A Chéticamp Soirée

Chéticamp is home to a vibrant culture, rich traditions, and an abundance of music and dance. Soirées are hosted throughout the year in this community, and with Celtic Colours here, throughout the week as well, including this evening at La Place des arts Père Anselme Chiasson. Sylvia makes Chéticamp her home. Her voice is like no other and you will...

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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. More generally, it also refers to a schedule of events. At Celtic Colours, we know A Full Slate means L’Ardoise will have a full agenda tonight. First up, Cherish the Ladies. Featuring flute, whistle,...

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A Tribute to Leon Dubinsky

Leon Dubinsky’s contribution to the Cape Breton songbook includes such well-known and loved songs as “Rise Again”, “Josephine”, "Barbecue", "Open Your Heart" and “Workin’ at the Woolco”. A songwriter, musician, actor, and teacher, the Sydney native was musical director of the Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island and the Cape Breton Summertime Revue. A founding member of the popular...

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Acadian Roots

It’s no coincidence that Celtic Colours begins on the Thanksgiving weekend. We have much to be thankful for in our corner of the world. On this Thanksgiving Monday, we’ll travel down the road to D’Escousse, a lovely Acadian village on Isle Madame, to celebrate our Canadian and Cape Breton French roots with some Acadian and Québécois music and dance. Bon...

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Along the Shores of Bras d’Or

Big Pond is a community with a rich legacy of traditional tunes and celebrated songwriters. This concert reflects the place of importance music holds in the area. Blanche Sophocleous is a singer and guitar- player from Big Pond who performed in the folk group Sons of Skye during the 1970s and ‘80s. Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen, bandmates in Còig,...

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Big Ceilidh at the Big Fiddle

Whether this is your first show of the week or one in a long line of concerts, you’ll cherish the outstanding artists we have on the “Big Fiddle” stage tonight. If you didn’t get to see Alison Brown and her band from Nashville yet, this is your last chance at this year’s Festival. Alison plays banjo, but you rarely find...

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Bridge Over the Atlantic

Countless trips have been made between Scotland, Cape Breton, and back again. The ties between these lands go back centuries to the Scottish Highland Clearances that were largely responsible for populating many areas of Nova Scotia, and especially Cape Breton Island. When those settlers came, they brought their most prized possesions: their culture, language, dance and music. Acting as a...

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Ceilidh anns a’Bhraigh: Ceilidh in the Glen

Glendale takes ceilidhs to a whole new level. Known for their generous hospitality and enduring Gaelic customs, Glendale residents continue to make culture a top priority. Following their lead, artists in tonight’s show also live and breathe their cultural roots. Margaret Stewart is known internationally for her impeccable Gaelic singing and grasp of Gaelic history. She’ll be joined by Allan...

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Celebrating Dr. Dave

Tonight many of Dave MacIsaac’s friends and contemporaries will be on hand to play in his honour and help celebrate this living legend. Dave is a musician’s musician and is called upon for his invaluable recollection of tunes, tune names and tune origins. He’s also the one to provide great “dirt” in his fiddle playing and is well-known for his...

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Celtic Cabaret

There’s no better way to wrap up a long weekend than to get together with friends, watch some fabulous live music, and raise a glass. Tonight’s Cabaret offers all that and more with a little something for everyone. Nuala Kennedy, Eamon O’Leary and John Doyle form The Alt and have travelled from all corners of the world to be here...

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Celtic Guitar Summit

Oh, what those wooden walls in Judique have heard over our 20 years of Guitar Summits. Number 21 is looking like a house party for the ages and you’re invited. But get in the door before it’s full, and grab a chair as these multi- talented guitar pickers welcome you to their party. J.P. and Dave go way back. J.P....

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Celtic Pub

Celtic Colours has wisely and knowingly been described as a marathon not a sprint, and however well you may or may not have paced yourself this week, the final weekend is here. You deserve a little celebration for making it this far and the Inverary Inn in Baddeck is just the place to make it happen. Settle in to the...

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Celtic Roots

When considering the health of one’s cultural roots, it can often be helpful to take a look at where we’re at in order to help ensure its strength for the generations to come. A snapshot of tonight’s concert reveals that each of these performers happens to be under the age of 40, yet all have accomplished great things within that...

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Close to the Floor

Like praising “the dirt” in one’s fiddle-playing, “close to the floor” is the highest compliment that can be paid to a step dancer, and an apt description of the cream of the crop in tonight’s show. Every performer on this stage can say they started dancing at a very young age, including Rodney MacDonald. From just a stone’s throw away,...

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Còmhla Cruinn: Gathered Together

Gaelic culture runs deep in Christmas Island where the traditions have been kept up for generations. Comunn Féis an Eilein has played a key role in maintaining the culture here, encouraging the community to preserve and promote their Gaelic roots. They host a Celtic Colours concert each year and have been presenting the annual Féis an Eilein since the early...

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Concert by the Canal

Tonight’s Concert on the Canal in St. Peter’s offers an exciting mix of tradition and inspiration with tunes on fiddle and guitar, some uncommon banjo playing, songs from the Irish tradition, and step dancers from just down the road. Acclaimed as one of today’s most innovative banjo players, Alison Brown is well-known for leading an ensemble of roots-influenced music. After...

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Cow Bay Ceilidh

The great folks in Port Morien roll out the welcome mat for all visitors to the Festival, which is how they roll in these parts. You’ll be glad you came, not only for the hospitality, but for the amazing set of artists performing this evening as well. Hailing from the US, Alison Brown is a virtuoso on the banjo, with...

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Craic’n Cabaret

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this long weekend in Canada, why not take advantage of the extra day off by getting together with friends for drinks and tunes? You can bet there will be plenty of “craic” on the go at the Cabaret with this amazing lineup of singers, dancers and players from Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and Newfoundland. Phil...

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Dancing Up a Suête

Chéticamp is a culturally rich and vibrant Acadian community located along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island’s northwest coast, where the south-east winds, known as les suêtes, blow strong onshore and dancing is practically second nature. For 20 years La Swing du Suête dance troupe, comprised of students at L’École NDA in Chéticamp, has been promoting and presenting Acadian...

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Deep Roots, Many Branches

The Celtic diaspora has many branches, even extending into the furthest reaches of the southern United States. Rhiannon Giddens, of Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drop fame, will astound with her deeply soulful vocals, instrumental prowess on fiddle and banjo, and a little Gaelic puirt-a-bheul to top it all off. Paired with Dirk Powell, no stranger to Celtic Colours, their roots...

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Eilean Briagha: Beautiful Island

When the Gaels arrived from Scotland, they brought their language and music. The community of Iona is one of the places they settled. Rich in Gaelic heritage, the area has maintained close ties to the roots of its settlers and the Highland Village has played an important role in maintaining that cultural heritage. Renowned Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart comes from...

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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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