St. Patrick’s Day a big celebration in Southampton

                                                             Celtic Academy Canada dancers

It was a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and, at Southampton’s Town Hall, it was all about ‘Irish’ and Celtic music.

(L) Leslie McNamara of Bruce County Playhouse  and Mary Foley of Celtic Academy Canada co-hosted

Organized by the Bruce County Playhouse and the Celtic Academy Canada, many performers took to the stage before a capacity audience.

The Celtic Academy Canada young performers brought a reminiscence of ‘River Dance’ as their energy and skill left the audience in awe.







Vocally, A Cappella, the Chantry Singers and Melodies & Memories, brought the lyrics of the Emerald Isles to life.  Music Director Emeritus, Jeannette Steeves, returned to lead A Cappella and the Chantry Singers through several selections from the Emerald Isle and beyond.

                        Chantry Singers were lead by Jeannette Steeves and Meghan De Jager

No ‘Irish’ St. Patrick’s Day performance is complete without the ever-lasting ‘Danny Boy’ and John De Jager’s rendition brought back memories of the great tenor Dennis Day.

                                                                          Melodies and Memories

Melodies & Memories is a group of local women who love to sing and who perform at local care and retirement centres.  The group, dressed in sparkling green fascinators, performed the popular ‘Molly Malone’ among others.

The Men’s chorus of the Chantry Singers were in fine voice as they performed several melodies including the popular ‘Tied up with a Black Velvet Band’ that had the audience clapping and singing along.

In addition to the music and dance, there was also a 50/50 draw that was won by Jacquie Beale who took home $171.00.

(L) Jacquie Beale and organizer Leslie McNamara