A gifted musician with a wide array of artistic and creative talents, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, conductor, organist and musical impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church in Ottawa, as well as the Artistic Director of the popular Doors Open For Music at Southminster (DOFMS) weekly noon hour […]
At only 6 years of age, Ellen Daly first picked up the fiddle after seeing a Riverdance performance and begging her parents to let her take lessons. 15 years later, Ellen has traveled, performed, and participated in numerous fiddle competitions in Canada, the US and Ireland, and has won prestigious trophies. She was the Canadian Open Old Time Junior Fiddle Champion in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010 , she is a five-time Vankleek Hill Fiddle Champion, she came fourth at the 2010 Pembroke 18 & Under Fiddle Championship, and she was the Under 16 Eastern North American Irish Fiddle Champion in 2008.
Deborah holds a Masters of Music Therapy and a Bachelors of Music Therapy Degree and has studied piano extensively through the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. She taught previously in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a particular focus on improvisation.
Alistair began playing the drum kit with his friends in high school, the core of which went on to form the award winning Canadian country band Prairie Oyster (his mom is credited with naming the band). Currently he plays with various artists in the Ottawa area including Sneezy Waters, Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles), Ball and Chain and Pat Moore. He learned to play the bodhran during his tenure in Winnipeg and played with several well known bands including Skruj McDuhk and The Duhks. Alistair also designed and built tunable bodhrans as well as inventing a single key tunable system that was used by one of the best known drum builders in Ireland. He plays in both the traditional and ‘top-end’ styles. He is currently working with master tipper maker Jim Hunter on his own style of cipin (or stick).
Zvondai Muchenje is a percussionis specializing in southern African drumming and Zimbabwean-style marimba music. The music is known for its interlocking rhythms and melodic lines that are associated with the joyful, uplifting musical style from the Shona speaking people of Zimbabwe.
Karson McKeownKarson is a well rounded fiddler and violinist. He began studying fiddle music at age 10 and later started classical violin at Canterbury High School. Canterbury led him to further study music at a post secondary level. Karson Graduated from Charlottetown’s Holland College Music Performance program in 2014. It was here that he studied many genres of music including jazz, latin, blues, country, rock and celtic.
Dylan has been playing guitar since his early teens. At the age of 13 he started teaching workshops to young guitar players after school and on weekends. In his teen years he played lead guitar in a metal band and perfected his shredding skills. That band produced 2 albums and played regularly at Ottawa venues like Café Dekuf, Mavericks and Babylon.
After graduation Dylan decided to put school on hold and dedicate his time to perfecting his music skills. He now studies & plays Gypsy Jazz and Finger Style Acoustic guitar, influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Reed, Django Reienhardt, Frank Vignola. He also enjoys all forms of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and Jazz.
Dylan offers patient instruction, encouragement and support for students, whatever their level. Students will appreciate the practical knowledge that he brings to music instruction through his own learning and playing experiences.
Al Wood is a multi-talented performer and songwriter with a deep reverence for the blues and traditionally based roots music. Wood’s heart-on-the-sleeve vocals, harmonica-playing and guitar work make for adventurous live shows and recordings with his band Al Wood and the Woodsmen and various projects. Make no mistake, harmonica is Al’s first love – and he was practically born with one in his hand – learning classic country numbers and other melodic standards from his father in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from age five onward.
Al has been playing professionally and performing for over twenty five years in countless contexts wherever the demand may dictate. Harmonica-wise Wood is a player who specializes in the Chicago tradition with a unique personal flavour developed through incorporating such unconventional influences and styles of hardcore real country, melodic jazz and funk-oriented material. This approach enables Wood to garner sideman gigs in addition to his own thing. Al is a fixture on the bar and festival circuit – and his recorded original songs gain extensive radio airplay on CBC, DAWG FM etc. Al fell in love with the blues back in the mid-80s as a teenager and decide to make it a major pursuit! Hands-on interaction like this only feeds that more!
Anna’s talent has taken her beyond Nova Scotia’s rich music scene, to share stages with the likes of The Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Don Ross, and Ron Hynes. Endless offers to play private & corporate functions and to collaborate with other musicians in shows & recordings speak to her versatility as a performer.
Matt Aston B. MUS, a native of Ottawa, has been an active performer since 1996 and a teacher for over ten years. As well as the in-depth musical education Aston received while studying performance at Carleton University, Matt has actively sought out a wide range of styles and approaches to the drum set. This search has lead to further study with world-class teachers in Toronto and New York City.