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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Fiddle Summit

The big fiddle on the wall behind the stage will be the backdrop for tonight’s fiddle summit, a bringing together of fiddlers from across Canada and from across the Atlantic. Home to Buddy MacMaster and Judique on the Floor days, this community is the perfect place to celebrate this instrument we love so much. Fiddle styles we’ll see tonight include...

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For the Love of Music

It’s no secret that Alexander Graham Bell not only loved music, but was quite a musician himself. As we mark the second year of partnering with the Bell Museum to host a concert in this unique space, we’ll toast the man himself the best way we know how - with music he would surely love. Tonight we’ll hear from three...

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Hometown Roots

We’ll be celebrating hometown roots tonight in the majestic St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, renowned as both a place of worship and host to musical performances throughout the year. Hometown favourites, singer-singwriter Bruce Guthro and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter Stewart MacNeil, were born and raised in this former mining town. Bruce has travelled the world as a much sought after vocalist, currently fronting...

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John MacDougall’s Tunebook

Starting in the early 1970s, fiddler and composer John MacDougall, from Inverness County, would compose 20-50 tunes a day, amassing more than 38,000 in the those four decades. He was very protective of these tunes, believing they came to him from deceased players and so only a handful have ever been reproduced in print. Tonight we will unveil just a...

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Kelly’s Dream

Kelly is the hero of a popular Cape Breton song who “... left us Kelly’s Mountain to perpetuate his name”. The mountain itself is a Victoria County landmark overlooking the Great Bras d’Or. It has been an inspiration for local musicians, writers and artists alike, and is considered sacred ground by Cape Breton’s Mi’kmaq people. Boularderie School lies in the...

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Little Church, Big Heart

The Greenwood United Church makes a charming little venue, located just off the main street in the middle of Baddeck. The intimate room invites you in and welcomes you as soon as you walk through the doors. This warmth and closeness provides a fitting atmosphere for these performers who hold the music so close to their hearts. Newfoundland singer Matthew...

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Louisbourg Crossroads

A cultural crossroads for four centuries, the town of Louisbourg hosts our annual Louisbourg Crossroads concert. When you arrive, you’ll find a scenic town, heavy with salty sea air. As you’re welcomed into the town’s Playhouse, and greeted by gracious staff, you’ll find yourself in one of our most unique and intimate venues. The Louisbourg Playhouse is the next best...

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Mhàbu Matinee

One way culture and tradition survive is by being shared in the community and passed down through generations. Mairi Rankin, Mac Morin and Wendy MacIsaac have each benefitted from this traditional transmission of culture as young musicians and performers, and have done their part to pass it on. Margaret Stewart has carried on the traditional Gaelic singing of Scotland’s Isle...

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Music of the Night: Musique de la nuit

It’s Friday night in the French fortress town of Louisbourg, in the middle of the 18th century. Music and laughter spill out onto the streets as villagers gather at pubs and restaurants. Conversation mingles with music over a delicious meal while lively tunes draw the dancers to the hall. Experience it all for yourself at this one-of-a-kind night on the...

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Pipers’ Ceilidh

One of Celtic Colours’ most endearing concerts each year is the Pipers’ Ceilidh. This year’s concert takes a long look back at the tradition behind the pipes, and how that tradition is being studied, absorbed and brought into the future. Seudan features four vibrant young Highland bagpipers, anchored by the traditional piper and Gaelic singer Allan MacDonald, who comes from...

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Pipes, Fiddles and Song: Pìobaireachd, Fìdhlearachd agus Òrain

The beauty of this church shines brightest in the daytime as sunlight pours through its stained glass windows. St. Matthew’s will be filled with tunes and songs today, shared among family and friends from Scotland and Cape Breton. Inverness County square dance royalty Kinnon and Betty will be joined by their daughter Andrea. Betty’s grand-nephew Joe, and Seudan—a group of...

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Pjila’si: A Wagmatcook Welcome

Pjila’si means welcome in Mi’kmaw and tonight we celebrate our fortune to have such welcoming First Nations communities on the Island. From the time the Scottish settlers first arrived here, they were shown true kindness by the Mi’kmaq people. Singer Evan Googoo will extend a welcome to visitors from near and far, including IVA, a throat-singer, poet and writer from...

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Raising the Roof

Boisdale is one of those communities where traditional music, language and dancing have remained central to the way of life since the land was settled by Scottish immigrants in the early 1800s. Most of these settlers were from Barra and some say you can still hear a touch of the Barra accent in the local Gaelic. Community gatherings tend to...

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Saturday Night at the Savoy

This Saturday night at the Savoy you will be treated to one of folk music’s busiest trios, McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle. From touring with the likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and Joan Baez to being founding or long-time members of legendary groups Flook, Lunasa, Battlefield Band and Solas, these three lads have been at the forefront of trad music’s...

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Songs and Stories

There’s nothing like an afternoon of songs and stories in a quiet country setting to renew your spirit and set your soul flying. The North River Community Hall is just the place for such an occasion. Festival Club host, and one of this year’s Artists in Residence Buddy MacDonald, is originally from the nearby North Shore. He will make a...

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Songs from Scratch

As the title implies, these are songs created just for you, from scratch, here at Celtic Colours. Borrowing on the idea of the Burns House song creation project in Scotland, we’re making this a completely Canadian endeavor in light of Canada’s big 150th birthday. Artist in Residence James Keelaghan, Cape Breton native Bruce Guthro, Prince Edward Island darling Catherine MacLellan,...

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Step into the Past

Go back in time this evening as one of the Festival’s most popular concerts invites you to Step into the Past at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The Fortress, North America’s largest historical reconstruction, offers a glimpse of life in colonial Cape Breton around the 1740s. If you are fortunate enough to get a ticket to this perennially sold out show,...

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Taking to Talisk

Being taken to task is generally a bad thing; you’ve done something wrong and now have to face the music. In this case though, we’re talking about taking to Talisk, and in that context, having to face the music is nothing but pure pleasure. Talisk is an award- winning trio based in Scotland who have been turning heads since they...

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