Canadian Club

Trad banjo players in the great white north - making connections and sharing insights, eh?

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Latest Activity: Apr 2

Some Canadian Gems

ITB's Canuck Membership:

BC-4; AB-1; MB-2; ON-15; QC-2; NS-4; NB-1; NL-2; and Province Not Noted-22

Canuck ITM Sessions:

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Canuck Festivals:                                   (please advise of others)

- Celtic Festival, Vancouver, BC - 5 days in mid-March

- Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Goderich, ON - 3 days in early August

- Ottawa Irish Festival, Ottawa, ON - 10 days in mid-March

- Almonte Celtfest, Almonte, ON - 3 days in early July

- Russel Celticfest, Russell, ON - 1 day in mid June

- Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, ON - 2 days in early August

- Celtic Colours Int'l Festival, Cape Breton Island, NS - 1 week in early October

- Canada's Irish Festival, Miramichi, NB - 4 days in mid-July

Canuck Tenor Banjo Makers:               (please advise of others)

- Jason Romero, Horsefly, BC

- Jordan & Rob McConnell, Winnipeg, MB

- Hugh Hunter, Rockwood, ON

- Luke Mercier, Spring Brook, ON

- Carl Arcand, Ulverton, QC

Canuck Folk/Banjo Stores:                  (please advise of others)

- FolkWay Music, Waterloo & Guelph, ON (retail)

Long & McQuade, locations country-wide (wholesale/retail)

- Ottawa Folklore Centre, Ottawa, ON (retail)

Rickard Banjos, Aurora, ON (wholesale)

- The Twelfth Fret, Toronto, ON (retail)

Discussion Forum

Best teachers

Started by j. Last reply by j Oct 24, 2013. 5 Replies

Jack here in Thunder Bay. Goderich has had Brian Taheny for several years and I have learned much with him. He is stellar in the area of trad Irish settings and can excel in mando and guitar.Angela…Continue

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Comment by robertmacneil on April 2, 2014 at 8:20pm

Welcome to the Canadian Club Kenny!  What province are you in?

Comment by chip yarwood on January 2, 2014 at 2:47pm

Happy New Year CC all the best in  2014 for  all the CC pickers

Comment by Bruce Barton on January 2, 2014 at 1:39pm

And the same to you!  I hope 2014 turns out to be a safe and properous year for all.

Comment by robertmacneil on January 2, 2014 at 4:34am

Happy new year all!

Comment by robertmacneil on November 7, 2013 at 4:23am

Wow - sounds like a good time all around.  Kudos to you.  I can only imagine how great it must have been.

Comment by Bruce Barton on November 4, 2013 at 6:15pm

Awesome!!  I really enjoyed the tenor banjo course -- Kieran is a great trad player, excellent teacher, and very knowledgeable of the music's roots and history (now I have a lot of homework!). The other "enrichment" courses were also very good (I took an advanced mandolin session with Marla Fibish) and the evening instructor concerts were outstanding. A lot packed into three days!! Overall, highly recommended.

Comment by robertmacneil on November 2, 2013 at 1:10am

So how was the retreat Bruce?

Comment by Bruce Barton on October 23, 2013 at 1:29pm

Kind words, Richard -- thanks!!  I'll post something when I get back from O'Flahertys.

Comment by Richard Welsman on October 23, 2013 at 1:14pm

I was at Goderich in 2012 (and when possible I will be there again). Brian Taheny was "our" TB instructor and was excellent. I say "our" because there were only a couple of us in the class! The best part was that Bruce Barton sat in on the workshop a couple of days. For a player like myself with limited skill and knowledge it was great to listen to a skilled player like Bruce discussing technique with Brian. 

I would second what Ron Scott has to say about the other classes, like "Irish Ensemble". I played "second banjo" to Ron i.e. tried to get a few notes in here or there :). I am glad you were there to carry the tune Ron! I think I can actually play those tunes now.

Comment by Ron Scott on October 23, 2013 at 4:06am

Hello and welcome to the Cdn Club, Jack. Yes, Brian Taheny is a skilled player and good teacher at Goderich.  Other teachers depend on the lineup of performers each year.  Several years ago I had Jackie Moran (then of Bua) as a teacher.  The other classes where I've really enjoyed playing banjo are the "Irish Ensemble" and the "Repertoire" class.  These both have a great mix of various instruments.  At the 2010 Goderich Celtic College "Repertoire" class, I was able to sit and play tunes with Paddy Keenan and Brian Taheny for a couple of hours every day!  Very cool!


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Discussion Forum

Best teachers

Started by j. Last reply by j Oct 24, 2013. 5 Replies

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