Irish Music Night at Gaia Java Coffee Company

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Date(s) - Friday, November 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gaia Java Coffee Company


Here is a picture of Kevin Dooley, but actually he won’t be in the shop this Friday, even though he has been in several times over the past few weeks for some long chats about the plans for this next music night. Kevin was going to perform with his daughter Deirdre and their friend Susan Sweeney Hermon (harpist with Acacia Lyra, whom you heard a couple of months ago in the shop), but sadly he got called away at short notice to a family funeral in Ireland. Susan kindly put out a call to the Irish music community around Ottawa, encountering a tumultuous response of willingness to fill the space left by Kevin’s unforeseen absence.

So we do still have an event, and on a scale never before witnessed at Gaia Java, so the competition for seats may be even more vigorous than normal! In terms of musicians it seems we will have:

Dierdre Dooley,  percussion

Steve Renahan, vocals, mandolin, bodhran

Pat Donnelly, vocals, guitar, fiddle

Scott Donnelly, vocals, accordion, whistles

Brendan Ryan, vocals, mandolin

Jes Alexant, whistles

Aharon Zohar, accordion

Susan Sweeney Hermon, vocals, Celtic Harp, bodhran

We are anticipating around 8 musicians – a small orchestra! The evening will be an exciting exploration of many dimensions of Irish and Celtic traditional music – small ensembles or the massed forces, and plenty of opportunities for the audience to tap their toes and join in the singing.
Come along and experience the spirit of one of the richest traditions of folk music emanating from Europe, and meet some great local exponents of it. No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.

See more details at where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next couple of months – everything from University students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you. There are even some weeks where we will offer you 2 music nights in one week – such is the demand for space at this intimate venue!