TheHillsareAlive

The Hills are Alive

The lovely church in the highlands will come to life tonight with songs from Scotland and Newfoundland and some fiddle tunes born out of Ingonish itself. You can’t beat a setting like this for a group like The Once. The globe-trotting trio’s harmonies will ring out into the surrounding hills, wrapped up in the rich musical tapestry of their inspired...
TheNewWaterfordConnection

The New Waterford Connection

Great music has always been a staple in New Waterford. Many of the town’s original settlers came from the Irish seaport of Waterford, and found work in the coal mines established there around the turn of the twentieth century. The collapse of the mining industry in Inverness County in the 1950s prompted many descendants of that area’s Scottish settlers to...
ThePianoSummit

The Piano Summit

In a room once known for its grand old pipe organ, the Highland Arts Theatre will put their beautiful grand piano to good use tonight, hosting this meeting of some of the best piano players we could find. A festival veteran, and past Artist in Residence, David Milligan is a versatile and delightful player, well-known in both the Scottish Trad...
TheUnusualSuspectsofCelticColours

The Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours

What do you call 27 folk musicians playing together as an orchestra? We call it the Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours. When this musical extravaganza first hit our stages in 2004, nobody really knew what to expect. This was a big band playing a repertoire of traditional music, arranged as a folk orchestra and made up of musicians from Scotland...
TheUnusualSuspectsofCelticColoursEncore

The Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours Encore

If you missed Saturday’s performance by the Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours, here’s your chance. We couldn’t bring these 27 amazing musicians together from Scotland, Ireland, BC, Nova Scotia and the UK for only one show. The first Unusual Suspects was created by David Milligan and Corrina Hewat in Scotland. In 2004 we asked them to help us make it...
ThisLoveWillCarry

This Love Will Carry

Love of music and culture is strong in Big Pond, an area rich in traditional tunes and renowned for producing some of Cape Breton’s most well-known and loved songwriters. For more than 50 years, the small community nestled along the western shore of the Bras d’Or Lake has hosted an annual Scottish festival and afternoon concert. In recognition of this...
TwoFiddlesTwoPianosThreeVoices

Two Fiddles, Two Pianos, Three Voices

Natalie MacMaster has been a part of Celtic Colours from year one so it just wouldn’t be right to be celebrating 20 years without Cape Breton’s fiddling ambassador on the stage. She’s back home in Cape Breton tonight with her husband Donnell for an enchanting evening in the grand setting of the Savoy Theatre. Natalie and Donnell will team up...
WayUpDownNorth

Way Up Down North

Three past Artists in Residence, one of our best composers, a dancer to die for, and the return of a brilliant young band; any one of them would be worth the trip down north, but we’ve put them all in one concert, just in case the scenic drive to Aspy Bay isn’t enough to convince you. There will be a...
WhycocomaghGathering

Whycocomagh Gathering

Tonight marks 20 years that we've been gathering at the school in Whycocomagh for songs and tunes during the first weekend of Celtic Colours. And have we got an exciting concert lined up to celebrate our anniversary tonight! In true Whycocomagh Gathering style we'll bring together some good friends, who also happen to be half a dozen of the best...
YoungGaels

Young Gaels

The history of Comunn Féis Mhàbu precedes Celtic Colours by several years. Founded and guided by Maureen MacKenzie, it set out to preserve the Gaelic language and music and dance traditions that were once predominant in the Mabou area. They have continued to provide youth programs every year during the festival and in the summer, and to host Celtic Colours...