More than 20 years ago, six dynamic solo performers came together for a late-night session during Celtic Colours. That session was the spark that lit Beòlach. During the next decade, Beòlach continued to grow artistically through their innovative and exciting arrangements of traditional Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes for fiddle, bagpipes, piano and guitar. Their knowledge of, and passion for, this traditional music shows in their energy onstage, and the natural, easy wit and banter they exchange reflects lifelong friendships, a shared sense of fun, and years of experience as professional musicians. One of the Festival’s Artists in Residence in 2019, Beòlach has delighted audiences throughout the world with their original compositions and unique arrangements of traditional tunes, and their three albums have earned nominations for East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a JUNO award. Beòlach will be one of three groups representing Canada at the World Expo in Dubai this fall, arriving back home just in time to take their spot in Celtic Colours’ closing concert, Saturday Night Live(stream).