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Celtic concert in Coquitlam aims to 'lift spirits' with jigs, reels

Titled Gloomy Winter’s Now Away, the Triskellion show on Saturday night (April 9) will have a program based on the theme of “transformation."
Triskellion is Rosie Carver (violin), Rebecca Blair (Celtic harp) and Michelle Carlisle (flutes/whistles/vocals).

They met more than a decade ago to play at a special event.

And, since then, Triskellion has made its way around the Lower Mainland to perform at more special events, enchanting audiences with its Celtic sound.

With health orders now easing and larger gatherings allowed, the trio is excited to return to the stage and share their love of jigs, reels, laments and ballads.

On Saturday night, Rosie Carver (violin), Rebecca Blair (Celtic harp) and Michelle Carlisle (flutes/whistles/vocals) will showcase a dozen tunes as part of a celebration at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts that marks the return of live in-person concerts and events.

Titled Gloomy Winter’s Now Away, the show from 7 to 9 p.m. will have a program based on the theme of “transformation,” Carlisle told the Tri-City News.

“This concert will give joy and lift spirits, and it will give us all a chance to get use to going to concerts again,” she said. “Each piece is a relation to change.”

Among the traditional and popular standards to be played are 

  • "Gloomy Winter’s now Awa’" by Robert Tannahill/Alexander Campbell
  • "That’s Amore" by Harry Warren/Jack Brooks (arr. Michelle Carlisle)
  • "Entr’acte" (from the opera Carmen) by Georges Bizet
  • "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan
  • "Slip Jig Set– Butterfly, Fig for a Kiss, Snowy Path" (trad.)

Carlisle said the performers will sing as well, and they’ll encourage the crowd to join in at some parts. 

“There will be lots of material that people will recognize,” she said, adding, “People seemed to have missed live music. It can’t be compared to listening to your iPod at home or YouTube videos. There’s something special about being in the room.”

Meanwhile, it’s also the first in-person faculty concert for Place des Arts in two years (Carver and Blair are both instructors at the Maillardville venue).

For tickets to Gloomy Winter’s Now Away at $21/$16 on April 9, call 604-664-1636 or visit More details are at