“Enjoy some Brown Ale at your next event!”


We are a versatile, fun-loving Celtic and East Duo that plays lots of instruments.

  • Irish flute
  • tin whistle
  • guitar
  • mandolin
  • bouzouki
  • bass
  • accordian
  • concertina
  • harmonica
  • bodhran
  • percussion

We've played at all sorts of events

  • Festivals (Owen Sound Celtic Festival, Canterbury Folk Festival, Winterfolk, Wye Marsh Festival)
  • Folk Clubs (Flying Cloud Folk Club, Barrie Folk Club, Orilla Folk Society)
  • Fundraisers (Amnesty International, ArtsCan Circle, Sick Kids Hospital, Walk for Schizophrenia)
  • Community Events (Canada Blooms, Carassauga, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Milton Arts Festival)
  • Corporate functions (Brampton Downtown Business Association, Oshawa Golf and Country Club)
  • House Concerts, Coffee Houses, Ceilidhs, Weddings....

We play lots of different types of music

  • English, Irish, Scottish, Newfoundland, Maritime, Canadian
  • Lively songs and tunes, delicate ballads, humerous ditties, brave a cappella pieces, Newfoundland recitations
  • Steadfast traditional songs and tunes, tasteful covers, orginal historical pieces
  • Well loved classic treasures and rare gems

and can play in lots of work shops

  • Traditional East Coast (Newfoundland) Music
  • Traditional Celtic (English/Scottish/Irish) Music
  • Newfoundland (East Coast) Culture and History
  • Modern Approaches to Traditional Songs
  • Adapting Non-traditional Music into Traditional Folk Music
  • Historical Songs
  • Songs and Stories to Die By and Live For
  • Songs of the Sea/Sea Shanties
  • A Capella Singing
  • Recitations
  • Instrumentals
  • Irish Flute/Tin Whistle
  • Mandolin/Bouzouki
  • Humourous/Bawdy Songs
  • Metaphors in Folk Music
  • Traditional Folk Ballads
  • Heroes, Heroines and Villains
  • Tall Tales and True Stories
  • Great Canadian Folk Songs and Singers
  • Jammin' in the Pub
  • Love Songs
  • Folk Anthems
  • Where did you get THAT Song From?
  • Once Upon a Time....
  • And it's got a Chorus!

So who are we, and how can you reach us?

Glenn McFarlane : guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordian, percussion, vocals

Les Smith : bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, accordian, bodhran, mandolin, banjolin, percussion, vocals


Contact :

Brown Ale Music
39 Windermere Crt.
Brampton, Ont., L6X 2L5