The March 14th James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe concert at Red Bird is sold out

Steáfán & Saskia

In a house concert, 

co-hosted with Trad City House Concerts.

Friday April 12th at 8pm

Location: Hintonburg, Ottawa

$25: all goes to the artist

Reservations and info here

Old Sod Concerts are very pleased to present two of Ontario's finest players of (mostly) traditional and original Irish music. Saskia Tomkins from the UK, & Steáfán Hannigan from Ireland, moved to Canada in 2007 with 3 children and over 800 instruments!  In a typical concert you might hear fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, uillean pipes, guitar, low whistle, bodhran and who knows what else. 

Between them, Saskia & Steáfán have played with thousands of artists both live and recorded, including Uriah Heep, Loreena Mckennit, Bjork, Depeche Mode, The Band of Hope (with Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick), SinÉ , The Afro-Celt Sound System, Oliver Schroer, David Newland (for his project Northbound Passage), and most recently Sultans of String, George Crotty, Robb Johnson, Kim Doolittle, Shannon Linton and Medusa.

Both were inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in 2022 by Comhaltas for services to the preservation of Irish Traditional Music in Canada. Steáfán is currently the Comhaltas representative for North America. They have been session musicians on TV shows which include Relic Hunter, Earth Final Conflict, Murdoch Mysteries, Copper, Cabinet of Curiosities (Del Torro) and Friends (the one with Ross’s Wedding). Together they worked on developing the Celtic music for the hit Broadway show “Come from Away”.

Steáfán is the author of bestselling books “The Bodhran Book” and “The Low Whistle Book”. With his other hat, Steáfán is a TD and sound/lighting tech for theatres (and a very useful person to have around).  

Listen to tracks from Steáfán & Saskia's album "Moorchild", at

Steáfán's website:

Saskia's website: