KitchenRackets @ Celtic Colours 2015

Jam Sessions

This year we will present our popular late night jam sessions, after Celtic Colours concerts in our immediate area in and around St. Peter's.


Those evenings are Monday, Oct. 12 through Thursday, Oct. 15. Travelling music enthusiasts are welcome to join in a circle of local players, everyone else is invited to sit back and listen. Sessions get underway around 10:30 pm. Each session will be hosted by a local performer to kick things off.


Admission is $5, or just $2 with that evening's concert ticket stub. Free admission for participating players.


Please meet this year's jam hosts:

Monday  Hank Middleton & Friends

Tuesday Meagan Burke

Wednesday Leona Burkey

Thursday Diasporado Band


During those same weekdays we will also be presenting group workshops in fiddle, guitar, whistle, voice and dance with Dwayne Cote, Roger Stone, Jason MacDonald, Paul Davis, Leah Campbell and Roddie's Square Dance Society.


All Jams and Workshops take place at the very hospitable Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, in St. Peter's except for the Square Dance Session as noted below.


All events take place at Bras d'Or Lakes Inn, downstairs at Sessions Lounge and adjacent rooms – except for Roddie's Square Dance, which happens at the St. Peter's United Church Hall.


You can advance register for all of these workshops by email to secure your place. Also, you can show up and regiser on site if there is still space available. See email links for each instructor below.

Fiddle (and a guitar) Workshops with Dwayne Côté

These group workshops are $35 /person

Register in advance: Lisa White:


Fiddle from Scratch (for absolute beginners)

Monday Oct 12 and Thursday Oct 15: 10 - 11 am 


Beginner + Fiddle

Monday Oct 12 and Thursday Oct 15: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Advanced Fiddle

Monday Oct 12 and Thursday Oct 15: 11 - 2 pm


Celtic Guitar Chording

Monday Oct 12 and Thursday Oct 15: 2:30 - 3:30 pm


Guitar Workshops with Roger Stone

These group workshops are $35 /person.

Register in advance: Roger


Roger is one of Nova Scotia's busiest traditional songwriter/singer performers, a music teacher, and a native of St. Peter's. He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and just about anything with strings. In his first workshop Roger will help guitar players understand how to approach accompaniment with Cape Breton and Celtic tunes - tempo, progressions, some context, and standard tunes. In his second session he will lead an in-depth workshop into the distinctive accompaniment styles of the late and legendary Cape Breton guitar player Estwood Davidson. Roger promises two killer workshops for guitar-player musicians interested in Cape Breton roots music.


Celtic Guitar Accompaniment

Wednesday Oct 14: 11 am - 12 pm


Guitar Style of Estwood Davidson (Winston Scotty Fitgerald's guitarist)

Wednesday Oct 14: 1 - 2 pm

Tin Whistle Workshops with Paul Davis

These group workshops are $25 /person. Please bring a D whistle with you.

Register in advance: Paul:


Paul has been teaching these workshops with great success for almost 10 years now with KitchenRackets. He provides lots of take-home and on-line resources to help you keep practicing and improving your tinwhistle skills after you return home.


Intro to Tin Whistle

Monday Oct 12: 2:30 - 3:30 pm


Jigs and Reels

Tuesday Oct 13: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Guitar Workshop and a Kids' Jam with Jason Williams MacDonald

Group workshop $25 /person.

Register in advance: Jason:


Jason is one of St. Peter's favoured musical sons, and that is no mean feat around here with the incredible music talent. A natural Cape Breton performer, Jason will give you his insider's look at making Cape Breton music as a song writer and performer, and help you try it out yourself.


We are recruiting musicians under 19 yrs old to join Jason's Kids' Jam on Wed. afternoon. If you are a student please register through your school music teacher or email us at


Sing and Play Guitar like a Caper

Tuesday Oct 13: 2 - 3:30 pm


Kids' Jam Session (for people under 19)

Wednesday Oct 14: 2:30 - 4 pm. No charge for this event.

Dancer Workshops with Leah Campbell

Group workshops $20 /person

Register in advance:


Leah is a national champion and international performing dancer who loves to share her artistry and the spirit behind it with enthusiasts who want to try the steps themselves. If you love this culture, you will emjoy this session with one of Cape Breton's young culture-bearers.


Intro to Highland Dance

Tuesday Oct 13: 10:30 -11:30 am


Intro to Step Dance

Tuesday Oct 13: 12:30 -1:30 pm


Square Dance Session: Roddies Square Dance Society + local players

$10 /person

Register in advance: Reg Landry

This event is held at St. Peter's United Church Hall

Mon. October 12: 1:30 - 4 pm


Local dancers will introduce you to the steps, give you some practice, then you can join the local dance. Live musicians provide an incredible show for dancers and observers.Tea and refreshments are available.

Luthier Workshops with Johannes Sturm

Talk and demo by a master of the violin maker's craft. Bring any stringed instruments for evaluation, minor adjustments and tuning. $20 /person

Register in advance: Johannes


Wednesday Oct 14 & Thursday Oct 15: 10 am - 12 pm

Celtic knot pendant from repurposed fiddle string with sterling silver wire wrap and findings, by Encore Jewellery.

Artisans Show and Demonstrations

Featuring local area craftspersons and artists. Free admission.

Wednesday Oct 14: 1 - 3 pm


Please come out and enjoy a show and demonstrations by Chandler's Art (candles), White Turtle Pottery, Encore Jewellery (made from repurposed instrument strings) and others.