August 12, 1999 Sydney, N.S. – For the third consecutive year, the sounds of the Celtic Colours International Festival will be available for enjoyment long after the audiences have gone home. How you ask? With the production of the 1999 Celtic Colours compilation CD – Forgotten Roots.
This is the third consecutive year for a compilation of Celtic Colours artists with Forgotten Roots following hugely successful releases of The Road Home (1997) and The Second Wave (1998). All three CDs were produced by Stephen MacDonald Productions. “The same kind of spirit that comes out of the festival comes from putting together this kind of compilation,” says producer Stephen MacDonald. “Meeting people and experiencing different styles of music.”
Edited and mastered by Paul MacDonald and Jamie Foulds at the new Soundpark Studio in Irish Cove Cape Breton, Forgotten Roots is a listening experience which will evoke a range of emotions. Cape Bretoners will feel the connection to their Celtic roots while visitors and expatriates will quickly be transported to the atmosphere of the Island.
Forgotten Roots is an effective way to introduce yourself to Celtic Colours and to get acquainted with the artists who will be performing at this year’s festival. A compilation like this is especially useful for audiences who may not be familiar with some or all of the artists who will be performing during the 1999 Festival.
Some of the famed international entertainers who contributed their talents to Forgotten Roots include: Dougie MacLean (Scotland), Llan de Cubel (Asturia, Spain), Maggie MacInnes (Scotland), Alain Genty (Brittany, France), Bachue (Scotland), Soig Siberil (Brittany), Joe Derrane (USA), Chris Norman and Alasdair Fraser (USA & Scotland), Cherish the Ladies (USA), Paddy Keenan (Boston), The Black Family (Ireland) and the Wrigley Sisters (Orkney, Scotland ). They are joined on the compilation by Cape Breton artists: Natalie MacMaster & Buddy MacMaster, Mary Jane Lamond and Carl MacKenzie. Artists contributing previously unreleased tracks include the award winning guitarist Dave MacIsaac and the exhilarating Celtic band
Forgotten Roots was released with an introduction to, and celebration of, the music on Thursday, August 12, 1999, at the Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay, NS. One of the artists featured on the CD, Cape Breton fiddler Carl MacKenzie, performed accompanied by the talented Dougie MacPhee on piano.
This year’s Celtic Colours International Festival will take place from October 8 – 16, 1999 in communities throughout the Island at the height of Cape Breton’s beautiful fall foliage. The past two Festivals have proven hugely successful and the 9-day celebration is ever increasing in popularity as a dynamic international event. Last year, over 300 artists performed at 32 venues in 25 different communities. Almost 13,000 tickets were sold with forty percent of those from off-Island. The 1998 economic impact was estimated at $3.96 million.