60yearsatBroadCove

60 Years at Broad Cove

For 60 years, the Broad Cove Concert has been the rock that our culture, and even Celtic Colours itself, has built upon. As we've recognized individual musicians and institutions for their cultural influence on our island, we must also recognize the volunteers and the tireless energy that goes into staging this concert, and the many like it around the Island,...
AFullSlate

A Full Slate

In the world of governance and politics, running a full slate for election demonstrates a capacity to attract the talent needed to fill all available positions. In more general terms, a full slate can refer to a complete schedule of features or events. And at Celtic Colours, we know A Full Slate means L’Ardoise is going to rock tonight! The...
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A Good D’Escousse For a Party

There are some bands that you may only see once or twice, but will not ever forget. Back in 2003, Flook was one of those bands. They returned to Celtic Colours in 2006, but disbanded shortly after that. Now, after 10 years, we finally get to see Flook back in action on Cape Breton Island and we’re very excited about...
AToastto20More

A Toast to 20 More!

This year’s festival started with a look back during our opening concert, honouring some of the artists who have shaped our music and influenced our culture. Now as the 20th Celtic Colours comes to a close, we take a look to the future and imagine where the next 20 years will take us. We have some incredible culture bearers in...
BelleCteTheMusicalCoast

Belle Côte: The Musical Coast

Tonight we welcome back some long-time friends of the Festival and discover exciting young players from Scotland and Cape Breton. It’s been five years since Le Vent du Nord performed at Celtic Colours and oh how we have missed the energetic, crowd favourite from Quebec. They will be right at home on the Acadien shores of Belle Côté. Beloved Irish...
CarrytheMusic

Carry the Music

Over the past couple of generations, Cape Breton tunes, playing style and musical culture have spread beyond our shores and been carried around the world. First to the most obvious of places like Scotland and Ireland—as our artists explored the roots and history of the music—and into industrial centres like “the Boston States” where Cape Bretoners would often have to...
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Ceilidh anns a’Bhraigh: Ceilidh in the Glen

Glendale is a stronghold of Gaelic culture in Cape Breton. Tonight two generations of local Gaels welcome their cousins from Scotland for a grand “visit”, known here as a ceilidh. Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona MacKenzie, from the Highlands of Scotland, are fluent Gaelic speakers and singers. Brian has a strong connection with Glendale having co-written the beautiful “Blue Mountain...
CelticCabaret

Celtic Cabaret

It's the weekend and time for some foot-stomping fun. With deep roots in Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture, All Fired Up brings the Inverness County style to the stage tonight with pipes, fiddle, piano, guitar and Gaelic song, while the MacDonald brothers from Ironville are teamed up with some of the best in this Irish-influenced double fiddle, piano, guitar and bass...
CelticPub

Celtic Pub

We always say that Celtic Colours is a marathon, not a sprint. So pace yourself. Why not kick back with some friends and a brew tonight? On the menu are trios from Scotland and PEI, Cape Breton’s hottest young Celtic band and a popular singer who’s right here at home. The East Pointers are from our sister Island, and on...
ClosetotheFloor

Close to the Floor

It’s all about the dance! With local dancers, Irish sean-nós, some modern Highland dance, Ottawa Valley style, and a band that was born at Celtic Colours, this concert promises to delight and amaze. Close to the Floor is another favourite of our concert goers, taking on a different vibe and direction each year. We'll celebrate many styles of dance for...
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Còmhla Cruinn: Gathered Together

It will be Gaelic traditions all the way in Christmas Island, where the culture has been practiced and treasured for generations. Comunn Féis an Eilein has played a key role in encouraging the community to preserve and promote their Gaelic culture, hosting the first Féis held outside of Scotland, and presenting the annual Féis an Eilein since the early 1990s....
ConcertbytheCanal

Concert by the Canal

It's always a great time in St. Peter’s, but this year we have a concert to knock your socks off! We have award-winning songsters from Newfoundland, rousing instrumentalists from the UK and a Cape Breton fiddler and her band with energy to burn. The Once has developed an impressive reputation since they first came to Celtic Colours in 2010. They...
CowBayCeilidh

Cow Bay Ceilidh

It’s a blast from festivals past tonight in Port Morien, where folks sure do know how to enjoy a concert. They always show up to support the music, with a great local emcee, and an energetic response to the entertainment on stage. And the crowd on stage for this year’s Ceilidh is sure to give them plenty to cheer about....
CraicnCabaret

Craic’n Cabaret

There’s no better way to wrap up a long weekend than to get together with pals, watch some fabulous live music, and raise a glass. We have just the thing for you tonight…an amazing lineup and lots of great “craic” at the cabaret. If you feel like singing, there’s a good chance you’ll know a few of Dougie MacLean’s songs...
DancingUpaSute

Dancing Up a Suête

We know that some of the best dancers come out of the culturally rich and vibrant community of Chéticamp. They will show their fine steps on stage today, set against the impressive musicianship and scenery of this coastline community. La Swing du Suête celebrates 20 years of promoting youth engagement and presentation both here and throughout North America. These dancers...
DangerousDuos

Dangerous Duos

What happens when you take two musicians who don’t usually play together and pair them up on stage? It might sound like a dangerous proposition, but we’re sure these duos can handle it. This concert will bring together folks who are usually on the road and only get to catch up with their musical friends on special occasions like Celtic...
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Eilean Briagha: Beautiful Island

The magnificent view from the front doors of the Malagawatch Church, perched atop the hill at the Highland Village in Iona, offers a glimpse of all four counties of Cape Breton and a small sense of the Island’s beauty. When the Gaels arrived from the Highlands of Scotland they brought their language and music. The community of Iona is one...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
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Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...