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24 Workshops at Re-Jigged '16! 

RE-JIGGED is all about learning, sharing and exploring new directions in traditional Celtic music and dance. From beginner through to advanced levels, our welcoming workshops are designed to help you learn new techniques, discover new connections and find your own unique musical style.

Our dance and music workshops run all day Saturday, October 22, with Master classes on Sunday, October 23.

You'll find everything you need in our new "Celtic Zone" - two venues within minutes of each other on Ocherloney Street in downtown Dartmouth: Christ Church Hall (corner of Ochterloney and Dundas Streets) and First Baptist Church (corner of Ochterloney and Wentworth Streets).
  • Workshops are open to adults and children aged 11 years and up.
  • No prior experience necessary for beginner-level classes.
  • For music classes, bring your own instruments, as none will be provided.
  • For step dance classes, bring shoes with smooth leather, hard-soled soles.
  • Recording devices are permitted and encouraged; as a courtesy, however, always checkwith your instructor first.

 

* Important  Registration  Information *

All workshop participants are asked to check in first at Christ Church Hall (corner of Ochterloney and Dundas Streets). From here, we'll direct you to your workshop venue.

Registration desk opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please try to arrive one-half hour before your class starts. 

Can't decide between workshops? Take 'em both! Take a third, if you want. Re-Jigged's workshop packages for adults and students make it simple...and affordable.


What do we mean by "Levels of Experience" for Re-Jigged Workshops & Seminars?

We have divided our workshops into 5 different levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, & Open. Listed with each workshop & seminar description is a recommended level of experience for participants in a course. Our 5 levels are: 

1. BEGINNER (an absolute biginner with no previous experience)

2. NOVICE  (some basic experience)

3. INTERMEDIATE  (several years of experience)

4. ADVANCED (a high level of ability with many years of experience)

5. OPEN  (all levels of experience welcome - i.e. no prior experience required to attend class or seminar)

Questions about the workshops? Just ask. We're at info@rejiggedfestival.com.

   

THE SESSION ROOM

RE-JIGGED's session room is back - our own dedicated space for those who want to play a few tunes with other participants or simply practice a bit.
The “session” is a primary component of Celtic music around the globe. If you’ve never
experienced one before, this is a great way to begin. Show up a bit early, stay a bit later after
your class or rehearse what you’ve just learned from your instructor. Our sessions are informal
and relaxed, so join in!
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Level: Open; All levels of experience and all instruments (& singers) welcome
Cost: FREE to anyone enrolled in a Re-Jigged workshop
Place: Christ Church Hall Basement - Room 8
Time: Noon -5 p.m., Saturday, October 22
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YOUTH MUSIC SESSION

Hosted by Shannon Quinn

Level: Open; All levels of experience and all instruments welcome
Cost: FREE 
Place: Christ Church Hall, Room 7
Time: Noon -1 p.m., Saturday, October 22
Shannon Quinn makes her debut at this year's Re-Jigged, and indeed in dowtown Dartmouth. She has just opened her new music school on Ochterloney Street -"The Lydian School of Music"- within our Re-Jigged Celtic Zone, so we could't resist teaming up with her this year!Members of the "Lydian School Ceili Band" will participate in this noon-time event. The circle will be open to any young students for this hour-long open music session. All instuments and styles are welcome. Be sure to bring your instruments and sheet music is welcome. Come and go as you please in this relaxed event.

OUR CHILDREN'S GAELIC PROGRAM

Fàilte oirbh! While you are taking a morning or afternoon workshop, we'll introduce your child to the Gaelic language and culture - the heart of Nova Scotia's Celtic music tradition. Gaelic, a Celtic language closely related to Irish, has been spoken natively in Nova Scotia since the 18th century and continues to be spoken today both here and in Scotland.

Instructor Beth Anne MacEachen, who teaches Gaelic at Citadel High, will lead children through two and one-half hours of kid-friendly activities, including games, songs, crafts, and stories, all through the medium of Gaelic! Activities will focus on the theme of Hallowe'en, which was originally an ancient Celtic festival! Special language immersion teaching methods will be used so that every child can understand, learn, and enjoy. A peanut-free snack will be served.

Please note: Pre-registration is required.  

Ages:  5-12

Time:  Choose from one of two half-day sessions:  9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  OR 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Place: First Baptist Church Hall - Room 35 

Instructor:  Beth Anne MacEachen

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DANCE  PROGRAM

 

 

:: Sean-Nos Step (Old-style Irish)

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Time:  9:30 am - 11:00 am
Place: First Baptist Church Hall - Sanctuary Extension
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Liam Scanlon, West Mayo, Ireland

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:: Quebecois Step Dance

Level: Novice/Intermediate
Time: 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Place: First Baptist Church Hall - Sanctuary Extension
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Members of ZOGMA Danse

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:: Come to the Ceili

Give yourself a leg up! Learn the basics of traditional social dance - square set, Irish ceili and two-hand - in this fun and easy one-hour tutorial. And later that evening, show off what you've learned at the Re-Jigged Ceilidh, following the Gala Concert.

