You can almost see it from the venue of tonight’s concert, the cherished Canso Causeway. The only road connecting Cape Breton Island to mainland Canada, it’s a beacon of comfort for many. Nothing quite beats the warm feeling in your heart when you first see the green steel framing of the Causeway’s swing bridge after a long stint away from home. Whether you cross the Causeway tonight or not, once you land in Port Hawkesbury, it’s all about family and connection. Beòlach became like a family more than 20 years ago, when a dynamic group of solo performers came together for a late-night session during Celtic Colours. Scottish duo Rachel Walker and Aaron Jones will be getting ready to cross the Causeway in the other direction after the concert, as this is their last show at the Festival this year, so let’s enjoy one more set of songs from this acclaimed duo before they go. Award-winning Québécois trio É.T.É. managed to make their Celtic Colours debut without crossing the Causeway, performing via video in 2020. They’re here now and we look forward to their dynamic and contemporary vision of Québécois trad music, all wrapped up in rich vocal harmonies and deep grooves.