CHELSEA HOUSE ORCHESTRA - Celtic with a Kick!
Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO) provides a varied and colorful performance repertoire with the majority of the music derived from traditional Celtic sources. However, other folk music sources are used to provide students with an eclectic musical experience.
The basic philosophy of the arrangements is to allow everyone in the group to enjoy Celtic music as much as possible. Consequently, the majority of the playing is melody based with very little inner harmony or separate part writing. This truly provides students a contrasting experience from their normal school orchestra.
All music is memorized and arrangements often evolve from rehearsals and suggestions from students. Individuals are showcased through the use of solos, duos, and special features.
Students are also encouraged to learn other instruments such as mandolin, guitar, bodhran, djembe, cajon, various folk percussion, bass, bouzouki and anything else they can think of that has a folk connection.
Originally from Jedburgh, Scotland, David is a powerful performing songwriter, who has built an artistic bridge between the influences of his birthplace and the fresh possibilities of his adopted Canadian home to produce five critically-acclaimed CD's and numerous international songwriting awards in different genres. Songwriters Magazine called David, "the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner." He was also awarded the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year. David's sixth and latest recording, "Six in 6/8" has just been released. A seasoned and commanding performer, having played nearly 2500 gigs in the last 20 years, David’s music draws from Celtic roots, Americana and country, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Van Morrison, Jack Johnson and Foy Vance.
A gifted songwriting teacher, David has been a songwriting mentor for 10 years with the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, on the songwriting faculty for Guitar Workshop Plus, and has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at Folk Festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+. David has the experience, passion and people skills to motivate any individual to write a song and to adapt his workshops to many different settings and needs.
Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, the "GLENGARRY BHOYS"
hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved
into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.
Their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all
cultures and ages. Many things have been written and reported about this world renown
Canadian alt-celt group over that last decade, all depicting their musical and entertaining
prowess with varied audiences the world over, but their ability to marshal large enthusiastic
audiences show after show is legion and recognized.
Their objective is simple yet evocative, as stated by their lead singer Graham Wright in a
CBC "Fresh Air" interview: "if our audience can only get 10% of the satisfaction
we get entertaining them - then we surpass objective". Accordingly and repeatedly, they do!!
From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers,
always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the traditional whence
they came, have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances. http://www.glengarrybhoys.com/
Go ahead and try!