Celtic Colours Festival on the way
Cape Breton musicians, both those who make those international travels and those who choose to stay closer to home, also form the core of the music that fills the air during the Celtic Colours Festival which takes place across the island each October. International stars of the Celtic world come to join in, as well, with each concert being a mini ambassador for the varied strands of the music. Each artist or group plays an individual set and then all join together for finales which often produce unexpected and exciting results, to the enjoyment of musicians and listeners alike.
Celtic Colours really is a community festival. Venues include performance centers, school buildings, churches, fire halls, and other sorts of places where performances may be held. There are community meals on offer, talks about the music, walks, art exhibits, and the always packed festival club, which begins at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s just as the other gigs are winding down across the island. Through all this the vibrant energy of the music and the welcoming spirit of the people remain at the center.
The Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 7 and close with a concert in Sydney on October 15. There will be 45 concerts in all, in towns including Albert Bridge, Baddeck, Boisdale, Cheticamp, Christmas Island, D'Escousse, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L’Ardoise, Louisbourg, Mabou, Main-a-Dieu, Marion Bridge, Membertou, North River, St. Peter's, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook and Whycocomagh.
It is as always a stellar line up of artists, including many you have met here along the music road. The Black Family will come from Ireland, as will fiddler Niamh Ni Charra. Bruce Molsky will bring his old time music prowess from the United States. BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet from Louisiana and Appalachian singer and banjo player Sheila Kay Adams will be there. Wendy MacIsaac, Ashley MacIsaac, and Andrea Beaton are among those from Cape Breton who will be on hand, as will Mary Jane Lammond. Inventive sean nos dancer Nic Gariess, an American now based in Ireland, will add his talents. Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Blazin’ Fiddles, and Kathleen MacInnes are among the musicians who will come over from Scotland to join in. More than one hundred musicians in all will take part.
details of all this, along with schedule and ticket information, may be found at the Celtic Colours International Festival web site
photographs of a Celtic Colours concert at Big Pond and of Kathleen MacInnes are copyrighted. thank you for respecting this.
you may also wish to see
Music Road: Mary Black: 25 years 25 songs
Music Road: Music road trip: Cape Breton
Cape Breton autumn