Kitchen Rackets @ Celtic Colours 2013

All the info about our Celtic Colours Kitchen Rackets is on this page!

This is our 6th year offering a week long program during Celtic Colours in St. Peter's. Once again, we offer visiting players and Celtic music enthusiasts lots of hands-on and up-close experiences with Cape Breton musicians.


Nightly Jam Sessions

From Friday October 11 through Friday October 18, join us for a Kitchen Rackets Jam Session at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn. The sessions begin after the Celtic Colours concerts, and usually get underway by 10:15 pm. This is a great opportunity for visiting musicians to join in with our local players and singers.


Admission is $5 per person, or $2 with a ticket stub from that evening's concert. Admission for players and singers joining the jam is free. Open to 19 yrs and older only, please.


Each jam session is hosted by different players from St. Peter's and around the island. Our line-up this year includes musical hosts of all ages, featuring traditional and original Cape Breton music. Hosts will kick off their jam with a brief introductory performance and chat.


Kitchen Rackets Jam Hosts for Celtic Colours 2013

Fri. Oct. 11: Robert (SqueezyBob) Woodley and Tim LaBorie

Sat. Oct. 12: Leona Burkey with Allie Mombourquette, Rosie Bona & Jaidon Seymour 

Sun. Oct. 13: Myles Davidson with Ross Ferguson, Ed Madden & Janine Mombourquette

Mon. Oct. 14: Bernie Landry et amis

Tues. Oct. 15: Hank Middleton & family

Wed. Oct. 16: Diasporado Band with Fork & Spoon

Thurs. Oct. 17: Bill Quimby

Fri. Oct. 18: Laurenn Marchand


Weekday Workshops

From Monday October 14 through Friday October 18 we offer small group workshops with highly accomplished Cape Breton musicians at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, and a square dance workshop at the St. Peter's United Church Hall.

Workshop descriptions are listed below.


Please contact the individual workshop leaders for advance registration or more detailed information on each workshop. All contact info appears in the descriptions below.

Roddie's Square Dance Society

Square dance lesson and session

Monday: 1:30 - 4pm

Join a gang of our regular dancers for some traditional sets and steps. Energetic dance tunes by live local players with an experienced caller. Come at 1:30 to learn the steps or get a refresher - then stay on for the dance. Novices welcome. Observers welcome. $10 at the door For more info please email Reg Landry at  or call (902) 535-2903.

Dwayne Côté

Fiddle from Scratch

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am - 12 pm

Did you ever dream you could play the fiddle? This course offers an introduction to folks who have never played one before. It will focus on holding the instrument, bowing and basic finger patterns. Fiddles will be provided but please bring one if you have it.


Beginner/Intermediate Celtic Fiddle

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12:30 - 1:30 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.


Advanced Celtic Fiddle

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 2 - 3 pm

An opportunity to learn some of the more difficult techniques, and sets of Cape Breton Fiddle tunes – with a true master of the artform.


Celtic Guitar Chording

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 3 - 4 pm

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


Dwayne's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info:


Roger Stone

Scruggs and Clawhammer Banjo

Wed: 1 - 2 pm

This course will look at Scruggs or “Bluegrass”’ Banjo, as well as the mountain or Clawhammer style. Participants will learn methods of playing as well as proper set up and care of the instrument. This course will benefit novice to advanced players.


Singing 101

Wed: 3-4 pm

This workshop will provide insights and instruction into proper breathing and vocal techniques, an intro to reading music, including intervals, scales and harmony. Learn how to hear yourself sing! This workshop will benefit new singers, as well as veterans looking for a refresher, or some new practice techniques.


Roger's classes are $35 each. Register in advance, or get more info from Roger directly by email at:


Paul Davis

Beginner Tin Whistle

Mon and/or Wed: 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, websites, 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.


Paul's classes are $15 each. Register in advance, or get more info:



Johannes Sturm

Luthier's workshop

Tuesday: 2 - 4 pm

Local 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. The workshop will be of interest to all stringed instrument owners and players. Bring your instrument!


This class is $20 per person. Please contact Johannes directly for further information or to reserve your seat:



J.P. Cormier

Guitar Workshop

Friday: 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.


This class is $35 per person. Contact Greg Silver to reserve your seat:

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