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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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Fiddlers’ Homecoming: 50 Years at the Doryman

On Cape Breton Island, we are blessed with a vibrant culture, rich traditions, and an abundance of music. We know that it's important to give thanks, not only to the musicians and composers who keep the music and culture alive, but also to those who support it and give it a platform to flourish. For 50 years, fans of fiddle...
FortheLoveofMusic

For the Love of Music

"I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all!" A great lover of music, and a fine piano player himself, Alexander Graham Bell’s praise for his summer home surely wasn’t just about the scenery. His spirit will...
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Forever in Our Hearts

As we open this milestone celebration of Celtic Colours, our hearts are full remembering so many special artists from our 20-year history. Over the years we have made many musical friends around the world, and lost some wonderful musicians and culture bearers who contributed so much to the Island’s legacy and culture. Tonight, with Scott Macmillan as conductor with the...
GentleWarriors

Gentle Warriors

Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe challenged indigenous youth to find their voices, share their stories, and celebrate their talents. “Gentle Warrior” is a song written by students and staff at the Allison Bernard Memorial High School in response to Joe's poem “I Lost My Talk”. Since time began, language has been a defining feature in the identity of a people. Saving...
GuitarSummit

Guitar Summit

When we introduced the Guitar Summit 20 years ago, the guitar was starting to find its way more into the mainstream of Celtic music. It seems like John Allan Cameron and Estwood Davidson had always been there, picking pipe tunes and accompanying the fiddle, but in the mid-1990s, the guitar took on a new popularity for playing tunes, as evidenced...
InvernesstoInverness

Inverness to Inverness

The link between Inverness in Scotland and its namesake in Cape Breton has always been strong. It starts with language and extends to the repertoire and style of the music. Today in the beautiful church in the village we bring the Scottish Gaelic roots to the community that has proudly called itself Inverness. Cruinn is based in the original Inverness....
KellysDream

Kelly’s Dream

Kelly’s dream will come true tonight with songs, fiddles and guitars echoing across the water as the best of friends get together for a rare dust up. Expect a good old time of traditional Cape Breton tunes, and some contemporary classics with Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert and Hilda Chiasson on the stage. Stuart Cameron will be on hand to pick...
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Lappin’ it Up in Lower River

The musical world is one filled with collaborations and reunions, and one of the great tenets of Celtic Colours is bringing folks together, sometimes for the first time, and occasionally time and time again. Daniel Lapp had Tony McManus on his Reunion CD back in 2002, and J.P. and Tony have crossed paths many times, especially at our Guitar Summit...
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Louisbourg Crossroads

There will be loads of energy, joy and all kinds of love in the room when good friends and family meet at the Louisbourg Crossroads tonight. Scottish-Irish-Cape Breton band The Outside Track and The East Pointers from PEI are great pals who have gone out of their way to sit and take in each other's performances over the years, championing...
MasterandApprentice

Master and Apprentice

Culture is kept alive by passing traditions down through generations and among family members. This is particularly evident on Cape Breton Island where young and old alike take advantage of every opportunity to gather for music and dance, whether at a local square dance or in a ceilidh at someone’s home. And sometimes, without specifically trying, the older generations become...
MenoftheDeepsat50

Men of the Deeps at 50

During a year of anniversaries and milestones, we are happy to celebrate the Men of the Deeps’ golden anniversary with a special performance at one of our most beautiful venues, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Sydney Mines. It’s been 50 years since the singing miners first donned their signature overalls and helmets to sing about the work and life of...
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Music of the Night: Musique de la nuit

In the mid 18th century, the Fortress of Louisbourg was bustling with activity. Built to protect the French settlements in the New World, it was a small but sophisticated replica of its mother country. Tonight we’ll take you back and bring to life the village within the historic reconstructed Fortress, before it fell to the British. There were restaurants filled...
NoBoundaries

No Boundaries

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something catches you by surprise. Tonight in the wee church in Baddeck, that is a distinct possibility. The first time Tim Edey came to Celtic Colours he was with his musical buddy, harmonica whiz Brendan Power. Audiences were over the moon with excitement! So, although Tim has been back a few times...
NorthsideWelcome

Northside Welcome

North Sydney is known for its warm welcome to the many people who are crossing Canada and pass through this port town on the ferry to Newfoundland. Tonight their visitors come from far and wide as they greet artists from Ireland, North Carolina, the Ottawa Valley, West Mabou and right here at home. April Verch is no stranger to Celtic...
OnceUponaTime

Once Upon a Time

We are blessed with historic buildings, for the heritage and history they represent. The Old Sydney Society was established in 1966 to preserve St. Patrick’s Church in Sydney's historic northend. Once upon a time, people came from as far as Sydney Mines and Louisbourg to worship at the Pioneer Gothic style stone sanctuary. The oldest Roman Catholic church on Cape...
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Pipers’ Ceilidh: The Currie Connection

During the first Celtic Colours in 1997, we featured a tribute to the tradition of dance music for the highland bagpipes as played by community pipers on Cape Breton Island. Dance to the Piper was dedicated to Alex Currie, who embodied this tradition, and the concert recognized a resurgence in popularity of this style of playing among a younger generation...
RaisintheBar

Raisin’ the Bar

It’s been a busy week, but tonight’s not the night to take a break. Tonight’s the night to raise the bar, and we’ve lined up three high-energy bands to help you to the task. From concert stages to the Festival Club, The East Pointers had crowds dancing wherever they went last year at Celtic Colours. This fiddle, banjo and guitar...
RaisingtheRoof

Raising the Roof

Our popular concert in Boisdale has been raising the roof of the firehall for years now, and we’re starting to wonder how much higher it can go. With a lineup including Gaelic vocals, Cape Breton tunes, and the best of Irish music, tonight’s show will test the limits once again. The sensational Irish-English foursome of Flook take traditional tunes to...
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Rising to the Rafters

There’s nothing quite like the sounds of beautiful music in a church. Heavenly harmonies will rise to the rafters tonight in this lovely church in Sydney River as the Cape Breton Chorale shares its repertoire of classical, new and traditional songs. The Chorale has been thrilling audiences in Canada, Scotland and Ireland since its formation more than thirty years ago...
StepintothePast

Step into the Past

We are proud to present this very special experience to our Celtic Colours audience for the 20th time. We are blessed to have one of the finest reconstructed historic sites in North America. A treasured National Historic Site of Canada, the Fortress of Louisbourg has been one of our venues since our first festival and has consistently been the first...
TheBoysandtheirBallads

The Boys and their Ballads

Everybody has a story to tell, but it’s a rare gift to be able to spin those stories into song. The best of the best make it look easy, taking their most personal experiences and making you feel them as your own. Tonight we will hear from some incredible storytellers, sharing their deepest insights and baring their souls as they...
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The Cape Breton Fiddlers

They are the grass roots of our fiddle tradition and the keepers of our repertoire. For more than a generation, the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association has been dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Cape Breton fiddle music. Formed while preparing for the first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 1973, the Association plays a nurturing role as well as a...