Pratie Oaten Irish Festival
On September 29, come to Moreston Heritage Village at Grey Roots to take part in the Pratie Oaten Irish Festival! The village will be full of delicious food, costumed interpreters, live music and entertainment.
Enjoy traditional Irish music from Jim, Ann and Dan McGee, Scatter the Cats, Anne Lederman and Peter Jellard, Fiddlefern Country Dancers and Glowan (see performer schedule for details)!
Grab a sample of pratie oaten in the Log Cabin or potato bread in the Farm House! You can also pick up lunch from Dejong Acres or the Kiwanis food truck and swing by the steam engine at noon for a steamed potato.
Pop into the Saw Mill to see it in action! Then, check out the Kids’ Area at the Orange Hall for a potato monster craft and rope making, fanning mill, and cross cut saw demonstrations. And don't miss the 4-H Club Potato Auction!
Musical Performance Schedule
11 a.m. - Fiddlers’ Welcome: Anne Lederman hosting with Jim McGee, Gem Quilley, Peter Jellard, Will Henry. Bob Robins accompanying on guitars.
12 p.m. - Anne Lederman with Peter Jellard: Songs and tunes with Irish roots and branches.
1 p.m. - Jim, Anne and Dan McGee: Traditional Irish dance music for ﬁddle, concertina, accordion and ﬂute.
2 p.m. - Glowan: Four Quilley siblings in concert.
3 p.m. - Scatter the Cats: Irish-inﬂuenced and original dance music and songs, the Grey County way.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. - Dan McGee with Arlo Quilley
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Glowan: an informal acoustic porch session with the Quilleys.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - Bob Robins, Frank Francalanza, Dan McGee
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 - Fiddlefern Session Players
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. - It’s the Irish in Us: Peter Jellard, host, with Anne Lederman, Jim McGee & Anne McGee.
11:45 to 12:30 - Squeeze Oﬀ: Anne McGee, Lynda Henry, Tuuli Quilley.
1 to 1:45 - Will and Lynda Henry on ﬁddle and concertina.
Meet our 2019 Musical Guests!
Fiddler/singer/composer Anne Lederman was raised in a musical family, starting piano at the age of 5, and guitar at 12. At 19 she took up the fiddle which soon became an all-consuming passion. A move to Vancouver, then in 1973 to Toronto, allowed her time with traditional fiddlers throughout Canada. Her passion has taken her across Canada and led to many albums.
In 1992, she founded WORLDS OF MUSIC TORONTO, a school devoted both to teaching of musical traditions throughout the world and to cross-cultural performance, while continuing to teach Music and Canadian Folklore at York University, raise two children, and compose and perform music for several theatrical productions in Toronto and Blyth, Ontario. She was also fiddler and musical consultant for the popular Road to Avonlea television series.
She continues to perform, create and teach, both throughout Canada and internationally.
Peter has been strumming, picking, fiddling or squeezing his way around the Canadian folk music scene for a long long time. While busking in the Paris Metro he became infatuated with Cajun music. This led to trips to Louisiana, the purchase of a button accordion and the formation of the Cajun Ramblers. He is also a founding member of the Canadian roots band the Grievous Angles. Currently he performs with local Cajun and Zydeco favourites Swamperella. Living in Toronto, helping run the Flying Cloud Folk Club, Peter has rubbed shoulders with some great Irish music players and is always happy to be on the right side of a bow in a session.
Fiddlefern Country Dancers is an Owen Sound non-profit group committed to the support and development of traditional dancers and musicians. To that end, the group hosts monthly (first Saturdays) contra dances, featuring live music and a caller to prompt the dances in the hall at St. George’s Anglican Church.
Fiddlefern also hosts weekly, open Irish and Celtic music sessions at the Harmony Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. Dancers and musicians of all abilities are welcome at those events, which, starting this September, will include a learning session for musicians wanting to explore Traditional music. Members of the Fiddlefern collective will be hosting an open trad music session at this year’s Pratie Oaten festival. For more information see the website fiddlefern.ca
Originally from the UK, the four Quilley siblings who perform as Glowan moved to Canada with their parents in 2012. Arlo is 15, playing pipes, whistles and piano, Gem, 13, plays fiddle, and twins Tuuli and Romy, both 9, play concertina, accordion and fiddle and step dance.
Stalwarts of Karen Reed’s fiddle orchestra in Kitchener, they play mainly Irish, Quebecois Northumbrian and Cape Breton trad music using a range of instruments including piano, uilleann pipes, whistles, fiddles and accordion. They also feature Ottawa valley step dancing which they learn from Chanda Leahy in Orangeville.
Glowan has recently played with Alison Lupton and Shane Cook, at ceilidhs in Cape Breton, the Chris Langan weekend in Toronto and youth festival stage at Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival in PEI.
Jim McGee was born in Mount Forest, Ontario and raised on a farm near Kenilworth. Jim’s brother, Dan and his dad, Joe, gave him a fiddle for the Christmas of 1974. Dan said, “I’ll give you ‘til you’re 40 to learn how to play this thing.”
Not long after that, Jim heard a recording of master Irish fiddler Kevin Burke and soon found himself drawn to playing Irish traditional dance music. Recordings, tapes and especially musicians from Ireland with whom he played with over the years in Toronto have influenced the music he plays. The fiddle and flute music of the Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon region of western Ireland has had a strong attraction for him. Jim played with the band Tip Splinter in the ‘80s and with The Inish Owen Ceili Band for the next 20 years or so. Jim and his wife Helen live in Scarborough. Their six children are grown; Jim and Helen have three grandchildren.
Anne McGee was born in Scarborough, second youngest of six children of Jim and Helen McGee. Anne grew up in a house where Irish traditional music was often heard. Anne picked up a B/C Honer “black dot” accordion someone had left at their house and by the time she was ten she had a few tunes. Anne remembers a family trip to Cape Breton in the summer of 2000 and a particular Otis Thomas tune, “Bell’s Waltz” as having a positive influence on her decision to pursue the music. In recent years, Anne has acquired a Frank Edgely concertina which she loves to play. Music played at home with her dad, Jim, her brother Pat and her sister Kate has had a formative influence. Family gatherings at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival over the years also allowed her to meet and play with Irish musicians. Anne now plays occasionally at trad Irish music sessions in Toronto. Anne and her dad and her sister Kate also play ceili dances in Toronto.
Longtime favourites at Pratie Oaten, this regional acoustic ensemble likes nothing better than jumping into the groove and offering up a big blast of tunes.
For almost three two decades, members of Scatter the Cats have been making traditional dance music together at barns and town and church hall dances, folk festivals, pubs, parties, plowing matches, weddings and other community celebrations around Grey and Bruce Counties.
Theirs is an eclectic mix of traditional and original dance tunes. The band’s music is influenced especially by Irish, Appalachian, and old Canadian fiddle repertoire, with original, contemporary dance tunes in the traditional style.
Frank Francalanza, of Owen Sound, is a multi-instrumentalist and percussionist, and a dance caller with a growing following among Ontario contra dance enthusiasts.
Fiddler Will Henry and Lynda Henry, concertina, both of Woodford, Dan McGee, of Durham, flute, clawhammer banjo and harmonica, and Bob Robins, of Francis Lake, guitars, mandolin, and tenor banjo, along with Francalanza, are all former members of the Glenelg Full Moon Country Dance Band, the influential Grey-Bruce dance music collective.
Don't miss this fun tribute to the early Irish settlers in Grey County!
Grey Roots admission rates apply. Free for Grey Roots Members only - reciprocal memberships not accepted on special event days.
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