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North Shore Celtic Ensemble's new music video highlights traditional tunes during unusual time

“Connection,” a seven-minute video project, was released last week
With music ensembles barred from performing in most of the community spaces or events they’re accustomed to playing in over the last year, many having been looking for alternatives to spread their usual joy without spreading the virus.

Among them, North Shore Celtic Ensemble has released a visually-striking, multigenerational video to connect with their community – and mainly, the seniors in the community – who they’re so used to dazzling with their impressive runs on the fiddle, piano, flute and mandolin.

“Connection,” a seven-minute music video filmed a month ago, was released by the ensemble last week.

Filmed in a couple locations, including in the rec space at Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre and at the Burrard Dry Dock, the video features several young members of the ensemble performing a number of traditional tunes, as well as the O’Connor Irish Dancers and a pair of older performers dancing gracefully to the music.

“We do a lot of concerts for seniors on the North Shore. I’ve been trying so much to try and do something for the seniors community, that’s part of the mission we have,” Claude Giguère, the ensemble’s executive artistic director, told the North Shore News. “The idea is to try and communicate the message that we are connected despite these restrictions. Even though we are not together, they can still dance to our music.”

The tunes performed include: “Tennessee Waltz,” “Tam Lynn’s,” and “Road to Errogie.”

The ensemble was featured in the recent CelticFest Vancouver virtual show in March and will be featured in the upcoming virtual Festival du Bois.

During the past year, the ensemble has relied a lot on making films to stay engaged with the community, according to Giguère.

“We have packaged this particular film in different ways so we could reach the many institutions we serve in the community."