Celtic Folk is excited to present the Nova Scotia sisters, Cassie and Maggie, at the Calgary Irish Cultural Society for our 11 May 2024 concert. This dynamic and high-energy duo has been performing across North America and Europe. The Drowsy Maggies will open the evening.

This not-to-miss event is upstairs in Bunratty Hall, in concert format (attentive audience). The ICS bar will be open. Cash and electronic payment options are available.

This is a big event for Celtic Folk, and it will be another fantastic show. Tickets are available via the Eventbrite website or the secure embedded checkout at the bottom of the page. We hope to see you there.

Cassie and Maggie

Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals. Appearing on stages across North America, the UK, and Europe the sisters have enchanted audiences far and wide with lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements, stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, all complemented by their intricate and percussive stepdancing style.

“2016 Live Ireland Radio’s “VOCALISTS OF THE YEAR” “NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR”, Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s EMERGING ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR winnersGalaxie Radio Rising Stars, Independent Music Award “World Song of the Year” nominees, multiple Canadian Folk Music AwardEast Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nominees, Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie “are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene”- Irish Music Magazine

Be it their foot percussion accompanying driving Nova Scotian sets, their perfect blend of sibling harmonies, added to a stunning interplay on various instruments, a musical evening spent with Cassie and Maggie is a great night, altogether” -Irish Music Magazine. Their new album, The Willow Collection “showcases not only their musical ability, but the depth and variety of their musicianship.”  IMM Cassie and Maggie are an unbelievably gifted duo… the train is just gathering steam and leaving the station on these new stars. It is going to be a glorious journey, and it is already well-begun.” –Live Ireland Radio- Dublin, IR

The Drowsy Maggies

The Drowsy Maggies are a talented trio hailing from across the pond. Their performances feature upbeat and energetic traditional Irish tunes contrasting with the stripped-back acoustic versions of some of Ireland’s most beloved folk classics.

Fiddler Emilie Kirwan brings her West Clare (from Ballynacally in County Clare) playing style to the stage. Emilie studied at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, where she received a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Martin Hayes and Siobhan Peoples were two of her instructors. Emilie regularly performs, teaches, and hosts Irish music sessions in Calgary.

Multi-instrumentalist Nicola McLaughlin (button accordion, banjo, guitar, bodhran, whistle) learned traditional Irish music through the Coventry branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (in the UK). Nicola’s enthusiasm for Irish music brings a wonderful energy to traditional Irish music sessions across Calgary.

Thirdly, vocalist and guitar/bodhran player Ciara Lane hails from Dundalk, Co. Louth, and grew up in a house where trad music, the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers, Christy Moore, and Mary Black were all household staples. She is self-taught on the guitar, and her vocal style is influenced by the softer tones of Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor, and Dolores O’Riordan.

Show Details

Date and Time: Saturday, 11 May 2024 at 7 pm (doors open 6:30)
Location: Irish Cultural Society – Bunratty Hall (upstairs) – 6452 35 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Cost: $30 per person (plus processing fees)

Important Notes

It is a concert format (attentive audience). The ICS provides the bar service. Please be responsible and reasonable while enjoying the performance so everyone else can enjoy their evening.

As a private venue, children are permitted. However, they should be old enough to focus on the performance or another non-disruptive activity and must be supervised by a parent at all times.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Due to the nature of running concerts, all ticket sales are final.

Tickets via Eventbrite

Tickets via the secure embedded checkout below or on the Eventbrite website – use this link if you have problems with the embedded form.