Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Looks Like Another Super Line Up for the 6th Year of The Kitchen Rackets Connection With the Celtic Colours International Music Festival

Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013

This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.

Nightly Jam Sessions
From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. Sessions begin after the Celtic Colours Concerts, and usually get underway at or after 10:15 pm. Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players

Weekday Workshops
From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians all at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. Details as follows. Please contact the individual teachers for advance registration or more information:

Dwayne Côté - instructor
Fiddle from Scratch
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm
Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played on before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.

Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Further your Celtic fiddle skills. This class is tailored for beginner to intermediate players and will focus on Cape Breton fiddle techniques and tunes.

Advanced Celtic Fiddle
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm
An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the art form.
Celtic Guitar Chording
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm
Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.
Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:

Roger Stone - instructor

Singing 101
Wednesday: 3 - 4 pm
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roger Stone presents a workshop that will benefit singers of all ages. Roger’s fresh approach to the basics covers proper breathing and vocal techniques, listening to your own voice, and an intro to reading music including intervals, scales and harmony.
Intro to Scruggs-style and Clawhammer Banjo
Wednesday: 1 - 2 pm
Roger Stone will introduce the two most common modes of banjo for beginners: the Scruggs (or Bluegrasss); and the Mountain (or Clawhammer) style. Students will learn methods of paying as well as proper set-up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.
Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:

Paul Davis - instructor

Beginner Tin Whistle
Mon and/or Wed: 2 - 3 pm
Paul Davis instructs this workshop that includes an introduction and brief history, basic scales, and music suitable for whistles. Paul will provide a list of relevant resources, websites, etc. and will give participants a CD of demo tunes at regular speed and slowed down to an easy pace. Maximum 15 participants, so be sure to book your spot.
Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info:

Johannes Sturm - instructor
Luthier's workshop

Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm
Local professional luthier Johannes Sturm will tailor this workshop based on participants’ interests, discussing violin making and repair; and maintenance including evaluation and minor adjustments to most stringed instruments. Bring your instrument!

This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat:

 J.P. Cormier - instructor
Guitar Workshop
Friday: 2 - 3:30 pm
A 90 minute journey through the musical mind and repertoire of J.P. Cormier. The
maestro will discuss, demonstrate and perform from all styles of guitar, including flat
picking and finger style, and through the various genres of each style. History of the
music and instrument will also be discussed.

This class is $35 per person. Contact JP directly for further information or to reserve your seat:
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