Kitchen Rackets is back for Celtic Colours

Friday October 5 through Friday October 12 in St. Peter's

Once again we are delighted to offer our Kitchen Rackets program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. In the past five years we've had the good fortune to meet hundreds of travelling musicians here for the incredible Celtic Colours concerts. Many have become regular participants in our late-night jam sessions, and at our day time music workshops. We look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones.

Late night jam sessions at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn.

Join us any night or all of them, Friday October 5 through Friday October 12, from 10 pm to 1 am at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, Grenville St., St. Peter's. Each night a local musical host will kick off the jam, all players, singers and dancers are welcome to join the circle. This is basically an accoustic jam session - electric basses and keyboards allowed. We also have a sound system and mikes for vocalists. Admission is free for participating musicians. $5 at the door; only $3 if you bring your ticket stub for that evening's concert. Restricted to patrons 19 yrs age and older.


Jam Session Hosts

Friday Oct. 5: Darren Carter & Friends

Saturday Oct. 6: Robert Boomer MacDonald and Ross Ferguson

Sunday Oct. 7: MacKayla MacNeil

Monday Oct. 8: Krysta MacKinnon & Jay Luddington

Tuesday Oct. 9: Hank Middleton & Friends

Wednesday Oct. 10: Diasporado Band

Thursday Oct. 11: Bill Quimby

Friday Oct. 12: Leona Burkey

Daytime Music Workshops with some of Cape Breton's finest instructors

Dwayne Côté Fiddle and Guitar Workshops


Advanced Fiddle Classes

Mon/Tues/Wed (Oct 8 - 10): 2 - 3 pm

Multi-award winning renowned fiddler Dwayne Côté offers this class to advanced fiddle players who wish to learn more difficult techniques and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes.

Beginner/Intermediate Fiddle Classes

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs (Oct 8 - 11): 1 - 2 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.

Celtic Guitar Chording Classes

Mon/Tues/Wed (Oct  8 - 10): 3 - 4 pm

Learn how to accompany Celtic musicians (fiddlers, etc.) on your guitar and utilize chording techniques.

All Dwayne's workshops are $35 per person per class. Register by email or phone Lisa at (902) 849-6400

JP Cormier Guitar Workshop


One session only:

Friday, October 12: 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 fingerstyle, and through the various genres of each style. History of the music and instrument will also be discussed.



$35 per person. Register for JP's workshop by email or phone Greg at (902) 535-3990.

Roger Stone Banjo Workshops


Two morning sessions

Wed/Thurs (Oct 10-11): 10:30 am - noon


On Wednesday, Roger introduces the history of the banjo, and introduces bluegrass techniques made popular by the late Earl Scruggs. The style is based on arpeggiated, or broken down chords, played with picks or fingers. This will be of great interest to beginner banjo players or those now playing finger style guitar. On Thursday, Roger will introduce Clawhammer style and basic frailing and drop thumb techniques. These are great for the person who wants to back up a song while performing. Students in both workshops will pick up a few basic tunes to continue practicing these new techniques at home.

$35 per person per class. Register for Roger's workshop by email or phone Greg at (902) 535-3990.

Paul Davis Beginner Tinwhistle Workshops


Two afternoon sessions

Mon Oct 8 & Wed Oct 10: 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, website, 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.


$15 per person per class. Register by email or phone Paul at (902) 227-5207

Johannes Sturm Luthier Workshop


One session only

Thurs Oct 11: 2 - 4 pm

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!

$20 per person. Register by email or phone Johannes at (902) 345-2883.

Square Dance Workshop with Roddie's Square Dancing Society


One session only

Monday Oct 8: 1:30 - 4 pm

Participants will be taught the four figfures of Roddie's Square Dance - three jigs and a reel. Join some of the regular dancers to learn this traditional St. Peter's and area set. Dancers at all levels from pure novice are welcome.


$7 per person. Register by email or call Shirley Landry at (902) 535-2093

Thanks to our sponsors for ongoing and generous support!