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Virginia Page Jahne- “the bronze branch”, is a Winnipeg singer who pays homage to her history.

As part of the Irish diaspora - her great grandmother came to Canada during the famine - she claims her authentic roots.

As improbable as it seems, a few years ago, Virginia didn't even know she could wear green on St. Patrick's Day. She took a bodhran and sean nos class and something resonated - not just the drum and her voice! It was an immediate entrainment with the music.

She delivers Celtic traditional songs in Irish (as Gaeilge) and English. Her strong and beautiful voice pleases the ear, whether acapella or while she accompanies herself on bodhran drum and guitar. Her original and funny stories give the back story of the songs. Harp tunes are soon to be added to her performances.

She has sung in places as diverse as the haunted Charleville Castle at Tullamore, Ireland, the pub at Cairde na Cruite, Termonfecken, Ireland, the Stanhope and Brackley Beach Celidhs on PEI, and Prairie Ink, The Irish Club and Prairie Celtic Club at home in Winnipeg.

Virginia learned sean nos, traditional singing in Irish, from two All Ireland champions - Maureen Taggart Ni Chonaire in Winnipeg, and Eilis Ni Shuilleabhean in Tullamore, Ireland.

She was invited to sing on RTE radio Gaeltachta (Irish National Radio in 2009. SBB aka Sean Ban Breathnach, the announcer, who listens to Irish music as his profession said, “You have the perfect voice for sean nos. You have done what most Irish cannot do.”