The Cape Breton Fiddlers

Enjoy the Island’s rich fiddling tradition this afternoon with the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association at their homebase, The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s. This Association, made up of amateur as well as professional and well-known players and composers, has been dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Cape Breton fiddle music since the early 1970s. The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association has...

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The Grand Finale

We’re back in Port Hawkesbury to wrap up the 21st Celtic Colours International Festival, and have we got a Grand Finale for you! We’ll catch up with our Artists in Residence, Buddy MacDonald and James Keelaghan, who have something special lined up for us tonight. Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell bring the richest of Cajun and Appalachian folk traditions together,...

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Tunes from the Northside

Tunes just seem to be synonymous with the north side of the Island, principally North Sydney and further north along the Cabot Trail. And tonight the tunes will be flowing in the beautiful St. Matthew Wesley Church. The legendary Brenda Stubbert, who calls North Sydney home, will be joined by Paul MacDonald on guitar and Doug MacPhee on piano, well-known...

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Tunes on the Mira

The Mira River is a beauty to behold, inspiring tribute in song and recognition around the world. The river makes its way past the communities of Albert Bridge, Marion Bridge and Mira Gut, then out to Mira Bay. Warm hospitality, good music and good times have always been the way along the river, where sharing songs and playing tunes is...

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Unama’ki Mawio’mi: A Cape Breton Gathering

Unama’ki is the Mi’kmaw name for Cape Breton. Today we get together in Eskasoni for a mawio’mi, or gathering, alongside the Bras d’Or Lake. The Mi’kmaw culture is deeply rooted here, with strong ties to Cape Breton Gaelic and Acadian traditions, including a shared love of music, dance and poetic expression. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley, who comes from a long line...

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United in Music

One of the great aspects of Celtic Colours is the bringing together of artists and music lovers, united in music. New Waterford and its residents have an undying love for Cape Breton music and have seen their share of lively ceilidhs over the years. With this mind, we knew Calvin United Church would be the perfect place to feature this...

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Way Up Down North

It may sound strange at first, but many locals refer to northern Cape Breton as “down north”. The seemingly counter-intuitive term is left over from the days of sailing ships when vessels were carried north by the winds of the Gulf Stream. These days we travel mostly by road, and a trip down north will take you along the Cabot...

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We Walk As One: The Grand Opening

Celtic Colours kicks off its 21st year with a return to Centre 200. Featuring some well-known names alongside a few new faces, this concert sets the tone for the “week” to come with some truly outstanding players, singers and dancers. Tonight we’ll see artists from Scotland, Ireland, Nunavut, and from right here at home. It is very exciting to welcome...

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Whycocomagh Gathering

Musical memories will be made here tonight in Whycocomagh. If you didn’t see Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle yet, don’t miss this chance. Seeing this trio is a rare treasure and it has taken years for us to get them here. Be sure to catch them tonight in their last gig of the Festival. This is also Cape...

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Women of Song

Tonight we are honoured to present some very special voices dear to Celtic Colours and to the Island itself. Heather Rankin’s voice is certainly a familiar one as a member of Cape Breton band The Rankins. Multi- instrumentalist and singer Lucy MacNeil is also a familiar voice across Canada and around the world. Her crystalline vocals are immediately identifiable with...

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