20 November 2023

Sheet Music Store

This week I launched a new sheet music store on Etsy! Following the Huron Harp Festival, I received a few specific requests for sheet music, so I have made those pieces available here: www.ellengiblingharp.etsy.com

So far, only Duine Air Call and Garden River are for sale, but I'll continue to add arrangements as requests come in. The arrangements are for solo harp, written just as I would play them in performance. However, I'm working on some more pedagogical material... stay tuned!

photo by Jamie Kronick

9 November 2023

Fauré Requiem

This weekend, Capella Regalis Choirs presented a very beautiful free concert of the Fauré Requiem at All Saints Cathedral, conducted by Nick Halley. Photo by Vitaminbea.

8 November 2023

Bombadils and Magpies

The Bombadils shared a bill at the Carleton last week with a lovely band from the UK - The Magpies! This has been an exciting time for the Bombadils, as they just won Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the year from Music Nova Scotia and have been nominated in three categories at the Canadian Folk Music Awards: Vocal Group of the Year, Ensemble of the Year, and Single of the Year (for Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming). 

7 November 2023

Elizabeth Fry Society Gala

I recently was introduced to the work of the Elizabeth Fry Society through playing at their fundraising gala. I was very impressed by the scope of the programs they run, and the amazing team of staff with lived experience who are doing important work on the ground! Check out their website to learn more about them and donate if you are able. Thanks to Seymour Snaps for this photograph!

6 November 2023

Folk Music Ontario

In October, I joined the Bombadils for a whirlwind showcase at Folk Music Ontario. The conference took place this year in London!

5 November 2023

False Knight Gaza Fundraiser

About a decade ago, I recorded my first solo album "The False Knight & Other Tunes". It is a collection of music I was playing in the Montreal metro system as a busker and includes tunes from Ireland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Scotland, the Hebrides, Asturia, England, and Quebec. 

I never released it beyond selling it while busking and at concerts! I've just now made it available on bandcamp: digital copies and limited physical copies.

100% of the proceeds from these album sales will go the Humanitarian Coalition, a group of 12 aid organizations pooling resources to help with crises internationally, and now in particular with the humanitarian catastrophe faced by Palestinians in Gaza. Until November 12th, the federal government is matching donations to the coalition, so contributions have twice the impact. I will cover all postage, payment, and bandcamp fees.

I’m very grateful for everyone out there right now organizing for peace and human rights, for the release of hostages, and calling for an immediate ceasefire as the bare minimum. http://ceasefirenow.ca/about

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to this fundraiser!

3 November 2023

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

New Hermitage and Carbon Arc combined forces again this year for the 4th annual Halloween Silent Film! This year's film was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

1 November 2023

The Bay Runs Far Up

Jude Pelley wrote a brand new chamber music piece for bouzouki, harp, nyckelharpa, flute, organ, and percussion which we premiered at Manning Chapel last week!

27 October 2023

Huron Harp Festival

This month, I had the opportunity to travel to Goderich Ontario for the Huron Harp Festival! The Festival offers two days of workshops and two evening concerts. I was delighted to lead some workshops and perform alongside some amazing fellow faculty members. Many thanks to all the participants, organizers, and the incredible team of volunteers for a fabulous weekend!

3 October 2023

Rambler's Residency

This fall, New Hermitage has a residency at Rambler's! On the first Friday of every month, we play with a different musical collaborator. The first show featured Aquakultre, and we'll have Blue Lobelia with us this coming Friday. Later this fall, we're looking forward to Special Costello on November 3rd!

27 September 2023

New Hermitage September Tour

New Hermitage returned last week from a whirlwind road trip to Peterborough, Kingston, and Guelph. We were delighted to be performing at Jethro's Bar, (h)EAR, and the Guelph Jazz Festival!

26 September 2023

Hayley Ryerson Natural Elements Quartet

Last week, Hayley Ryerson presented another intimate Music Room concert of her Natural Elements compositions - this time for quartet of fiddle, harp, double bass, and drums!

4 September 2023

Bombadils August Tour

The Bombadils went on tour in August in Ontario and PEI - Parry Sound, Bobcaygeon, Perth, Toronto, Whitby, and Mont-Carmel!

12 August 2023

Swift Return July/August Tour

Swift Return just wrapped up a tour of Nova Scotia, travelling through Sandy Cove, Canning, Arichat, Antigonish, Riverport, and Halifax. Thank you to everyone who supported this tour - our hosts, venues, audiences, friends, and the many people who helped us along the way!

25 July 2023

New Hermitage June Tour

The New Hermitage tour through Ontario, the Yukon, and Alberta was delightful! Thank you to Canada Council for the tour support! 

Edmonton Jazz Festival at the Yardbird Suite

The view from the Dome, Dawson City, Yukon

Backstage at KIAC in Dawson City

The red tour van!

24 July 2023

Creative Music Workshop 2023

Much gratitude to the faculty and fellow students of CMW 2023 for a wonderful experience, and to 1313 Music Association and the Halifax Jazz Festival for making it happen!

This is a short ferry terminal improvisation with some students on our way home one day last week, featuring Lynette on piano and Martha's filmmaking:

23 July 2023

New Hermitage + Joyful Joyful + Michael C. Duguay Recording

In June, New Hermitage, Joyful Joyful, Michael C. Duguay and many other guest musicians spent a week at St. George's Round Church in Halifax, recording an album. The album is being produced by Michael and was recorded by Jake Nicoll using the amazing mobile recording unit, the Phonoautomat.

photo by Jamie Kronick

1 June 2023

Bleep in the Dark

On Tuesday, New Hermitage played at Bleep in the Dark at Radstorm, with i.O (Victoria) and Moss Harvest (Nova Scotia)!

27 May 2023

New Hermitage Tour Announcement

New Hermitage has just released the dates of our upcoming June tour! We'll be in Toronto, Guelph, Peterborough, Dawson City, and Edmonton. (Unfortunately, I can't make it to Toronto, but I'll be at the other dates.) In Guelph and Peterborough, we'll be playing with Joyful Joyful, fresh from our week of recording a new album with them!

26 May 2023

The Bombadils at the ECMAs

The Bombadils played a fun showcase at the Carleton on May 5 as part of the ECMAs in Halifax this year.

thanks to Edward for the photo!

24 May 2023

Cookie Concert

Amelia McMahon and I had a great time performing at this Musique Royale Cookie Concert! We were playing a mixed program of classical, folk, jazz, and pop songs arranged for harp and voice, with a special appearance by Scott Kingsley on bass.

18 May 2023

Fictional Music

On April 23, New Hermitage was part of Tom Richards' installation composition at the Halifax Central Libray - Fictional Music. This piece was inspired by Borges short story "The Library of Babel" and consisted of music played simultaneously on four floors by four different ensembles. The audience could walk around and explore the soundscape, mixing between the various musicians. It was very cool and will hopefully happen again!

17 May 2023

Charlie and Ellen at the Woodshed

Last month, Charlie Wilson (flute, whistle) and I played a series of concerts in the Wood Shed, a tiny concert venue right on Petite Riviere on the South Shore. It was our debut performance as a duo, playing mostly original tunes by Charlie. Stay tuned for Charlie's upcoming album of new compositions!

4 April 2023

Where Dance and Music Meet

Mocean Dance and 1313 Music Association co-presented this amazing show featuring 19 improvising musicians and dancers. This show represented many years of working and experimenting together, and in particular represented Susanne Chui and Jerry Granelli's long-time vision of a dance and music collaborative ensemble. It was a magical experience.