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Supporting Local Performers

Celtic Folk supports Celtic and East Coast folk music and traditions. We tap into primarily local talent. Local means you get to Calgary by your own means. So if the stars align, groups passing through might occasionally appear in our lineup. You might:

  • Be interested in attending a show and want more details,
  • Want to perform for us at a show, or
  • Want to find a performer for your event.

This page is intended to support all those objectives.

Call for Performers

If you are a local performer or group and think you might be a good match for one of our Club/Concert evenings, drop us a note at info@celticfolkcalgary.ca. If you are passing through the area during the fall to spring months – give us a shout – you never know what could be possible when the wind is right.

Performer Bios

The most recent performers will appear first. Click on the performer for additional information, including contact information if it is available.

See the events page for upcoming shows.

My Son Ted

Originally formed in 1998 as Celtic band, Tir na n’Og, changing times, tastes, and, temperaments have fueled our reinvention as My Son Ted. With a repertoire that still honours our Celtic roots, the My Son Ted set list is heavily populated by both inspired originals and re-imagined covers of popular rock and folk music. The band’s line up has varied over the years, but the current stable of musicians has been static over last 5 years allowing the growth and change necessary to achieve our current dynamic sound.

My Son Ted is:

  • Brian Volke –  vocals, guitar and mandolin
  • Christie Simmons – vocals, guitar, ukelele and whistles
  • Shawn Kingston – vocals, guitar and mandolin
  • Colin Peters – vocals, fiddle
  • Brad Uphill – percussion
  • Rob McConnell – bass

This multi-instrumental six piece backs soaring harmonies; taking you from mournful ballads that will have you stifling a tear to rip-it-up dance tunes that are sure to bring you to your feet.

Gerry Madigan

Gerry Madigan - Singer and banjo

Folksinger/songwriter and banjo/guitarist, Gerry Madigan, is a seasoned professional with an impressive musical pedigree. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, where he was weaned on the Dublin Folk Music scene that spawned artists like The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and many more, he subsequently enjoyed 15 successful years on the road with his own band, The Cotton Mill Boys. Gerry has called Calgary home for the past 19 years.

His accompaniments to his Irish and contemporary folk songs are subtle and sensitive. Whether he’s singing a classic Irish song like ‘Raglan Road’, or telling the tale of Irish emigration in his poignant song, ‘Ellis Island’, all of his performances are passionate and memorable. Gerry recently released his brand new CD of all original material last year, entitled, ‘Wild Bird, Fly Free’.

Kathy Pepers

Kathy Pepers playing a harpKathy Pepers started the piano at the age of 5 and found the Celtic harp only after flirting with a long line of other instruments. Raised with a rich appreciation for classical music, she discovered Celtic music along with the harp and is now smitten with a deep love for both.

She is grateful to be able to share both harp and music at church services, weddings, funerals and various special events and concerts in the Calgary community, and she is always especially glad to take part in events like Celtic Folk and the Water Valley Celtic Festival that shine a light on and share that beautiful Celtic music!

Get Reel

Hailing from the East Coast of De Winton and the North Shores of Calgary, our crew will explore a lively set of songs and tunes from the Maritimes, Folk and other Celtic traditions. Doug Wagner (vocals, bodhran, guitar and fiddle) and Greg Black (vocals, guitar, electric bass and octave mandolin).

When the fog is just right you can hear almost hear the waves, smell the ocean, and see the shipwrecks.

Current house band for Celtic Folk.

Sonas

Sonas, meaning happiness in the Irish language, is an exciting new Calgary based ensemble specializing in Irish traditional music. The band is comprised of Cowtowns pillars of Irish traditional music, Emilie Kirwan-Dynock, David Morrissey, Dan Mills and Graham Wells.

Driving jigs and reels, lilting, poignant and powerful vocals are all on the bill of fare with this foursome that hail from the islands of Ireland and Newfoundland. All four members have an impressive musical history and can be found keeping the tradition alive every Sunday at the traditional music session at the Oak Tree Tavern.

Caiseal

(noun, Irish Gaelic) Pronunciation: C0SH-ul

  1. Stone fort
  2. (chess) rook, castle
  3. Band name of a trio of musicians living and performing songs and tunes in Calgary, Alberta. All hail from different parts of Ireland: Simon Colgan (guitar, whistle) is from County Down, Anne Cowman (accordion) is from Meath, and Greg ONeill (bouzouki, banjo) is from Waterford.

Bow Folk

Bow Folk - Picture of band.

Jarred Albright (Calgary), Rhonda Shippy (Canmore) & Chelsea Sleep (Canmore) united in the Bow Valley through their love of instrumental folk music from around the world. Their singular focus of playing tunes that bring them joy ignores musical borders and is unrestricted by the limitations of different folk styles. Like true Canadians, Bow Folk is a melting pot of fiddling traditions from around the globe.

Plaidie

Plaidie Band Photo

Plaidie was original formed 25 plus years ago to perform at Spruce Meadows Festival of Nations and over time matured from three individuals who sang together to become a tight trio which learned to arrange both traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish songs to make them their own. The fact that Maureen hails from Newcastle, County Down in Northern Ireland and Jim and Maurice are from Glasgow in Scotland, this gives Plaidie an authenticity in presentation.

With Maurice on guitar and bodrahn, Jim on bodrhan and mandolin and Maureen on guitar, all three members are equally capable of singing lead vocal or harmony allowing them to explore a variety of songs and styles. Their singing comes from the heart and their natural blend of voices and harmonies evokes warmth and honesty. As Maureen says “Our voices are our instruments”.

Horizon Ridge

Horizon Ridge Band

Horizon Ridge is a group of fine multi-instrumentalists and seasoned vocalists known for their intuitive, tight harmonies and polished a cappella singing. Helen and Steve Goodchild, Peter May and Dianne Quinton take musical inspiration from their roots and subsequent journeys near and far.

Horizon Ridge brings an engaging stage presence to performances. With influences spanning traditional and contemporary folk, country, blues, rock and gospel, the band is versatile and adventurous.

Their first CD, Enough is all you need, was released in July 2016. A mix of original and cover songs, it showcases the band’s ability to move effortlessly between different musical styles and genres.

The band members, who are based in Calgary, Alberta, have played festivals, music clubs and concerts in Canada, the US and UK. They have also taught a range of musical workshops in individual and group settings.

On Irish Street

On Irish Street at ICS Hickey's Place

This group of talented musicians returns to Celtic Folk for another set of lively songs and tunes. They have also played together at the Water Valley Celtic Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folk Club, formal functions at the Irish Centre, and in a weekly session at the Oaktree Tavern in Calgary.

Emilie Kirwan (fiddle) is from Ballynacally, a village outside Ennis in Co. Clare. She attended the University of Limerick and has a Master’s degree in Traditional Irish music performance. Martin Hayes and Gerry O’Connor were just two of her instructors.

Dan Mills (vocals, flute, whistles, guitar, and bouzouki) is an accomplished musician from Newfoundland. Danny was a mainstay in the popular band “The Freels with Fergus O’Byrne and Maria Peddle.

Derick Perry (singer/guitarist) is from Belfast Co. Antrim. He has performed solo and played with various bands at Celtic Folk, Rocky Mountain Folk Club, and Water Valley.

Eileen Perry-Milligan (bodhran/vocals) is also from Belfast. Co. Antrim and has played with groups at Celtic Folk and Water Valley and the Rocky Mountain Folk club as a duo with Derick. Her bodhran was built by Dave Settles.

All images copyright Celtic Folk Calgary.