Welcome to Celtic Colours International Festival At Home. While we would dearly love to have you all here on Cape Breton Island to celebrate the Festival’s 24th year, we are thrilled to be able to bring you nine days of lively entertainment streamed directly to you at home or wherever you may be taking in our shows. We’ll kick things off with some familiar faces from home. Ashley MacIsaac is always right at home on Cape Breton. For this concert, Ashley will remind us of his incredible versatility when he teams up with Hilda Chiasson on piano and a guest appearance by Steve MacIntyre on vocals. Always a mentor to up-and-coming musicians, Ashley will also share the stage with We’koma’q First Nation fiddler Morgan Toney, Mary Beth Carty, and Stoney Bear Singers from Eskasoni First Nation for a once-in-a-lifetime, cross-cultural collaboration. In 2019, we welcomed the newly crowned North American Champion Grade 5 Cape Breton University pipe band to Centre 200’s stage in our opening show. This year we will feature the band’s organizing pipers, Trevor Kellock and Ryan J. MacNeil, along with Boyd MacNeil from the Barra MacNeils, to showcase the all-important highland bagpipes. Cape Breton-Scottish step dance is a visible extension of syncopated piano chording and punchy strathspeys and reels. Tonight we feature some wonderful ambassadors of this close to the floor style with Amanda MacDonald, Melanie MacDonald, Gerard Beaton and Harvey Beaton.