"Simply for the love of music"

* * * Feature Set Saturday Nov. 16:   Storm The Kettle * * *

Traditional Irish music with a twist.
Joe Kennedy, Kelly Blair, Beth Beech.

Joe Kennedy:  Uilleann pipes, Irish flute, whistle, vocals.

Joe grew up in a household where plenty of musicians came around to visit.  A close friend of his father was an instrument maker.  Joe was fascinated by his workshop and the instruments he built.  As a boy Joe took an interest in playing guitar, banjo, fiddle and tin whistle.  In the mid 90's he became interested in Irish music, and was introduced to and began to play the Irish pipes.  As a trained motorcycle mechanic with expertise in machinery and fabrication, he decided to try building a set of Uilleann pipes himself.  Since 2000 he has been a full time builder of Irish pipes.  He now has a waiting list and his instruments are in the hands of pipers all over the world.  Joe has also become a fine player of the pipes in his own right.

Beth Beech:  Fiddle, Piano, bodhran, vocals.

Beth plays traditional and folk music on fiddle, bodhran and piano.  She has an extensive classical piano background and through traditional Irish music, moved to the dark side later in life.  Beth is particularly keen on the sound of fiddle and pipes and so jumped at the chance to play with piper Joe Kennedy.  You can find Beth on piano for several Ceili dance bands and as a regular session player throughout Southwestern Ontario.  As Christmas approaches she plays with Saskia Tomkins, October Browne and Loretto Reid in the band NOLLAIG: a celebration of the season in song, story and tunes, kitchen party style.

Kelly Blair:  Guitar, mandolin, vocals.

Kelly spent/misspent his early musical years with a variety of bands in the grind of the Niagara region's notorious bar circuit.  Despite this sordid training ground and to the utter amazement of family and friends, he became an educator.  All through those years as a guitarist and songwriter, a deep love of acoustic music of all genres persisted.  A chance meeting with Joe Kennedy opened a door to the world of Trad Irish music and led Kelly to appreciate the starkly beautiful voice of the Irish pipes Joe played.  For the past few years, Kelly has focused his energies on subverting his blues licks and latent rock & roll tendencies in order to develop the skill set necessary to do justice to this music.  Slip Jig anyone?

All audio equipment and live sound mixing provided by Rob Sheele of Red Sonic Studios in Port Colborne.
Stage lighting provided by Jerry Dalcourt.

(The coffeehouse is non-profit, simply for the love of music.  All proceeds donated to charity.)