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At RE-JIGGED, you’ll learn from some of North American’s leading players, teachers and performers – all artists and innovators who delight in sharing their passion for new trad Celtic music and dance.

Troy MacGillivray: Cape Breton Fiddle

Troy had his first teaching gig in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton at the Gaelic College of Fine Arts and Crafts. At the age of 13, he was younger than most of his students! Since then, he has taught hundreds of people—from beginners to advanced—the traditional fiddle and piano stylings of his Scottish ancestors.

It is important to develop a good ear to pick up the intricacies of traditional Gaelic music. Troy balances ear training with readingmusic and teaches a range of tunes that are suitable for all levels of students including slow airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, and jigs with both music and by ear.

In 2008, Troy published his first original tune book. The book is used in conducting workshops on both fiddle and piano and highlights some of Troy’s original work which has been recorded on his CDs. In 2009, he introduced the Trad Tracks Series,a new learning tool for those with an interest in traditional music. The CD features a fast and slow version of each track accompanied by piano, bass and percussion for the Traditional/Celtic music lover, enabling them to learn and play along. All you do is just add fiddle!

 

 

Wendy MacIsaac: Cape Breton Piano

Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it.

Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond. She can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach, with whom she toured for 11 years.

Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.

 

Liam Ó Scanláin: Sean-nós step dance, Trading Steps

 

Liam Ó Scanláin, from Glenhest in Co. Mayo, has been dancing since the age of five. Coming from a background primarily in sean nós, Irish and set dance, Liam has also worked with other stlyes and genres. Liam has won numerous dance competitions including All Ireland and World Fleadh titles, as well as Corn TG4 at An tOireachtas in 2008.

Liam has gone on to tutor and perform across not only Ireland but also Europe, Russia, and the United States. He has toured with groups such as Ragús, Avalon Celtic Dances, Alantic Rhythm and Damhsa. He has shared the stage with groups such as Altan, Goitse and Sharon Shannon.

Liam just completed a Masters in Traditional Irish Dance Perfromance in the University of Limerick. 

 

Alisha McMahon: Harp

Alisha McMahon from Co. Clare found herself surrounded by traditional Irish music from a very young age. After learning fiddle from her mother, she attended the University of Limerick where she studied harp and got a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance. She has had the privilege of performing in many countries such as Austria, France, Norway, United States and the United Arab Emirates. She also has a performance Diploma with London College of Music. 

 

 

 

Antoine Turmine: Quebecois Step

 

Despite his roots and continued involvement in the sphere of Quebecois traditional dance, Antoine Turmine also wears the colours of a contemporary dancer. He graduated in 2014 with a BA in dance at UQÀM and is currently working on his MA in dance, which allows him to contextualize, overlook and rethink his understanding of sound and body.

Antoine is presently active in [ZØGMA], Quantum Collective, La R’voyure and the Bang Bang Collectif! and takes part in many independent productions. 

 

 

Mark Currie:  Bodhran, Didgeridoo

Mark Currie is a respected session musician and teacher in the traditional Kerry style. His versatility and openness to exploration have led to interesting collaborative projects with various artists. Recent studio recording projects include Hal Bruce's video We Can Dream On, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald's new CD Sterling Road, and Gillian Boucher's album Attuned, to name a few.

Mark has been a member of several bands and is a founding member of MacCrimmon's Revenge. His unique phrasing and voice on the bodhran were heavily influenced by his earlier musical career as a highland piper and growing up in a house listening to his father play Scottish tunes on the harmonica.  

Ever restless in the pursuit of infectious grooves Mark has also become an accomplished didgeridoo player. He is endlessly intrigued with the possibilities of fusing Celtic music with rhythmic didgeridoo patterns, an integral sound within many of MacCrimmon's Revenge pieces. He plays beautifully crafted didgeridoos by maker Paul Newton of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.  

 

 

Marie-Pierre Lecault: Quebecois Fiddle

As a violinist and a fiddler, Marie-Pierre Lecault is very active on the musical scene both Québécoise and international. Thanks to a sound classical training (a BA in interpretation) and a long-standing traditional environment, today she describes herself as an “ex-classic one” who has gone back to her beginnings!

She is proud to devote a large proportion of her career to enhancing local traditional music by interpreting the repertoire and passing it down to others. An experienced musician, versatile, full of energy, curious about everything, daring and interested in the rhythmic play of the violin, she accompanies several groups and artists. She has been seen with Edith Butler, the dancers of [ZØGMA] and Adam Cohen. In the studio, she works on a regular basis on various projects (albums, commercials and film scores). She also devotes some of her time to teaching. 

