The O’Schraves’ Upcoming Gigs
THE O’SCHRAVES are heading down the road to see if we can find some spring….there certainly isn’t any here on the old farm! We are playing at the Strawhouse Gallery in McKellar near Parry Sound on May 9th, then we’ll be pumpin’ out the chunes at the Toronto Country Dancers Contradance in Toronto on the 11th, followed by a house concert at the Romalis Home in Toronto on May 12th. All the details follow. Also a reminder below about the impending Brian Pickell Band concerts in Central and Southern Ontario, April 25-28 (STOP THE PRESSES – the Paris show is almost sold out, so get your tickets soon!). As well, while Julie and Pat are with the BP Band in Yellowknife May 2-5, Benoit and Zach will be free to play up a storm for an AlgomaTrad Dance in Desbarats on May 3, with Dan Gorno on hand to rally the masses of dancers. Oh, and we keep forgetting to tell you that we are on Facebook, why don’t you friend us (what a verb….) so we can brag about how many friends we have (well, ok, we’re no Lady Gaga…..) Here’s the scoop on the gigs:
Friday, May 3 – AlgomaTrad Dance – Johnson Township Community Centre Hall, 1 Cameron Dr., Desbarats. Dan Gorno is your trusty caller and Zach and Benoit will be blastin’ out the tunes. $10 at the door, $5 students, 10 and under free.
Thursday, May 9 – Strawhouse Gallery, Lakeside Drive and Centre Road, McKellar (near Parry Sound). Info at 705-389-9847 or visit www.strawhousegallery.ca
Saturday, May 11, 7:30pm – Toronto Country Dancers Contradance at the Barnabas Church Hall, Southeast corner of Hampton Ave & Danforth Ave., Across from the Carrot Common. More info at http://ieee.uwaterloo.ca/~tcd/schedule.htm
Sunday, May 12, 7PM – in concert – The Romalis home (Bathurst –St. Clair area, Toronto) To reserve a space, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets: $15; $10 students, at the door (please reserve)
Members of The O’Schraves will be available for workshops in piano, fiddle, tin whistle or flute, and/or guitar during the afternoon of May 12. Please contact Pat and Julie at email@example.com, if you are interested. Cost of any workshop is $20, $10 if 6 or more attend a workshop.
“The O’Schraves” (The O’Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre Family) brings you entertainment that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun. Two of Canada’s finest traditional musicians, Julie Schryer, on piano, and Pat O’Gorman, on bagpipes and Irish flute and tin whistle, are more than ably assisted by the younger and cuter members of the family, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, 18, (2011 and 2012 winner of the 18 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, tin whistle and vocals; Zach Schryer Lefebvre, 22, on guitar, cello, tin whistle, piano and vocals; and Áine Schryer O’Gorman, 10, (2012 winner of the 9 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, stepdancing, tin whistle, and vocals. The O’Schraves play captivating traditional Canadian, Irish, and Scottish music mixed with new compositions written by modern tune composers Brian Pickell, Claude Méthé, Shane Cook and members of the family, as well as original and traditional songs and even a stepdance or two for good measure.
HERE’S THE REMINDER ABOUT THE BRIAN PICKELL BAND SHOWS, APRIL 25-28:
Saturday, April 27th, 7:30 pm – MAPLEVIEW HOUSE CONCERTS – RSVP only $20 – Mapleview (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a private home in rural Grey County about mid-way between Orangeville and Owen Sound a couple of km off Hwy10
The band will also be in Yellowknife, NWT doing concerts and workshops on the following weekend May 3-5, if you happen to know anyone up there.
AND DON’T FORGET THE aLGOMAtRAD aLGOMAtRIVIA FUN(D)RAISER, FRIDAY, APRIL 19. Email us if you want in on the fun, we are up to 8 tables at this moment. We’ve got some sponsorship from The Steam Whistle Brewing Company…check out the photo of the Steam Whistle truck making a delivery of a couple of cases of beer to the O’Schrave Ranch. Tim, the Northern Ontario Steam Whistle Rep, left the truck at the bottom of the driveway and trundled the cases up the driveway with a handtruck. Can’t imagine what the neighbours think….!