It may sound strange at first, but many locals refer to northern Cape Breton, particularly northern Victoria County, as “down north”. The seemingly counter-intuitive term is a leftover from the days of sailing ships when vessels were carried north by the winds of the Gulf Stream. These days we travel mostly by road, and a trip down north will take you along the breathtakingly beautiful Cabot Trail. Whether on the clockwise route north from Chéticamp, or coming through the Ingonish area on the east side of the Island, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Cape Breton Highlands and the rocky shore below. Once you arrive at Aspy Bay, on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, you are in for a real treat. Grammy Award winning duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, who have been called “the king and queen of the banjo”, present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. They will share the stage tonight with another pair of versatile, highly-acclaimed masters of stringed instruments, J.P. Cormier and Ray Legere. And you thought the scenery on the way to the concert would be the most spectacular part of your day!