Barn Bhreagh

Featuring musicians Morgan Toney, Isabella Samson, Jesse Cox, and Keith Mullins, Barn Bhreagh has been characterized as a travelling singer-songwriter circle where the musicians all play on each other’s songs. Morgan Toney is an award-winning 23-year-old Mi’kmaq singer-songwriter and fiddler from Wagmatcook First Nation who combines his Mi’kmaq roots with his love of Cape Breton Celtic tunes. Eighteen-year-old folk-pop singer-songwriter Isabella Samson is an up-and-coming East Coast/Acadian artist, born and raised on Cape Breton, who has been part of the local music scene for a number of years. Winner of the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year, Isabella released her debut album If It’s Not Forever earlier this year. Surrounded by music from a young age—being hauled around music venues by his touring folk musician parents—raspy-voiced Jesse Cox’s songs are grounded, rootsy, and earthy, like his Cape Breton home “down north”. The group came together when Toney, Samson, and Cox were each working with award-winning producer and musician Keith Mullins on solo albums at his Barn Bhreagh Studios. Now they are wowing crowds wherever they play with their high-energy and diverse shows that seamlessly blend their varied influences and backgrounds into a sound that is solidly based in folk, roots, and indigenous traditions, and the joy of making music together.

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