Nova Scotia’s first and only “new trad” Celtic festival is back on Oct. 20 in downtown Dartmouth.
The third annual Re-Jigged: A Celebration of New Celtic Music & Dance will turn Ochterloney Street into a Celtic zone in Christ Church, First Baptist and Grace United church halls.
This year’s gala concert, 7 p.m., Christ Church Hall, showcases Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, MacCrimmon’s Revenge and Irish sean-nos step dance sensation Brian Cunningham from Connemara, Ireland. The Late-Night Ceilidh tops off the day.
Scott Macmillan leads the new Re-Jigged Celtic Music Ensemble, an intensive one-day creative journey where a group of musicians will create a new musical work or a new arrangement.
There are workshops in modern Celtic song writing and arranging, Celtic guitar for sessions, Cape Breton fiddle with Wendy MacIsaac, Gaelic song with Mary Jane Lamond, Irish flute, Celtic harp, Celtic percussion, uilleann (Irish) pipes, Scottish small pipes and border pipes and tin whistle, plus a special seminar in playing music for dancers.
There is an expanded dance program including workshops in Irish sean-nos dance with Brian Cunningham and Cape Breton step with Sabra MacGillivray.
There are morning and afternoon children’s Gaelic programs introducing children, five to 12, to the Scots Gaelic language through crafts, games, songs and stories.
Register and purchase your tickets online through the Re-Jigged website. Gala concert tickets are $25 each, with children under 12 free. Workshops are $30 and $25 for students.
Re-Jigged Festival is a production of The New Trad Society, a provincially incorporated non-profit society.