Seph Peters: Celtic Guitar 

Hailing from picturesque Margaree, Cape Breton Island, Seph Peters is one of the most sought-after Celtic guitar accompanists in Canada. His unique and innovative style of playing has graced festival stages and theatres across Canada, USA and Europe.

These days, you’ll find Seph on the road with acclaimed Cape Breton Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, the Irish touring show Celtic Crossroads, Ashley MacIsaac...and the list goes on and on and on. Seph is also a highly regarded studio session player and, along with playing guitar, is increasingly appearing on recordings playing tenor banjo.

 

 

 

 

Reneé Peters: Irish-style Fiddle

Reneé Peters draws inspiration from a variety of sources in her fiddle playing, but she can probably best be described as an Irish-style fiddler with a hint of "Cape Breton drive." She has honed her craft into a style that is all her own: fast and lively, but smooth and lyrical when need be. She has taught fiddle for 10 years to kids and adults alike, performed at all imaginable events, and is a sought after studio musician.

Renee has entertained and charmed both local and international audiences with her crisp sound, produced none other than by the swiftness of her bow hand and fast, nimble fingers. These days, she resides in Antigonish with husband Seph Peters and their 15 month old son Koster.

 


Elizabeth MacDonald: Come to the Ceili, Late-Night Ceili

Elizabeth MacDonald has been teaching people to dance for more than 30 years. Originally a Highland dancer and accredited instructor, Elizabeth discovered Irish set and ceili dancing while living in Toronto in the late 1980s. She has taught traditional Irish social dance since 1992 in Halifax and, while living overseas for four years, in Brussels, Belgium.

Elizabeth is also credited with introducing Irish sean-nos step dance to Nova Scotia.

Elizabeth has led workshops and called ceilis throughout the Maritime provinces, northern France and Belgium, including Boxwood Festival, Deep Roots Festival, Feis Nova Scotia, Fundy Feis, North Atlantic Tionol, J.P.Collins Festival, Rocky Bay Irish Festival and Dance Traditionelle Quebec.

Elizabeth's contribution to Irish traditional dance in Canada was recognized by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) with her induction into the Canadian Eastern Region Music Hall of Fame.

When she's not dancing or teaching others to dance, Elizabeth runs her own communications consultancy, helping businesses and non-profit organizations tell their stories.

Scott Macmillan:  Composing Tunes/ Trad. Tune Composition 

Scott Macmillan has a passion for creating music, propelling him forward to a new composition, arrangement commission, collaboration, performance, musical directing live or in the studio, conducting, teaching, or as a clinician.  Driven by his need to be creative MacMillan seeks opportunities in all aspects of music making.  That love has inspired exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz, as well as modern and avant-garde.

Music has taken Macmillan to many places, to Carnegie Hall in New York twice, to perform his much loved ode to our world’s oceans “Celtic Mass for the Sea”, with his partner and librettist Jennyfer Brickenden. He has performed in the British Isles and Germany, the US and has crossed Canada many times to conduct orchestras, perform, make television and radio shows and sound tracks for films. Yet the many who seek out his talents know that Nova Scotia, the home of his birth, is where to find him. 

 2014 recipient of Nova Scotia’s top Artist Prize, the Portia White Prize, Macmillan is a musical treasure, that has played a significant role expanding audiences for Atlantic Canadian music both nationally and internationally for over 40 years. Acknowledged by Rita MacNeil as an integral contributor to her success, Scott has played an equally pivotal role in the rise of the Rankin Family Band, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maritime Pops programming and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.

Inspired by his desire to learn and expand his own musical knowledge and how as the best students make the best teachers, Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists in 2008 at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

 

 

Colleen Putt: Late-Night Ceili

Colleen Putt is a retired school teacher, but still very active in teaching and dancing a variety of traditional dance styles. She obtained the preliminary and full certificates in teaching Scottish Country Dancing at St. Andrews University in Scotland, in 1986 and 1989 respectively. She was also a founding member of “Jig ’n’a Reel,” a performance group which presented all manner of Canadian stepdancing styles, and appeared many times on “Up Home Tonight” in the 80s and 90s.

Colleen is also a dance caller of Cape Breton sets and has wide experience in leading ceilidh dances and workshops. She has been invited to teach at workshops in Canada and the US, not to mention at weddings! She is thrilled at the continuing success of Re-Jigged and is looking forward to it.

 

 

Beth Anne MacEachen- Children's Gaelic Language Program

Beth Anne MacEachen holds a BA in History/English/Celtic Studies from Cape Breton University in Sydney, a BEd from Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L. and a Certificate of Higher Gaelic from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) in Scotland. Her studies at SMO included a one-year immersion program with work placement in a grade school in Scotland, and all her course work was conducted through the medium of Gaelic.

