Our music

The Familiar and the Unknown


The Ottawa Celtic Choir has sometimes been described as a "teaching choir"; each song has a story behind it, and our performances include information about each song we sing. We also try to mix the well known and familiar with songs that you have probably never heard of before. Among the familiar songs in our repertoire are songs like Loch Lomond, The Log Driver's Waltz, Auld Lang Syne, May it Be, She Moved Through the Fair, Wild Mountain Thyme, and others. The less well-known include: Na Kirree Fo Niaghtey, Suo Gan, Dulaman, Mo Ghile Mhear, Cariad, Shliabh Gheal gCua, Si do Mhaimeo i, and others.

Each season we try new songs and bring back some old favourites. 

You don't need to be able to speak a Celtic language to sing with us!

We commissioned New Zealand composer and arranger Alan Wagstaff to arrange three pieces for the choir: Green Grow the Rushes O, I Wonder What is Keeping My True Love Tonight, and The Wellerman. We're delighted with the results, and we're excited to be able to perform these for you at a future concert!  If you would like to commission Alan, we highly recommend his work for Celtic choirs and ensembles. Contact him at: alanthewag (at) outlook.com