Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades’ Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms. Their cutting-edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon, and Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music alongside their parents and among artists from around the world—a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music. Their ground-breaking compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by stunning virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on stage. Shannon’s lyrical fiddle, Jeremiah’s searing winds, and Solon’s smooth bass create the rich foundation for this adventurous band. As individuals, Shannon, Solon, and Jeremiah can be heard on dozens of award-winning and nominated recordings. With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family, and an obvious love for each other and their music, The McDades’ sound is immersed in the spirit of improvisation. Featuring both energetic instrumentals and sensitive vocals performed in English and French, this compelling and dynamic group has a new album, called The Empress, coming out in November. This will be the Juno Award winning group’s first time playing at Celtic Colours since 2007.