Beth Anne currently teaches Gaelic at Citadel High School in Halifax and the Atlantic Gaelic Academy. She has also taught Gaelic at various workshops and immersions in Nova Scotia. She will be responsible for creating its content, with assistance in delivering the program by other members of Dìleab.

 

 

Andy Webster: Modern Celtic Songs, Mandolin

An inspiring singer, songwriter and string player from Scotland, Andy Webster has been described as one of his generation's leading instrumentalists. Webster’s powerful and varied guitar and bouzouki playing has backed many leading acts, including Dougie MacLean MBE and several JUNO-award winners. His most recent project has been working on guitar parts with members of Ontario’s most famous Celtic band, Leahy.

Andy’s music has led him to stages in France, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Russia, England, Wales, the USA and Canada. His compositions have been selected for compilation albums across Europe and have seen much radio play worldwide. Andy currently resides in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley where he performs and teaches regularly.

 

 

Erin Dempsey: Whistles, Irish Flute

From Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Erin Dempsey learned to play traditional Irish flute at a young age. Erin's passion for Irish music took her to Cork, Ireland, where she lived from 2008-2013. Soaking up the music and culture, Erin has hosted sessions with many expert musicians in Ireland. Together with harpist Ellen Gibling she formed the duo Ragged Robin who have performed across Atlantic Canada and recorded their debut album last summer. Erin's ornamented, smooth playing is rhythmic and energetic, with the subtlety characteristic of piping-style flute playing. She is an experienced teacher, having taught for Comhaltas in Ireland, and at the Re-jigged festival for many years. Erin provides the opportunity for her students to explore their own styles while anchoring their playing in the Irish tradition.

 

 Lewis MacKinnon: Gaelic Language & Song

Lewis MacKinnon is a singer, poet, musician and author.  Born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Antigonish County on the eastern Nova Scotia mainland, Lewis is actively engaged in the Gaelic language and cultural expression of his community. Singing in the English, Gaelic in Nova Scotia and Irish languages, Lewis performs regularly as a solo artist and as a member of the East Coast group, the Jug in Hand Band. Playing rhythm guitar, MacKinnon has shared his powerful baritone voice with audiences in the coffee shops, pubs and concert halls of Eastern Canada, New England, Scotland and Ireland. In 2006 he released an all Gaelic recording titled, A’ Seo (Here) which earned him an ECMA nomination in the Roots/Traditional category. His first book of poetry, titled Famhair (Giant) was release in 2008.  In 2010, he completed his first all-English solo recording, titled Making More Of It.  In 2012, he released a short book of poems titled, Fleodragan-cabair (Raft).  In October 2014, he is scheduled to release his third work of poetry titled, Rudan Mì-bheanailteach is an Cothroman (Intangible Possibilities).  Lewis works in Gaelic development in the province of Nova Scotia.

 

 

Vanessa Lindsay-Botten: The Re-Jigged Chorale

Vanessa Lindsay-Botten is delighted to join people together in song.  A positive and encouraging music educator, Vanessa currently leads a 375-member community choir, the You Gotta Sing! Chorus.  

Believing wholeheartedly that singing is our birthright, Vanessa nurtures a safe, accessible, and joyful singing space to all people who wish to unleash their voices in a choral setting.

Vanessa brings over 20 years of professional musicianship in voice, piano, and harp to each rehearsal, concert, community event,and workshop.  She is excited to share beautiful songs in both English and Gaelic for the Re-Jigged Chorale at this year’s Re-Jigged festival!

 

 

 

 

Shannon Quinnn: Session for Youth

Shannon Quinn was born and raised in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. She achieved her music degree from the renowned ‘Humber College’ in Toronto and has recently spent two years touring internationally with the award winning Scottish group ‘The Paul McKenna Band’. This has included many international performances in Canada, The United States, England, Scotland, Germany as well as the Netherlands. Some of Shannon’s past performances have included being featured with Cirque Du Soleil and The Chieftains in Canada as well as being a featured soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Shannon has also performed at Walt Disney World’s ‘Epcot’ in the United Kingdom Pavilion, with popular group ‘Down with Webster’ at Massey Hall and at the ‘We Day’ concert in Halifax at the Metro Centre. She most recently completed a tour of Western Canada with renowned folk musician Lennie Gallant in early 2016. As a composer Shannon has written film music for many short films, as well as the score to CBC's 'Unknown Child' episode of the show 'Land and Sea'. She has released two solo albums entitled 'The Irwin Lake Sessions' and 'If All the Young Ladies'.