Kettle’s On is a group of musicians from Southwestern Ontario. Their music is a crossover of well known traditional and contemporary folk tunes and songs from the lesser-known Celtic repertoire. They have a penchant for using a variety of instruments and their rich harmonizing vocals to capture melodies and tell stories that create the energy, warmth and richness of a kitchen party.
Vocals, guitar, bodhran, tenor banjo
Paul Tratnyek grew up in the east end of Hamilton, Ontario under the sound of the steel mills. His first group was a three-piece rock band that included his brother and cousin. Practicing in the basement of their house as young teens led them to playing local youth dances. Paul’s shift to folk music and song writing was inspired in the early 70’s after hearing and meeting Stan Rogers after a performance at his high school. Paul’s professional experience as an entertainer began shortly after that as a folk/contemporary musician performing solo at local restaurants, clubs and the university campus in London, Ontario. During that time he recorded an album with a friend and completed a recording of original songs called “Harvest”. Paul was a member of a music selection committee for a national hymnal and had some of his music published. His ability to communicate the excitement, energy and warmth of songs has engaged audiences both as active listeners and participants over the years.
Vocals, fiddle, accordion, flute, Irish whistle, Celtic harp
Teresa Seliske-Tratnyek grew up in a very musical family in London, Ontario. Being gifted at an early age, Teresa was auditioned and accepted to attend a choir school. During her years there she was able to learn to play a variety of instruments that included violin, clarinet and piano. During this time she also developed her vocal skills. She later taught herself flute, accordion and guitar. Teresa played coffee houses in the mid 70’s with her sister. She also led a number of choirs in London, Kitchener and Stratford, Ontario that included traditional and contemporary music. Teresa recorded “Harvest”, a collection of original songs, with Paul in the early 80’s. Her love of folk and Celtic music has expanded her instrumental and vocal ability to capture the depth of the pieces she performs.
Teresa and Paul have been playing music together over 25 years in a variety of venues After returning from living a year in Ghana, West Africa back in the mid 90’s, Paul and Teresa discovered the energy and excitement of world music. Gathering folks in their farmhouse led to beginnings of the band Kettle’s On. The sounds of great music, the smell of fresh coffee, the sight of a nice spread on the table and the taste of a good pint have all been part of the experience in their kitchen.
Scottish smallpipes, Highland bagpipes, Irish whistles, bodhran, backing guitar.
Mark's early experience was in the world of classical music, which grew into years of sampling other genres such as Jazz, Flamenco and Bluegrass. Over the years while establishing several other businesses, Mark found the opportunity to return to his ancestral music through the study of the Great Highland Bagpipe. From the first note he coaxed out of the pipes he knew he had returned to his musical home, and has been pushing the boundries of his knowledge and playing of Celtic music ever since.
Mark hosts many musical sessions in the area around Stratford, performs solo and with the Perth County Pipe Band. He works as a visual artist when not performing.
Piano, vocals, guitar, bass, percussion
Paul Lacalamita is a graduate of St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario where he studied piano, organ, classical guitar, voice and choral music. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Masters in Education degree from Brock University. Paul has played in a number of bands over the years including rock, folk, classical, jazz and most recently Celtic. He has performed in concert, theatre and stage venues and has professionally recorded a contemporary/folk CD with his former band. He is currently studying jazz.
Paul’s gift of animating and engaging students led to a number of high school musical productions he directed in both the Toronto area and southwestern Ontario.
Paul has done extensive travel as an educator and musician, including participating in the International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland where his newly discovered love of Celtic and folk music led him to joining Kettle's On. Paul’s energy, playfulness and passion for music radiates in his performance.