Archive for Celtic

SKERRYVORE

Friday, July 5, 2019 | 8:30pm

SKERRYVORE

$20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door *

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award, SKERRYVORE have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours to all corners of the globe.

SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

Formed in 2005, the band marked their 10th anniversary in 2015 with a ‘Decade’ concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban. The success of the Decade concert led to the creation of the band’s own annual festival, Oban Live that has now attracted over 10,000 attendees to enjoy international acts including KT Tunstall, We Banjo 3, Julie Fowlis and Capercaillie alongside SKERRYVORE.

2017 saw the release of the single Live Forever that provided the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotional campaign ‘Wild About Argyll’ and saw the single hit No.1 in the iTunes World Music chart. This was followed by the launch of the Live Forever Tour that has the band performing over 70 shows in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and the United States.

2018 brings the release of SKERRYVORE’s 6th studio album, ‘Evo,’ accompanied by a global tour that will include a headline performance at the legendary Tonder Festival, Denmark.

“Skerryvore have crafted a world beating fusion, which takes pride in their heritage and above all else is a pure joy to listen to.” – Folk Radio UK

A spectacular mix of traditional Scottish folk music and the most diverse rock elements.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung

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Let Me Clear My Throat

Friday, June 21, 2019 | 8:30PM

Let Me Clear My Throat
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

The first ever showcase of Canada’s hot new Celtic hip-hop musical.

The show features its creators, Michael Doyle and Adam Nagler, Finlaggan, and a roster of killer talents including Murray Foster (Great Big Sea, Moxy Fruvous); Mike Ford (Moxy Fruvous); Monique Barry, Mark Rainey, More or Les, and Nathan MacDonald.

A wild night showcasing the epic new Canadian hip-hop – Celtic musical in development about the radical life and premature death of Canada’s unknown poet-statesman-visionary, Thomas D’Arcy McGee.  From Ireland to America to the halls of the House of Commons, McGee’s incredible life was a tribute to the radical philosophy of getting along.

The second half of the night Finlaggan will hit the stage for an unforgettable set.

Finlaggan
Finlaggan is a group of seasoned Canadian Celtic musicians who have each been entertaining audiences across Canada and around the world. Together, they take audiences on a transatlantic odyssey of Celtic music, visiting the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton and uniting them though poignant original songs and lively traditional dance tunes. From the kitchen to the concert hall, Finlaggan is unforgettable.

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Andy Irvine

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 8:30pm

Andy Irvine
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote The Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.

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Allison Lupton

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:30pm

Allison Lupton
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Acclaimed Scottish musician Archie Fisher shared that “Allison Lupton’s balance of strong composition and sensitive musicality makes her a fine contemporary songwriter and interpreter of the tradition and the works of her fellow songsmiths.”

Her interest in music began in the rural Ontario community of West Zorra Township where she learned to sing harmony in the church choir. She got her start playing folk music with the band Killiecrankie which was regularly featured on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show. Allison has performed at various festivals and venues including Mariposa, Lunenburg, and CBC’s Vinyl Café. In 2008, Allison was honoured with a nomination in the “Traditional Singer of the Year” category by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Most recently, Allison’s song “One More Day” was the English overall winning song in the 2015 Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From the Heart competition.

Allison’s band is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including Tony McManus, Andrew Collins, Ivan Rosenberg, Joe Phillips and Shane Cook. Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin and acoustic bass.

Be sure to catch these euphoric arrangements live as Allison Lupton brings the entire band to Hugh’s Room Live this March. Tickets available right now.

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Enter The Haggis

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 8:30pm

Enter The Haggis
Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 *

For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipes and fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised by The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songs offer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everyday hard working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Signature songs like “One Last Drink”, “Gasoline”, “Down With The Ship” and “Lancaster Gate” have had hundreds of thousands of plays on social media, appeared in Hollywood movies, and have been performed and recorded by artists around the world.

Enter The Haggis is clearly comfortable on the stage and develops an easy rapport with audiences, sharing the stories behind their songs and laughing through tour anecdotes. The show is exciting and dynamic, featuring unpredictable and spontaneous moments. One song might feature drummer Bruce McCarthy taking a drum solo on Trevor Lewington’s guitar strings, while the next song breaks down into a fierce battle between fiddle and harmonica. Sometimes during an encore, the band will leave the stage entirely to perform acoustically standing on chairs in the audience.

Enter The Haggis’ commitment to putting on a great show every single night has made them a favorite at festivals and performing arts centers across the US and Canada. As a result, ETH shows have become an annual tradition on some of the most prestigious stages on the continent. The band has also brought hundreds of fans on eight tours of Ireland, forging deeper friendships with their supporters while exploring ancient landmarks and natural wonders across the country. The next trip is planned for October 11th–19th 2019.

Enter The Haggis has appeared on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “A&E’s Breakfast With The Arts”, and was the feature of an hour-long PBS concert special which aired for months on more than eighty affiliate stations across the US. The band’s legions of die-hard fans (the self-described “Haggis Heads“) have crowdfunded the last four ETH albums, and played a huge part in propelling the most recent full-length record to its debut at #9 on the national ”Billboard Heatseekers” chart. The group’s friendly, welcoming attitude is responsible for the close relationship it has with its supporters, and all five band members truly enjoy taking time after every show to meet with people one on one.

Enter The Haggis is currently trading off between touring and working on its tenth studio album in Toronto, set for release late 2018.

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Poor Angus

Poor Angus
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 8:30pm

Aligning ourselves with the spirit of Robbie Burns, it is with great enthusiasm that Hugh’s Room Live presents Poor Angus, the celtic powerhouse from Hamilton, Ontario.

Poor Angus is a Hamilton, Ontario based Progressive Celtic group. Mixing the music of past and present in exciting and dynamic presentations of traditional and original Scottish, Irish and East Coast pieces, this thoroughly contemporary Canadian ensemble endeavors to evade definition in their approach. Formed in 2005, this collection of musicians performs their music in a manner which appeals to both traditional purists, and modern audiences equally. Having shared the stage with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards, Matt Mayes, The Proclaimers, Bruce Guthro, Jeremy Fisher, and Nathan Rogers, they are equally at home on the big stage and in intimate pub settings.

Featuring the masterful highland and uilleann piping and tin whistles of Ross Griffiths and profound fiddling of virtuoso Andrew Bryan, this talented group has recently been joined by talented singer-songwriter Joel Guenther. The vocals, bodhran, guitar and mandolin playing of Brian LeBlanc and bass player DJ Moons completes the group. Poor Angus is noted specifically for impressive vocal harmony and this Celtic quintet always gets feet stomping and leaves audiences of all ages roaring for more. Having released their first album in 2007, which won the Hamilton Music Award for Folk/Traditional Album of the Year, this self-titled work has received airplay internationally. The second album, “Prime Cuts”, won the 2009 HMA for Folk/Traditional album of the Year as well. Poor Angus’ third album “Gathering” has been critically acclaimed, and the single “Something I Can’t See” resulted in Poor Angus finishing in the final 4 out of 3000 competing acts in the CBC Searchlight national competition for best band. “Gathering” is a reflection of the band’s musical evolution, featuring nods to the traditional in a more mainstream folk-indie style.

The combination of Scots, Irish and East Coast music styles in the Poor Angus performance bends every ear to diverse interpretations of Celtic music and ensures that one and all leave the show with a smile on their face and a song in their heart.