Variety is the spice that makes life interesting, and our first performer tonight can certainly attest to that. Gordie Sampson’s early career included topping the pop charts with his band Realworld, winning awards for his own albums, playing with and producing fiddling phenom Ashley MacIsaac, touring with The Rankin Family, and joining Canadian folk music icon Rita MacNeil’s band on her weekly CBC TV show Rita and Friends. He’s produced records for the East Pointers and Port Cities and had his songs covered by Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and a long list of other established and up-and-coming artists. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist songwriter’s roots are firmly planted on Cape Breton where he grew up, and we’re overjoyed that he could be here to join in the October fun that is Celtic Colours for the first time since 2008. Chester, Nova Scotia’s banjo-playing singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke will spice up tonight’s concert with his heartfelt, humourous, and insightful songs about life, love, and the world at large. We’ll continue to spice things up with the combination of Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton and Tracey Dares MacNeil. Troy and Andrea have a long history of playing concerts, dances, and touring together and late last year, they released Face The Music, an album recorded at a dance in Creignish during Celtic Colours. Tracey’s deft touch on the keyboards will complete this trio with an ease and grace that many artists yearn for.