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Spring Group Lessons at OFC

Spring Group Lessons

We’re rolling out the group lessons for springtime! Starting March 2nd, we’ve got classes for students of all ages (even if you’re 91 years old, it’s never too late to start!). Stay tuned to our calendar as we add exciting new classes! Click here to download the Spring 2015 group lesson brochure.

Back to (Music) School!


Starting in September our School of Music will be overflowing with workshops, classes and music lessons for kids, teens and adults. We’ve got classes planned for guitar, banjo, ukulele, djembe, fiddle, bodhran, marimba, harmonica, performance and even a brand new OFC Youth Choir! Here’s a detailed description for each workshop: Kids, Youth and Teen Workshops: […]

Alistair Dennett

Alistair Dennett

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).

Karson McKeown

Karson McKeown

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.

Intro to Bodhran – Starts Thursday, April 17th

Intro to Bodhran

In this beginners class, we’ll learn the basics of playing the Bodhran. Martha will help you get pointed in the right direction with two of the most common bodhran rhythms: the reel and the jig. We will talk about the structure of the tunes and how to accompany them.

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Waltons Traditional Irish Bodhran Player’s Pack

Waltons traditional Irish bodhran players pack

This week’s edition of the Friday Featured E-Store Item is the Walton’s Traditional Irish Bodhran Player’s Pack. It includes a standard Walton’s bodhran, handcrafted from the finest woods, a tipper, gig bag and instructional DVD.

Waltons standard bodhrans are handcrafted from the finest woods, with heads made from real goatskin and is suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced players.

Join The Irish Jam Session This Sunday!

Irish Jam Session

This instrumental jam session will be tailored the speed to the abilities of the people who show up. Bring an instrument (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, whistle) and a tune you can start or play along with. Sunday March 16th, 1-3pm, $5

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Workshops at O’FC

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Workshops at O'FC

This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend (March 15th & 16th), we’re hosting a bunch of Irish themed workshops. On Saturday we’ll have classes for Bodhran, Fiddle, Penny Whistle and DADGAD Guitar, plus on Sunday we’re hosting an Irish Jam Session. Click here to sign up for these courses on our E-Store. Here’s a rundown on all […]

All Inclusive Instrument Packages Are Back!

Instrument packages

Packs are back at OFC! We’re offering a bunch of different All Inclusive Instrument Packages! Whether you’re a budding bodhran player, giddy for guitar, fond of the fiddle or yearning for the ukulele, we’ve got a pack just for you.

Folk Music Workshops Start Tonight!

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Do you know what it takes to make folk music? Folks (that’s you!), it’s that simple. This fall we’ve got some interesting workshops that encourage people to come together and learn a wide variety of traditional folk music styles.

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Featured E-Store Item

Featured E-Store Item: Ohana CK-90SC Concert Ukulele Ohana CK-90SC Concert Ukulele

The Ohana CK-90SC Concert Ukulele features a solid spruce & mahogany top, solid maple & rosewood back & sides, wood binding, abalone rosette and Aquila strings.


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  • Ottawa Folklore Centre
    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)

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  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm

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