Bringing the Songs, Music and Traditional Dance Steps of the Irish and Scottish Countrysides to Life
In Concert Performances and Community Programs
Ross Sutter (voice, guitar, bodhrán, button accordion) and Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bagpipes, voice) have performed together for many years as Ross & MacKenzie. Joined by fiddler/sean-nós dancer Danielle Enblom, they become Northern Gael, a powerful blast of traditional music and dance!
All members of Northern Gael have learned the arts of Irish and Scottish music and dance from noted tradition-bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and continue to build their skills, repertoire and collaborations.
In concert, Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. From lovely trio performances of beautiful ballads to vigorous sets of dance tunes and nimble steps, Northern Gael presents a lively, genuine and delightfully well-informed concert program.
In addition to concert performances, Northern Gael offers school programs, family programs and community workshops. School and family programs can include the teaching of Irish, Scottish and English traditional song games, as well as the demonstration of a fascinating array of instruments, music and steps. Workshops can include Playing the Irish Bodhrán, Learning Sean-nós (Old-style) Dance Steps, Learning the Tin Whistle, Irish Fiddle, Traditional Songs, and more.
A lifetime of passion for music and dance has brought each member ~ Ross, Laura, and Danielle ~ to an extraordinary level of expertise in their chosen fields. Of note:
Ross Sutter was honored in 2012 with a Sally Award (Sally Ordway Irvine), awards which “honor individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich our entire state with their commitment to the arts and arts education.”
Laura MacKenzie is a former Bush Fellow in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts and in 2012 was awarded a prestigious McKnight Performing Artists Fellowship.
Danielle Enblom was recently honored with a major post-graduate fellowship grant to research and teach traditional dance and dance history in County Cork, Ireland.
Booking Northern Gael:
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