JULY 24 – 29, 2022

Boxwood returns to beautiful & historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for a week of immersive programs in traditional & early music. Join us for an unforgettable gathering of musical discovery and fun.

‘I’m so pleased to finally welcome you back to Lunenburg for a joyous week exploring the roots and branches of traditional and early music with a wonderful and inspiring group of world-class tradition bearers. Boxwood is all about being a space for you to create, discover and join in the evolution of our shared musical traditions in a holistic approach that integrates music, dance, language and crafts in hands-on programs for adults, kids and professionals. I hope to see you there!’

Chris NORMAN – flutes, pipes, director

Catherine McEVOY

Meath-based flute player Catherine McEvoy is known for her vibrant flute-playing in the Sligo-Roscommon style. She was a member of the group Macalla and has since recorded several solo and ensemble albums including The Home Ruler in 2008 and Comb Your Hair and Curl It in 2010 with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Michael O’Raghallaigh. Catherine was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceol Musician of the Year in 2019. She is also well known as a teacher and has taught at the Willie Clancy Summer School for many years. Her playing is particularly influenced by Josie McDermott.


Alexa Raine-WRIGHT
Recorder, Baroque Flute

Alexa Raine-Wright shares her eloquent interpretations on the baroque transverse flute and recorder with North American audiences in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts. Alexa is a founding member of the Infusion Baroque ensemble, and winner of several national and international competitions including the Grand Prix as well as the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Prize  at the  2016 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition. In 2015 she won first prize at the  National Flute Association’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington, DC, as well as second prize at the Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition.

Edel FOX

Edel is one of the most accomplished Irish musicians of her generation. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Young Musician of the Year award, and is a regular performer on Irish National Radio, the BBC and at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia with musicians including Jackie Daly, Cherish the Ladies and The Kane Sisters. In addition to being an engaging performer, Edel is also an insightful and patient teacher, specializing in the repertoire of her native soil. Edel currently works in the TV industry as a producer, specialising in arts and cultural programming for broadcasters such as TG4, RTE, BBC and Sky Arts.

Fiddle, Dance, Piano

Kendra MacGillivray brings the traditional fiddling style of Eastern Nova Scotia to life with her incredibly energetic performances. Her playing is steeped in traditional step  dance with upbeat jigs, polkas and hornpipes, beautiful swaying waltzes and slow airs or selections of rhythmic strathspeys and reels that build in speed and intensity. She’s even been known to make a few steps while fiddling at the same time in high heels! With numerous awards under her belt, including two prestigious East Coast Music Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Instrumental Artist of the Year”. Her performances have also taken her into the United States and as far away as Japan, Australia, Iceland, Europe, Barbados and of course, Scotland.

Fiddle, Singer, Harp

Seán HEELY is a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish Fiddler, singer, and harpist in the folk and Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Ireland. A versatile artist, he holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland. An educator in demand, Seán is an Adjunct Instructor at American University  He has performed in Scotland, Ireland, South America, Germany and at prestigious venues in the U.S such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and Strathmore Music Center.

Guitar, Song, Banjo

Eamon O’Leary is a songwriter, guitar, bouzouki and banjo player and  from New York’s Lower East Side, originally from Dublin, Ireland. He has developed his songcraft, appearing live and collaborating with esteemed artists such as Sam Amidon, Beth Orton, Bonnie Prince Billy, Anais Mitchell, Anna and Elizabeth, Martin Hayes, releasing five recordings of original songs including Old ClumpAll Souls, Sister in Song, Bernadette, and The Silver Sun. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing and recording with many of Irish music’s great players. Eamon regularly tours and records with The Murphy Beds, with Jefferson Hamer, and with old friends John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy to form The Alt.

Janelle LUCYK
Song, Sea Aires Choir

Janelle graduated in 2014 with distinction from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in Belgium where she debuted Lux Aeterna, written for her and the Brussels Chamber Choir by Jan Moeyaert, performed as a soloist and recorded with Musica Fura, Laudantes Consort, and Voces Desuper. Growing up as a violinist, Janelle was the youngest member of Regina Symphony Orchestra and with them performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as soloist in 2009.  Janelle has been captivated by Nova Scotia’s flourishing music scene since arriving in the stunning maritime province. Janelle is also the artistic and administrative director of Musique Royale, which presents concerts featuring early music in beautiful and historic venues across Nova Scotia.


Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. As a drummer and world percussionist, he has performed and recorded internationally with a wide range of world-class musicians. Nick is busy as a choral director in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the founder and Artistic Director of the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, Director of The King’s Chorus, Assistant Director of the acclaimed University of King’s College Chapel Choir directed by his father, Paul Halley, Cantor and Director for the chapel’s male Compline choir, and Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.

Flute, Accordion, Cameo guest

Nicholas is a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England.  His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish, Scottish, and classical North Indian traditions.  After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, he enjoys exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition.  Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.  

Flute choir

The legendary Boxwood Flute Choir is a much anticipated feature of our festival in Canada each year, delighting musicians of all ages and audiences alike. Join Andra Bohnet as she creates the magic with original arrangements, diverse repertoire, expert coaching and a good dose of fun. Andra is a flutist who embraces a rich variety of musical styles with both virtuosity and sensitivity. In addition to her position as Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama where she teaches flute, music history/literature and chamber music, she is the principal flutist with Mobile Symphony Orchestra.

Join us for Boxwood Canada 2022 in a variety of ways:

Register for The Works: all classes, concerts, evening activities and two meals. Online access is included.
• $750 CAD: Adult
• $500 CAD: Adult Work-Study or Teen Work-Study.
• $150 CAD: five (5) à la carte classes
In-Person registrations are limited to keep class sizes small. Our Patreon annual members receive 1st priority, so please register early. Register here.

