*St. Patrick’s Day 2016
We’re thrilled to have our incredibly talented crew, The Townhouse Session players, coming in for a special Irish session at 8pm on St. Patty’s Day.
As you may know, we like to keep our celebration pretty traditional here – there will be no green beer! There will be chef Buckley’s Irish dinner specials, special prices on Irish whiskey, and great traditional Irish music. Banjos, flutes, fiddles, whistles, pipes, concertina, bhodran, guitars, and more – so come sing along and maybe even do a step or two… If you can’t join us on Thursday night, they also play every Sunday night from 6:30 here at The Townhouse, and are in the midst of producing a terrific album which will be sold as a fundraiser for the food bank – so stay tuned!
*We’re closed on Mondays for the time being!
We’re a little short staffed at the moment, and until we get some great new staff hired and trained up, we want to make sure the rest of the hard working gang don’t burn out! But we’ll be back to 7 days a week soon!
*The Townhouse will be closed over Easter, from Friday, March 25 to Monday, March 28! Sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment!
***Donald MacLennan “Belleville” solo album release concert, April 5, 9pm. Tickets available now – cash only, $15 in advance. 18$ at the door.
We’re thrilled to host a special gig celebrating the release of the debut solo album of our own local musical hero, Donald Maclennan! We’ve been fans of Donald’s since first hearing him play his blistering hot gypsy jazz violin sometime in the early 2000s and can’t wait to celebrate this fantastic record!
“Chaotic, crisp, and riding the line between genius and madness. Antigonish-based musician Donald MacLennan’s anticipated debut solo album, Belleville, is a brilliant weave of sonic textures and arrangements rooted in the style of the formidable French guitarist Django Reinhardt. A modern twist to the traditional gypsy jazz approach, MacLennan blends both manouche and jazz standards with original compositions, showcasing his arrangements and improvisation with a laissez-faire not often anticipated in a debut record. After a decade of working as both studio musician and sideman (Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, The Modern Grass, Tee Thomason, Jennah Barry, Michael Dalton) his take on what a gypsy jazz record should be is a refreshing reminder of what art and music can be, and he’s got a live show to prove it.” – on Belleville
*Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald – Scottish Border Pipes & Cape Breton Fiddle, April 19, 9pm, details TBA
Combining the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of the Cape Breton fiddle, Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, merging traditional influences from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This fresh, talented duo pairs driving dance-tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs. Their unique blend of lively dance-music transcends boundaries – equally at home at a traditional dance in Cape Breton, or on a late night festival stage.
“A Day at The Lake (debut album) brings the best of Scottish Border pipes and Cape Breton fiddle to the table for ten terrific tracks of old-school reels and jigs. [Miller and MacDonald] bridge the historical waters between old and new Scotland, connecting the Celtic dots…
Playful, poignant and passionate all at once, here’s hoping that Miller and MacDonald keep making beautiful music together.”
– Celtic Life International (NS, CAN)
Terry & I are off to jolly old Cambridge for a week to continue our (most painful) research into what truly makes a classic UK pub, the best approaches to excellent pub food – both traditional and unorthodox, and, of course, the real ale that inspires Terry’s tiny brewery. We’ll be posting photos and observations, but our most excellent staff will be keeping The Townhouse open and the food and beer flowing while we’re gone! So cheers to them! Thanks, guys – you’re the best!