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Description

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A vital and longstanding world music with roots in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and other lands. In recent years, Canada has also become famous for its homegrown Celtic and Gaelic music. Listen for reels, strathspeys, harps, pipes and plenty of storytelling, history and tradition.

Music Programmer

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Greg Torrington

Greg Torrington has been involved in a wide spectrum of music genres and the music business throughout his life. Former management client, Colin Linden, called Greg a “Music biz lifer”.

Greg managed a full service record store and performed live in Ottawa Valley country bands in the ‘70s. His first foray into broadcasting came at Carleton University radio station, CKCU. That involvement opened the door for his full-time on-air work at Ottawa’s then independent/progressive radio powerhouse, CHEZ-FM when it signed on in 1977. Greg was promoted to the station’s Music Director in 1980 and remained in that position for a decade. He was awarded Music Director of the Year at the first Canadian Music Week industry awards, and is credited for being the first to break many prominent Canadian and international recording artists.

Warner Music Canada hired Greg as A&R Manager in 1990 where he scouted and brought in potential new talent signings to the label, as well as coordinating recordings and videos with the domestic roster. At Warner, Greg worked on projects for many of the country’s top artists (such as Loreena McKennitt, Blue Rodeo, George Fox, Spirit of the West, Trooper, etc.) served on FACTOR juries and the Juno Awards talent committee as well as participating in music evaluation sessions and panels at numerous regional industry conferences across Canada.

Since his departure from Warner, Greg ventured into artist consulting and personal management, and became an on-going contributor and columnist for the national music publication, Muzik Etc. In 2000, he teamed with the late Doug Kirby to work artist management, and served as A&R consultant / marketing and data manager at Kirby’s booking agency, LiveTourArtists.

Artists

Battlefield Band
The Chieftains
Alan Stivell
The Tannahill Weavers
Altan
Sharon Shannon
T with the Maggies
Mary Jane Lamond
Heidi Talbot
Loreena McKennitt

Chart

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Black is the Colour
Luka Bloom
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The Shepherd Lad
Heidi Talbot
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Bleecker Street
Heidi Talbot
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Sail Away To The Sea
The Once
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Is The Big Man Within / Hound's / Gerald Thomas' Burnt Potato
The Once
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Wedding Song
T with the Maggies
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Domhnach Na Fola
T with the Maggies
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Thorley Island Reel
Anne Lindsay
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As I Roved Out
Loreena McKennitt
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Mná Na héireann
Sharon Corr feat. Jeff Beck