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An evening of music, song & dance with Reid, Elliott & Browne. With guest performers Leon & Rowena Taheny and champion Irish dancers.
Loretto Reid immigrated to Canada from County Sligo, Ireland in December 1988. She began playing music at the age of 5 years and later studied with traditional masters in her native country.
She is an active multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, music adjudicator & teacher. Some of the instruments that Loretto plays are tin whistles, Irish flute, concertina & button accordion.
Loretto has been awarded two JUNO nominations for her own musical works and has worked on many more Juno nominated/award winning projects over the years as a musician, producer, arranger for other artists.
She has built a solid reputation as a Roots/Traditional musician with a distinct style.
Kirk Elliott is a musician, arranger and composer. Performing and recording in Toronto, he has won Juno and Indie Awards and a Dora nomination, and has travelled throughout Canada and the United States for over 25 years performing with family entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram, appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Palace Theatre on Broadway.
Working in his recording studio with over 60 musical instruments, he has created and/or performed for CBC, CTV, YTV, the National Film Board, the National Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, the Toronto Consort and Oscar winning animated film director Chris Landreth.
Kirk performs frequently with Ensemble Polaris, for whom he composes and plays fiddle, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, Celtic harp, accordion, balalaika and an assortment of bagpipes. On his latest CD, Solstice Spirit, the Musical Visions of Sister Gildaherd the Benign, Kirk plays over 25 instruments, as he did on his previous recording, Widdershins – reinventing medieval and Renaissance music.
October Browne is a singer, composer and guitarist. She began her music career busking on the streets of London, England at the tender age of 11 with cymbals, tambourine, kazoo, harmonica and guitar. She went to New York in 1980 where she immersed herself in the Irish music scene. In 1991, she made Toronto her home.
Known for her superb Celtic finger-style guitar playing and heartfelt intimate vocals, she is highly regarded in both contemporary and traditional music. October has played with such notable musicians as Kirk Elliott, Loretto Reid, Anne Lederman, Ena O’Brien and Oliver Schroer. She has opened for John Renbourn and Fairport Convention and was a founding member of Morgaine Le Fay. She has performed around the world in various musical capacities that range from music director, band member, to accompanist and soloist. October received the CIUT “Lenny Breau Porcupine Award” for “Quetzal”, her CD of guitar instrumentals. As well, her solo guitar composition “Waterford Girls” was the opening track on the Borealis Records release “Six Strings North of the Border”. She plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, bodhran, fiddle and banjo and has 4 CD’s of her own.
Leon Taheny is an accomplished musician, playing professionally in studio and on stage. He has been playing percussion and guitar since an early age, and has been a part of many different projects throughout the years. Most recently, Taheny has spent time touring with acts Sebastien Grainger, and Dusted in which he played a combination of drums and keyboards, at the same time! Leon has taught Bodhran at the well-known Goderich Celtic College, as well as playing in a number of acts, most notably the Reid Taheny Band.
These days Leon has found himself spending most of his time in the studio. In the last 5 years he built, and owns two successful recording studios (Union Sound Company and Candle Recording) which have played host to such popular acts as Bruce Cockburn, Broken Social Scene and Tokyo Police Club. Taheny is a dynamic producer in his own right, working with a plethora of artists from Austra, to Owen Pallett, and most recently the Rural Alberta Advantage and Bruce Peninsula.
Rowena Taheny was born in Ireland and in 1988, emigrated to Canada with parents Loretto Reid and Brian Taheny and brother Leon, from County Sligo, Ireland.
Rowena is an accomplished vocalist and has also studied unaccompanied Irish old style (sean nos), singing in which she has won many awards. She has performed on numerous recordings. Some of to name are; Irish Roses-Women of Celtic Song, Celtic Dreams, Across the Celtic Moors, Irish Christmas…