Ceilidh Friends


GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present Yellowknife's three-voice traditional group Ceilidh Friends in concert.

Ceilidh Friends are known for their vocal harmonies, the group also plays a variety of acoustic instruments including guitars, Appalachian and hammered dulcimers, recorders, percussion, bowed psaltery and autoharp.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $15 at the door

Click here to see poster.

Ceilidh Friends met at a House Ceilidh in Yellowknife in early 1990. Finding they had a lot in common, both musically and politically, the foursome began practicing regularly. The group is comprised of:

• Steve Lacey ( vocals, guitar, mountain dulcimer, recorder and percussion )
• Dawn Lacey ( vocals, guitar )
• Moira Cameron ( vocals, dulcimers, hurdy-gurdy, bowed psalter, thumb piano and recorders )
• Steve Goff - deceased 2009 ( vocals, guitar, banjo and mandolin )

Before moving to Yellowknife, Steve and Dawn Lacey lived in Regina and were involved in the early organizational years of the Regina Guild of Folk Arts, the precursor of the Regina Folk Festival.

Ceilidh Friends first public performances were at anti-Gulf war protests in 1991. Since then, the group has played at many Northern venues including the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Folk on the Rocks Music Festival and CBC North Radio in Yellowknife; Great Northern Music Festival and other events in Inuvik; Midway Lake Music Festival, Fort Smith Friendship Festival and the Atlin Music Festival.

Ceilidh Friends has released three albums since their inception. Their most recent, Northern Remembrance (2014), features traditional and contemporary war and ant-war songs. Career highlights for the group include performing at EXPO 2005 in Japan, an appearance on Peter Gzowski's national CBC Radio program Morningside, performances during Queen Elizabeth's visit to Yellowknife, three NWT Aurora Awards for performing excellence and showcases at Folk Alliance International conferences held in Toronto and Vancouver.

Tipperary Medley audio clip:

Calling On Song audio clip:

Great Mandala audio clip:

Red, White and Blue audio clip:

Ceilidh Friends Web site here.