Join us from anywhere in the world via streaming for a select group of our Boxwood Canada 2022 classes. We'll be offering three 75 min. long classes each day, streamed live, and recorded for your later viewing. Options include:
• $350 CAD for all 15 classes (three each day for five days)
• $125 CAD for the Celtic Stream (5 classes)
• $125 CAD for the Baroque Stream (5 classes)
• $30 CAD individual classes
For all the details to join us on-line, register here!

Sea Aires Choir
This in-person group led by Janelle Lucyk and Eamon O'Leary meets once each day M-F and is included as part of an In-Person registration, however the group is open to the community. Drop-ins and single classes are not available as each class will build on the previous day.
• $125/adult | $75/student for five afternoon sessions (does not conflict with the flute choir). To join us for the Sea Aires Choir, register here.

Boxwood Flute Choir
This in-person group led by Andra Bohnet meets once each day M-F and is included as part of an In-Person registration, however the group is open to the community. Drop-ins and single classes not available as each class will build on the previous day. You'll need a flute @440, and have the basics of playing in-hand. Modern Boehm flutes (piccolo, tenor, alto, bass) and wooden flutes in D are all welcome.
• $125/adult | $75/student for five afternoon sessions (does not conflict with the Sea Aires Choir). To join us for the Boxwood Flute Choir, register here.

Boxwood Kids
We welcome kids age 8-12 for a magical week exploring traditional music, dance and crafts. To register your child, register here.

A detailed draft of our schedule for the week is available here. Please note that this schedule covers the main events and classes, and is subject to change as registrations continue and we get a clearer picture of everyone's interests. It doesn't include smaller ad-hoc classes, gatherings and one-on-ones for special topics such as recorder, fiddle, banjo, accordion, which are usually set up on-site directly with your tutor.

Sunday 24 July, 2022

12 noon: Work-Study meeting at Lunenburg Fire Hall
2pm - 4pm: Participant check-in at Lunenburg Fire Hall
5pm: Welcome Dinner @ Lunenburg Fire Hall
8:00pm: Opening Concert @ Lunenburg Academy
10pm: session

Monday-Friday July 25-29, 2022

Morning and afternoon classes taking place at Lunenburg Academy, Lunenburg School of the Arts, Central United Church and other venues TBD.

Each evening we come together for activities including: Two Ceilidh & square dances, BBQ night, Talent Night, Historical walks, Two concerts (Sun & Friday), and jam sessions at various locations.

Lodging is not included in the registration price. Due to changing dynamics, we're no longer able to offer participant billeting with local hosts, however there are more accommodation options than ever in the Lunenburg area and we may have some reasonable accommodation options available, so contact us to learn more. Please explore some of these excellent resources to find the lodging that suits your budget and requirements:

Lunenburg Campground
Nova Scotia Tourism
Airbnb Lunenburg Vacation Rentals
TripAdvisor - Lunenburg

Boxwood is providing two meals during the week: Opening dinner and a BBQ night both sourced from local organic producers. For other meals during the week, please support the many wonderful restaurants, eateries, and small independent grocers in Lunenburg the surrounding area! Jam sessions will be licensed for BYOB beer & wine only.

We're here to help coordinate transportation from Halifax and the Halifax Robert Stanfield  Airport (YHZ). We can either connect you with someone who is already driving down, or coordinate a shuttle at a reasonable price. Let us know how we can help get you here.

Thanks to our generous and thoughtful donors, Boxwood is pleased to continue its scholarship program. The Mike Grinter Memorial Young Artists Scholarship program offers tuition assistance for this year’s festival in Lunenburg, NS. Mike, a great friend and master craftsman dedicated his lifetime’s work to making flutes of the highest calibre from his workshops in Chewton, Ennis & Thailand. In memory of Mike, and in honour of his work, we're continuing our scholarship in his name.

The 2022 scholarship is open to all applicants who will be under 30 years of age as of 1 August, 2022. Scholarships are open to players of all instruments as well as singers. In order to accommodate as many people as possible, scholarships may be awarded to cover a portion of the tuition. Those wishing to apply should send a letter describing their musical journey thus far and provide a sample of their playing or singing. Please email your application before 15 June 2022. Accommodation during the weekend is the responsibility of the recipient.

For In-Person Full Registrations, including Work-Study options, full payment is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the festival (June 24, 2022). Sea Aires Choir and Boxwood Flute Choir may register up to 2-weeks prior.

Cancellations requested 30 days in advance will receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. COVID-related cancellation/refund requests will be honored at any date.

Boxwood adheres to the safe health guidelines and directives of the Nova Scotia Public Health Authority. Effective March 21st, 2022 the Province of Nova Scotia has lifted all pandemic related restrictions. At this time, to maintain the safety of our programming, we have chosen to continue with the following guidelines:

    • Our indoor workshops will have a gathering limit of 12 persons (including the instructor/s) and will maintain physical distancing by providing participants with their spaces. To accommodate larger groups, some classes will take place outdoors, weather permitting.
    • Public events will host no more than (50% of venue maximum capacity).
    • The wearing of masks is optional.
    • Please do not join our classes or events if you have tested positive for COVID-19, experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days.

PLEASE NOTE: Our COVID-19 pandemic policies are subject to change at any time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Our 2022 festival programming is made possible with support from Canadian Heritage, The Province of Nova Scotia, The Robinson Family Trust, Culture Ireland, and thoughtful contributions from individual patrons around the world. Thank You!