Level: All levels
Time:  12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place:  First Baptist Church Hall - Sanctuary Extension
Price:  $12 adults/$10 students

Instructor:  Elizabeth MacDonald

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"Come to the Ceili" is proudly sponsored by

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax

 

  

:: Cape Breton Step *NEW*

Due to unforeseen, last-minute circumstances, we've had to cancel Trading Steps this year. But good news, dancers! Sabra MacGillivray has agreed to offer a Cape Breton Step class in its place.! Same place, same price...and a chance to learn from the best!

Level: All levels
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: First Baptist Church Hall - Sanctuary Extension
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructors: Sabra MacGillivray 

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"Trading Steps" is proudly sponsored by

Hiltz Shoe Repair

 

 

:: Sean-Nos Step MASTER CLASS

Level: Experienced
Time:  10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Sunday, October 23 
Place: Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford Street, Halifax (2nd floor, Bayers Road entrance)
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Liam Scanlon, West Mayo, Ireland

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MUSIC PROGRAM

:: Bodhran

 

Style:  All styles of playing (Kerry, Irish, Scottish) welcome
Time:  9:00  - 11:30 a.m.
Length: 2.5 hrs
Place:  Room 7, Christ Church Hall, Basement
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students
Instructor:   Mark Currie, Halifax

This is the perfect workshop for someone with some experience, but wanting to learn more on the bodhran. This workshop will be packed with interesting and useful information. A focus on the most common rhythms: the reel and the jig. You will also be able to see Mark Currie play bodhran & bones at our intimate session circle on Friday night. 

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Our bodrhan workshop is proudly sponsored by

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax

 

 

 

 

:: Didgeridoo

An hour-long overview on this traditional Australian instrument, and how it fits into the world of Celtic music

Level:  All levels welcome
Time:   12noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Christ Church Hall, Room 6
Price:  $12.00 adults/$10 students

  Length: 1hr

Instructor:  Mark Currie, Halifax

Believe it or not, this is not our first, but the second time offering a course on the didgeridoo at our Celtic festival! Why? Because, both the droning and rythmic qualities of the instrument do fit well with Celtic music traditions. And there is no one more capable of demonstrating this then Mark Currie. Join him for a 1-hr demonstration & workshop on the didgeridoo.
Players with all level of experince, and types of didgeridoos are welcome, including those who are just interested to know more about this unique instrument.

 

 

 

:: Fiddle: Irish-style

Level:  Novice-Intermediate
Time:  9:00am - 11:30 a.m.
Length: 2.5 hrs
Place: Christ Church Hall, Room 6
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students
Instructor:  Reneé Doucet, Halifax

Renee 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.

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Our Irish fiddle workshop is proudly sponsored by

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax

 

 

:: Composing Tunes   

Level:  Novice/advanced
Time:  1:30 - 4 p.m..
Length: 2.5 hrs
 Place: First Baptist Church
Price: $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Scott Macmillan, Halifax

Ever wonder how you would go about composing your own tunes? Or, maybe you've tried but were not happy wityh results. Learn or improve the art of writing your own piece of music with one of Canada's top composers (both in the Classic/Symphonic & Celtic worlds). This BRAND NEW Class at Re-Jigged #7, presented bt Scott MacMillan is designed for you. Open to players of : mandolin, guitar, fiddle, whistles, flute, harp, piano, banjo, concertina, bagpipes.

This fun and unique class is designed for all tune players of all styles and instruments. Contact us if you have any questions. 

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:: Piano: Cape Breton-style 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  9:00 am - 11:30 a.m.
Length: 2.5hrs
Place:  Christ Church Hall, Room 8
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students
Instructor: Wendy MacIsaac



:: Fiddle: Cape Breton-style

Level:   Intermediate
Time:   1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Length:  2.5hrs
Place:  First Baptist Church, Room 30
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students
Instructor: Troy MacGillivray

 

 

:: Fiddle: Qubecois-style

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Length: 2.5hrs
Place:  First Baptist Church, Room 30
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students
Instructor:   Marie-Pierre Lecault, Quebec

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to learn from one of Quebec's finest trad fiddlers! Violinist and fiddler, Marie-Pierre Lecault embodies the passion for traditional music with both feet and bow. Active on the Quebec and international music scene, her background blends both classical training coupled with the world of traditional music. This class will focus on the styles from Quebec, but players from all traditions are welcome to attend.
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A versatile and energetic musician, she has travelled the world for the past dozen years, accompanying several groups and artists all over the world, including Adam Cohen, Édith Butler, Zogma, DylanPerron and Elixir Gumbo. Between the tours, trad music sessions,teaching, studio sessions and composition, Marie- brings her immense talent to Quebec trad supergroup, Bon Debarras.

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Our Quebecois fiddle workshop is proudly sponsored by:

 

 

:: Celtic Harp: Irish-style

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  9:00 am - 10:30 a.m.
Length: 1.5hrs
Place: Christ Church Hall, Room 2
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Alisha McMahon, Co Clare, Ireland

A great opportunity to learn from one of Ireland's finest young harp players.

