A celebration of Scottish heritage, music and dance in honour of St Andrew original Patron Saint of St Patrick’s Basilica Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus St Patrick’s Basilica Ottawa, guests may expect Scottish stew (meat and vegetarian), salad and dessert – complete with toast to the Haggis ceremony Fiddle concert by renown Nova Scotian Fiddler Anna Ludlow Cape Breton style square dancing for all to enjoy – instructions included by the renown Brian Armstrong.
Sounds of the Pipes and drums of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band of Ottawa – Canada’s oldest civilian band Highland dance demonstration by the Celtic Cross Dancers of Ottawa.
More about Anna Ludlow:
Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Anna Ludlow has become a crowd favourite in Ottawa, performing at the Festival of Small Halls Ontario, Almonte Celtfest and Ottawas own Bluesfest. She has performed many times on Parliament Hill, both as part of National Fiddling Day, as well as for Canada Day celebrations. Her album Reel to Reel drew nominations from both the East Coast Music Association as well as from Music Nova Scotia. In a few short weeks, Anna Ludlow will be starring as the lead fiddle player in the Broadway musical hit – Come From Away as it begins its year-long run in Toronto, Ontario.
Anna’s performance is a description of the lively spirit of Maritime culture. Her music shares the stories of its rich and diverse history, all the while melding the tunes with a contemporary spin, making it new and fresh for todays generation.
She will be accompanied by touring Celtic & Jazz pianist Tyson Chen. He studied classical and popular music in Ottawa, where he grew up. In recent years, he has lived and breathed Celtic music in the heart of Cape Breton where he has become a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He has also recently explored the world of jazz music and is currently studying jazz and Celtic piano in Ottawa.
The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band
Canada’s oldest Civilian Pipe Band, founded in 1896. They are the first Pipe Band to be heard in the Nation’s capital on Burns night, January 25,1896.
Under the direction of Pipe Major Bethany Bisaillion, the Sons of Scotland compete at all the local Highland Games and perform in some 50 concerts and parades throughout the year. We are committed to developing the talent of each of our members, producing quality music, and having a great deal of fun.
The Celtic Cross Dancers is a group of Ottawa dancers who perform a mix of traditional and contemporary choreographies.
With decades of experience in Highland, Irish, and Ottawa Valley Step dancing as teachers, performers, competitors, and choreographers, Celtic Cross members have performed for Irish ambassadors, British high commissioners, and members of the Royal Family; have shared the stage with the likes of Ashley MacIsaac, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Sons of Scotland, Ottawa Police, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Bands, and with countless Celtic bands including Jiggs Boson, the Lyon Street Celtic Band, Occasional Pudding, and the Rockwood Ceilidh Project; have appeared on CTV, City TV, and other networks; and have performed and competed across Europe and North America.
Celtic Cross shows are a lively blend of all three dance styles and are a mix of traditional solo and group dances as well as original choreographies. The groups repertoire is suited to any venue or event from festivals to pubs to live concerts to wedding receptions and anything in between.