Rejigging the ReJigged Festival in the age of COVID

This year's Atlantic Canada celebration of Celtic music and dance moves online

This year's ReJigged Festival culminates with a pre-recorded set from Glasgow’s Jenn Butterworth on October 25. Considered one of the UK’s most notable acoustic folk guitarists, Butterworth was recently named Musician of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
This year's ReJigged Festival culminates with a pre-recorded set from Glasgow’s Jenn Butterworth on October 25. Considered one of the UK’s most notable acoustic folk guitarists, Buttworth was recently named Musician of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

The ReJigged Festival, Atlantic Canada’s Celtic festival celebrating the new directions in music and dance based on the history of Celtic music traditions, moves online for 2020.

Taking place on October 23-25, this year’s festival will feature artists from Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States for three days of free streamed concerts and online workshops focused on both music and dance.

“For the past eleven years, ReJigged has brought top new-trad Celtic to our home base in Dartmouth,” says ReJigged’s artistic director Glenn Coolen in a media release. “Since we can’t gather in person this year, we’re doing the next best thing and bringing ReJigged directly to you, wherever you live. That means audiences worldwide can discover our festival and enjoy all our signature programming, from the comfort of their own homes.”

This year’s main stage concerts, all available to watch for free, will stream each night of the festival at 7:30 pm (AST) on ReJigged’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

ReJigged kicks off on October 23 with The Tune Makers Concert in what organizers call an “intimate and relaxed session-style concert with a close-to-home feel.” To be live-streamed from The Music Room in Halifax, the concert features locally based musicians Rachel Davis, Darren McMullin, Rosie MacKenzie, and Brian Doyle alongside Cape Breton step dancer Melody Cameron and Boston-based Irish sean-nos dancer Kieran Jordan.

On October 24, the concerts continue with Autumn Lights Sessions with 15 leading new-trad talent from both sides of the Atlantic.

ReJigged will wrap on October 25 with a concert performance from Glasgow’s Jenn Butterworth. Considered one of the UK’s most notable acoustic folk guitarists and recently named Musician of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards will perform a 45-minute pre-recorded set from her home in Scotland.

In addition to the nightly concerts, ReJigged will again offer workshops, this year being offered online through Zoom and in pre-recorded classes. This year’s roster of instructors features several concert performers along with internationally recognized teaching talent. Among them is acclaimed dancer Nic Gareiss, named one of 2019’s 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine, Irish flute player and singer Steph Geremia and Emmanuelle LeBlanc of Prince Edward Island’s Vishtèn.

“At ReJigged, trad meets new trad,” adds Coolen. “Here, we explore, innovate and create tomorrow’s traditions, and while we’d love to be face-to-face with everyone this year, we’ll still generate that same ReJigged magic online with audiences worldwide.”

The 2020 ReJigged Festival takes place online from October 23 to October 25. Visit rejiggedfestival.com for more information.