Celtic Shift is a first-rate Irish/Scottish traditional-meets-modern-verve instrumental trio active in the London area. A few years ago, they made a small tour of Nova Scotia and are proud of their three nominations and one win (2016) in the Word Music category at the London Music Awards.  A fiddler, pennywhistler, pianist and often percussionists (cajon & bodran) all give the band its distinctive Celtic Shift.

The current band members are:

For over a decade, Amy Barten has been working as a Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher and now operates her own studio, Amy’s Violin School. Amy loves both classical and fiddle music and has an exceptionally wide repertoire of both genres.

Steve Holowitz recently retired from A. B. Lucas Secondary School where he taught music for many years. A piano man of many musical hats – from liturgical to Celtic to Latin American outings, he is Director of Music at St. James Westminster Anglican Church and the accompanist/arranger for London’s First Lady of Jazz, Denise Pelley.

For over 25 years, Sarnia-born Rob Larose has been a familiar fixture around London, performing with some of the region’s top musicians in a variety of ensembles including Rant Maggie Rant, The Antler River Project, The Alfredo Caxaj Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Karen Schuuessler Singers, Pro Musica and Enchante.

Rob studied classical percussion at Western University, jazz drumming with Roger Flock at Humber College, and Latin percussion with Memo Acevado and Rick Lazar in Toronto. And in his non-spare time before retirement, he spent many years as a high school music teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board.

Dave Nuttall is a farmer’s son from Grey County in Midwestern Ontario who grew up hearing traditional tunes at weekend parties hosted by Irish family friends. After years of playing the trumpet semi-professionally in various genres, Dave has found a new voice in the pennywhistle. He has performed with Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant and the Canadian Celtic Choir. He recently retired from the TVDSB as a music teacher and computer support specialist at Jack Chambers Public School.

Celtic Shift is a first-rate Irish/Scottish traditional-meets-modern-verve instrumental trio active in the London area. A few years ago, they made a small tour of Nova Scotia and are proud of their three nominations and one win (2016) in the Word Music category at the London Music Awards.  A fiddler, pennywhistler, pianist and often percussionists (cajon & bodran) all give the band its distinctive Celtic Shift.

The current band members are:

For over a decade, Amy Barten has been working as a Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher and now operates her own studio, Amy’s Violin School. Amy loves both classical and fiddle music and has an exceptionally wide repertoire of both genres.

Steve Holowitz recently retired from A. B. Lucas Secondary School where he taught music for many years. A piano man of many musical hats – from liturgical to Celtic to Latin American outings, he is Director of Music at St. James Westminster Anglican Church and the accompanist/arranger for London’s First Lady of Jazz, Denise Pelley.

For over 25 years, Sarnia-born Rob Larose has been a familiar fixture around London, performing with some of the region’s top musicians in a variety of ensembles including Rant Maggie Rant, The Antler River Project, The Alfredo Caxaj Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Karen Schuuessler Singers, Pro Musica and Enchante.

Rob studied classical percussion at Western University, jazz drumming with Roger Flock at Humber College, and Latin percussion with Memo Acevado and Rick Lazar in Toronto. And in his non-spare time before retirement, he spent many years as a high school music teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board.

Dave Nuttall is a farmer’s son from Grey County in Midwestern Ontario who grew up hearing traditional tunes at weekend parties hosted by Irish family friends. After years of playing the trumpet semi-professionally in various genres, Dave has found a new voice in the pennywhistle. He has performed with Celtic fusion group Rant Maggie Rant and the Canadian Celtic Choir. He recently retired from the TVDSB as a music teacher and computer support specialist at Jack Chambers Public School.