Links & Friends of RCC

Artist website of painter/printmaker Eva McCauley

Welcome to the home of Les Starkey on the web.  Here you can learn about Les, his love of the Bodhrán, and how those things can enhance your life in various ways. You can learn about Les’ love of the bodhrán itself, you can purchase a bodhrán, or a handcrafted tipper, made with great love.  You can learn about group lessons or private ones, or read about specific tips for playing.  Les has some good advice to players beginning to attend sessions as well. You can also learn how you could engage Les for a gig.

All of that, and more, available here.

The website of Riverside Celtic College instructor and award-winning bodhrán player Jacob McCauley. On this website you can learn more about Jacob, find info about upcoming concerts, workshops and recordings, book private / group lessons, workshops or concerts and discover more about the bodhrán itself. Be sure to check the news section for the most recent information about Jacob and his music. Also feel free to browse through the photo gallery and video area.

The Elora Centre for the Arts is located in a restored, three-story limestone school building in one of Ontario’s most picturesque villages. The Elora Centre for the Arts consists of 10 large classrooms converted to provide in total over 10,000 square feet of dedicated space plus additional service corridors and amenities. It is now considered a home where Art lives. The facility is envisioned as an enhancement to cultural life in the region through production and reception, and through the practice and presentations.

“Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.”                     –

Home of the Irish language television channel, TG4, which streams free online. A great way to listen to Gaeilge on a regular basis to keep your learning up. Whether you have a love for the GAA or dramas like Ros na Rún, TG4 will keep you so entertained you might forget you’re learning a language!

SNAP Guelph is a FREE monthly print publication specializing in a “non-political” friendly and entertaining photographic view of living in our community. We cover everything including: home, business, birthday and surprise parties; sporting events; business openings, sales and events; festivals & concerts; people on the street; parades; carnivals; and general daily life. We also include an upcoming events calendar, cartoons, jokes & quotes, recipes and horoscopes.

Everything you always wanted to know about fiddling but were afraid to ask.

Violin shop and violin school, Canada’s Fiddleheads provides expertise on matching players to the perfect instrument. They trust their exceptional personal service will earn your business.

Multi-instrumentalists Pat Simmonds and Kelly Hood front the ongoing Spraoí project that melds the best of the tradition with new influences and other cultures. In addition, the current band has the Derry keyboardist Declan O’Doherty on piano and button box. Declan is a noted producer and arranger. Greig Cairns is the guitarist, he was a long time on the West Coast but has been back in Ontario for a number of years. A recent addition to the band is Cape Breton fiddler Dan MacDonald. Dan comes from the very well known Ironville MacDonald’s who have their own outfit called Scumalash. Past players include Jim Fay who moved out to PEI and Steve Simmonds who is based in Melbourne, Australia. Other collaborateurs include Bill Kervin of New Brunswick, a particularly fine percussionist and singer and the man behind Tara Nova which featured the twin piping of Kelly and Debbie Quigley.

The main purpose of this site is to give some shape to folk & folk-oriented activity in this area and (of course) to share my love of folk music. Obviously I’m going to do my best to promote the superb performers I’ve gotten to know over the years. I might even indulge in a wee bit of shameless self-promotion, but I’ll try to keep it subtle, okay?

Events and venues in and around Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Paris and Brantford.

“No one embodies the spirit of Canadian music as does Anne Lederman— fiddler extraordinaire, singer of songs old and new, composer, improvisor and multi-instrumentalist, she revitalizes old traditions, embraces new ones, and creates music that brings it all together.”

The Bookery: wonderful celtic-inspired bookstore in downtown Fergus selling used & antique books as well as celtic-inspired items.  The Bookery is at 191 St. Andrew St. West, Fergus, and is a ticket outlet for RCC-sponsored concerts and other events. Opening Spring 2012: The Bookery’s new Palmerston location.