Joella Foulds was brought up on the Canadian Prairies. Her work as a singer goes back to the mid 1960s during the folk era, when she performed in folk clubs to help finance her education. Upon moving to Cape Breton in 1978, she met Rita MacNeil and they formed a band. Joella recorded on two of Rita’s early albums, touring with Rita as her backup singer and guitar-player for six years, performing in hundreds of shows from local pubs to huge festivals and theatres across Canada, and eventually writing and performing her own songs. For more than 20 years Joella put her performance career on hold as she co-founded and managed the Celtic Colours International Festival. Recently she has returned to the stage with roles in musicals and as a solo performer. Joella made her debut as a Celtic Colours artist in 2016 and in the meantime has released her first solo album. This year Joella will take the stage with Celtic Colours co-founder Max MacDonald.