When women put pen to paper, take an instrument in hand, or step to the floor, the results are powerful, evocative, and profound. A Woman’s Heart brings together some of the female perspective that we are so grateful for at our annual festival. Mary Jane Lamond and Cathy Ann MacPhee are wonderful ambassadors of Gaelic song. Representing both sides of the ocean, they show how the songs have travelled and land here together. Nuala Kennedy is an internationally-acclaimed musician who happens to keep great musical company, too. She’ll be joined by Tara Breen (fiddle) and Tony Byrne (guitar) to keep the beat while Irish dancer Siobhán Butler matches the rhythms with her feet. Chéticamp native Nicole LeBlanc performs her own songs as well as those from her Acadian tradition while Emma Stevens has taken her Mi’kmaw language to new heights through song. Nicole and Emma will be accompanied by Carter Chiasson, MusiCounts 2020 Teacher of the Year from Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni. Rachel Davis is a fiddler and singer from Baddeck, inspired and guided by her maternal grandfather, Clarence Long. With Darren McMullen, they form half of celebrated Cape Breton band Còig. Their lively, syncopated dance music will punctuate the matching rhythms of noted Highland and Step dancer Jenny MacKenzie. Debuting at the Festival this year is The Fare Thee Well, a new duo featuring Rosie MacKenzie and Shannon Quinn—each equally adept at fiddle and vocals. They will be joined by bass-player Ron Hynes for tonight’s concert.