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. 

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Our Irish harp workshop is proudly sponsored by:

 

 

:: Wooden Flute: Irish-style

Level: Novice/Intemediate
Time:  9:00am  - 11:30 a.m.
Length:  2.5hrs
Place: First Baptist Church, Room 33
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Erin Dempsey, Herring Cove

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.

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Our Irish flute workshop is proudly sponsored by

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax


 

 

:: Celtic DADGAD Guitar for Tunes & Songs

LevelIntermediate
Style:  A focus on Irish & Cape Breton styles, but other Celtic styles are welcome
Time:  1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Length:  2.5hrs
Place:  First Baptist Church, Room 31
 Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Seph Peters, Cape Breton

Seph has been with Re-Jigged right from the beginning, and its easy to see why his classes have been so popular. He is one of the most talened young Celtic guitar players in Canada, and we are always glad when he is able to take time out of his busy touring schedule for Re-Jigged.

This hands-on class will be taught with a focus on Irish and Cape Breton styles, but players of all other Celtic styles are welcome as well. There will be lots of playing in this class, learning rhythmic playing for tunes, with a focus on session playing and chords. DADGAD guitar tuning is often used in the accompaniment of Irish tunes and songs. Seph will focus on basic chords and DADGAD technique, with the emphasis on learning by ear. Capos are a bonus; if you own one, please bring it! This class in not an absolute beginner class; some level of familiarity with guitar playing is required.

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:: Whistles

(Tin Whistle, Penny Whistle, Low Whistle)

Level:  Novice/Intermediate
Style:   Irishand other styles
Time:   1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Length: 2.5 hrs
Place:  Christ Church Hall, Room 2
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Erin Dempsey, Herring Cove

Of the Irish traditional instruments, tin whistle is probably the easiest to pick up and play. Yet it’s one of the most difficult of instruments to play well. Join Erin Dempsey, long time traditional musician and teacher, to learn a couple of lovely tunes, and for some tips and tricks on how to make your whistle playing beautiful. This course will focus on Irish style of playing, but payers of all styles are welcome. Bring you notebooks, and whistles (preferably in the key of "D"). Low whistles are also welcome. (Tin Whistle, Penny Whistle, Low Whistle, Irish Whistle) Some experience is required for this course.

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Our whistle workshop is proudly sponsored by

The Charitable Irish Society of Halifax

 

 


:: Mandolin

Level:  Intermediate
Style:  Various styles welcome
Time:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Length:  2.5hrs
Place:  First Baptist Church, Room 32
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Andy Webster, Scotland/ Nova Scotia

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:: Modern Celtic Songs

A re-boot of Andy Webster's popular "Modern Celtic Tunes" class. 

Time:  1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Levels:  Novice - Advanced
Length: 2.5 hrs
Place:  First Baptist Church,  Room 32
Price:   $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:   Andy Webster, Scotland/ Nova Scotia

This year, Modern Celtic Songs will involve giving full and complete do-overs to songs that have been "done to death" over the years. By the end of the session, expect to have learned how to use a multitude of different methods such as chord substitution, rhythmic variations and harmony to transform something old into something new again. You should leave with a much greater knowledge and understanding of how to execute the craft of arrangement - a skill which will make your music infinitely more enjoyable for yourself and your listeners. This workshop is suitable for both solo artists and members of bands alike. While intended primarily for intermediate - advanced students, a novice would also draw inspiration from Andy's workshop.

Learn how to make your song arrangements grab your listeners' attention from start to finish. Andy Webster will take you on an in-depth ride into the world of dynamics, chord substitution, hooks, riffs, variations and all number of instrumental techniques. By the end of the journey, expect to leave with a much bigger bag of ideas for arranging your next song or album and have a greater understanding of how to execute the craft of arrangement. This workshop is suitable for both solo artists and members of bands alike. While intended primarily for intermediate - advanced students, a novice would also draw inspiration from Andy's workshop.

This fun & unique class is designed for string players (guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, bazouki), piano, and singers. Contact us if you have any questions.

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LANGUAGE  &  SONG

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:: The Re-Jigged Chorale 

Love to sing? Always wanted to try? Here's your chance! Join You Gotta Sing's Vanessa Lindsay-Botten as she takes you through an easy-to-learn repertoire of Scots and Irish traditional tunes im English and Gaelic. No experience needed and no audition required. This choir's for everyone, so come out and sing!

Level: All levels welcome
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Length:  2.5hrs
Place: Christ Church Hall - Basement
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor: Vanessa Lindsay-Botten

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:: Irish & Scots Gaelic: A Language & Song Workshop

Level: All levels
Time:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Length:  2.5 hrs
Place: First Baptist Church, Room 31
Price:  $30 adults/$25 students

Instructor:  Lewis MacKinnon, Inverness, Cape Breton

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.

Through song, language and history, learn a bit about Gaels from Ireland and Scotland who established communities and influenced Nova Scotia’s diverse cultural expression.

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