 15
9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 18
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Cellar


Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne Hernandez

By the age of three, Ivonne Hernandez was playing violin by ear, everything from her mother’s favourite Maritime reels to her father’s Chilean folk music roots. A child prodigy, she soon was playing guitar, piano, cello, flute, and percussion before joining Daniel Lapp’s BC Fiddle Orchestra. While still in her pre-teens, Ivonne played on the Orchestra’s Fiddleharmonic CD and before 60,000 at a Commonwealth Games performance with the Crash Test Dummies.

www.ivonnehernandez.com

Times & Venues

March 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Plaza at Pacific Centre

March 15
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Timothy Hewitt

Timothy Hewitt

A mainstay of the Vancouver music scene, Tim Hewitt has been performing with some of Canada’s best known bands for the past 20 years. His acoustic solo act is lively and entertaining, covering everything from current hits to classics we all love. From private parties to fundraisers and corporate events, Tim’s enthusiasm for music is sure to please!

www.timothyhewitt.com

Times & Venues

March 17
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 17
7 pm – 10 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Murphy’s Lagh

Murphys Lagh

High energy fiddle and guitar duo Damian Brennan and Moritz Behm play Irish and Maritime tunes for drinking and dancing.

http://www.murphyslagh.com

Times & Venues

March 18
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


New Fish

New Fish

New Fish are a group of musicians who play Irish-East Coast music along with some rock, folk and whatever else people want to hear.  All members are multi-instrumentalists and have been playing together for the last few years. A night back home is the best way to describe the type of feel you will get from listening to this group.

Times & Venues

March 17
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Cellar

March 18
9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Doolin’s Irish Pub


Nellie Quinn

Nellie Quinn

Canadian folk fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician, captivating performer and versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional music. At the age of 20, Nellie belies her young years through the depth and maturity of her music, no doubt a result of traveling across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to study under some of the best fiddle players of today.

www.nelliequinn.com

Times & Venues

March 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Music Stage
Celtic Village (Georgia & Granville St).

March 17
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Roolya Boolya

Roolya Boolya

Roolya Boolya are a power Celtic duo based in Vancouver, comprised of local fiddle extraordinaire Mary Brunner (and on backing vocals) and Irishman Mark Downey on guitar and bodhrán and vocals, they create quite a sound for two people! The baptism of fire for this band was their residency at The Irish House during the Vancouver Olympics 2010, where they electrified the venue playing to 1,400 people a night for two weeks and sharing the stage with the likes of comedian Stephen Colbert. They have become the go to act for Celtic entertainment in Vancouver and can be found every weekend on several stages around town. They perform for local Irish community events and charities such as The Irish Benevolent Fund and Celtic Connection Fundraisers. Roolya Boolya are currently in the studio recording an album of stirring ballads, romping songs and rocking tunes which will be available by the end of the year.

www.roolyaboolya.com

Times & Venues

March 18
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Doolin’s Irish Pub


Sionnaine Irish Dancers

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced Shannon) Irish Dance Academy creates an energetic, gravity-defying show guaranteed to get your feet tapping and hands clapping.  They are a lively show group, trained in both traditional and modern Irish step dancing and have been a part of the proud tradition of Irish dance for the past 9 years.  Performing and competing locally, nationally, and internationally, their top dancers qualify yearly for both National and World Championships.  Come watch and enjoy as their love for Irish dancing encourages all to ‘dance like no one is watching’.  

www.sionnaine-academy.com

Times & Venues

March 16
5:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
5:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
7:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
3:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
6:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Skellig

Skellig

Original Celtic Rock influenced by Irish Folk, Led Zeppelin, U2 and Muse. 2 generations from 2 continents. Picture the Partridge Family with violin, distorted guitar, talent and an accent.

Skellig was originally formed in South Africa, after Chris and Lisa moved to Cape Town in 1990. Returning to the UK in 1994, Skellig UK continued for several years, producing two CDs, In Another Time and Fragile. In 2005 the Burnesses decided to move to Canada. In 2006, Mike from Ladysmith BC joined, followed by his son Will. Skellig Canada was born and their EP Skellig was released in 2009.

Apart from being competent musicians, Skellig is a true family band and therein lies its great strength:  they have a sense of connection with people, young and old and their fans and fellow musicians are now our extended family on Vancouver Island. They support original music, enjoy playing some covers and organizing events for charity, but most of all having fun.

www.skellig.ca

Times & Venues

March 16
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
1:30 pm
Music Stage
Celtic Village (Georgia & Granville)


The WhiskeyDicks

The WhiskeyDicks

The WhiskeyDicks are a group of Celtic Gypsy Punk Rockers who have spent the better part of a decade carving a reputation for themselves as “One Hell of a Good Time”. The WhiskeyDicks bridge the gap between traditional and modern popular music with an enthusiasm that is contagious and eclecticism that knows no bounds. With nearly a dozen degrees in music under their collective belt, the band’s members take what they have learned in the universities and bring it to the stage. Their interests range from Hungary to Hip-hop and from Scotland to Slayer. They truly have something up their sleeve for any music lover. The formula is simple: Violin, Cello, Guitar, Drums and two Voices play original songs that tell stories of good times past and songs people know but in a way they’d never imagine.

www.myspace.com/thewhiskeydicks

Times & Venues

March 14
9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Doolin’s Irish Pub

March 17
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


Scott Young (Piper)

Scott Young

Scott Young is a bagpiper on the loose! He took up the pipes at the age of seven and hasn’t stopped since. Scott has performed with the Penticton Pipe Band, played competitively in Britain and toured, pipes in hand, throughout Asia, the Middle East and in Europe. Since returning to Canada, the call of his pipes have filled Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on numerous occasions and he’s performed both as a soloist and as a member of one of Ceili's resident party bands The ShinDiggers. For the unmistakable sound of bagpipes rocking the stage, come check him out!

Times & Venues

March 16
5:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
1:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 17
6:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant

March 18
1:00 pm
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant


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