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Sarah Hoy

Scotland
Sarah Hoy was born into a family steeped in musical tradition. She took up the fiddle aged eight, learning from her father Derek, fiddler with classic Scots band, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, and later with Mairi Campbell, well-known fiddler, singer and step dancer.
Having been an enthusiastic learner at music events in her teens, it was natural for Sarah to turn to helping pass on the music and dancing to a new generation. She has now established her own school for young fiddlers in her area, and has taught round Scotland, in England and the USA.
Sarah plays with a dance band, the Trows. She has performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Edinburgh International Festival, and played for step dancing at Ceolas summer school on South Uist. Sarah taught and performed at Edinburgh Fiddle Festival and featured on ‘Heat The Hoose 2′, a compilation of top Scottish fiddlers at the festival.

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Allie Bennett

Cape Breton
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia native Allie Bennett is in his 39th year in the Canadian Music Industry. He has toured Canada, the U.S., Britain, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and has over 125 album projects to his credit as a studio musician. His name is on over 1,000,000 units sold in Canada and he has worked with John Allan Cameron, Rita MacNeil, Murray McLauchlan, The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Ron Hynes, Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Howie MacDonald, Ashley MacIsaac, Raylene Rankin, Stan Rogers, and many more.
Allie was Musical Director for the 1995 East Coast Music Awards. He was also band leader for the 1997 and 1998 editions of the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and the 2000 and 2001 productions of Howie’s Celtic Brew. In 2003 he was Musical Director of The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton – The Second Coming. In 2004 Allie released a fiddle album, his first solo project, aptly titled “It’s About Time”, and in 2005 he was presented with the East Coast Music Association’s Musicians Achievement Award. Allie will be publishing an Instructional Book on Cape Breton Fiddle in the near future. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he operates a private music school teaching fiddle and guitar, as well as teaching at the Halifax and Bedford Long & McQuade Lesson Centres. Allie continues to work as a studio musician, and tours occasionally with Dave Gunning, as well as a solo performer. In the fall of 2013 he released a new recording called “Full Circle” which is mostly instrumental with some vocal tracks as well.

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Adam Young

Cape Breton
Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from Marion Bridge. His style fits perfectly with the fiddle, adding depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music, with an individual touch that distinguishes it from everyone else’s. There is a certain joy that is evident in his playing; he has the world’s worst poker face.

Adam created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse’s popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has been performed more than 300 times and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States, including a five-week engagement with Jennifer Roland’s band at Dolly Parton’s amusement park in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

This spring and fall, Adam performed with Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller, as well as with his band The Goin’s On, on cruise ships sailing between Halifax and Sydney. In addition to Lyrics & Laughter’s album, Adam can also be heard on recordings by Colin Grant, Jason MacDonald, Eric Angus Whyte, Dara Smith-MacDonald and Marilyn MacKinnon.

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Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier

Scotland
Pianist/vocalist Hamish Napier (Back of The Moon, Man’s Ruin) and fiddler Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No. 5) have joined forces in a duo that explores material from traditional songs and tunes, to contemporary numbers, to their own compositions and improvisation. The duo’s raw creativity and their outstanding musical intuition shines in this set up and performances display a kind of electricity and excitement inspired by the off-the-cuff nature of their arrangements, allowing them to highlight every nuance. Each performance is unique and demonstrates the incredible talent of two of Scotland’s foremost musicians.

Hamish plays piano, keyboards, flutes, whistles and sings. Originally from Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands, he moved down to Glasgow and immersed himself in its famously vibrant music scene while studying at universities there. Hamish has toured in Europe and North America with award-winning Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon and recorded with leading Scottish musicians such as: Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, Duncan Chisholm, Treacherous Orchestra and Eddi Reader.

Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. In his early thirties, he is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers in a thriving scene, drenched with talent. Outfits that Adam has been a part of include The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft no. Five. He has also played with a host of other well-known acts including Salsa Celtica and Manran.

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Betty Lou Beaton

Cape Breton
Betty Lou Beaton is Buddy MacMaster’s youngest sister and it’s clear that his association with fine piano players started at home. The upright piano arrived in the MacMaster home in the early thirties, shipped to the tiny village of Judique by train, arriving on the Judique Flyer complete with a cardboard chart showing the black and white keys and the names of the notes. Betty Lou began playing the piano at the age of five. Although she has a couple of years of piano training, all her Cape Breton piano playing is done by ear. At fourteen years of age, she started playing dances with her brother Buddy and has been accompanying fiddlers for dancers ever since. She is most often paired with her husband, fiddler Kinnon Beaton, and the duo is in high demand to play for dances.

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Beòlach

Cape Breton
Since getting their start at a late night session during the 1998 Celtic Colours International Festival, Beòlach has established itself as one of Cape Breton’s most exciting and innovative traditional bands. Performing a lively mix of Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes, the group features Mairi Rankin (fiddle, step-dance), Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle, piano, step-dance), Patrick Gillis (guitar), Ryan J. MacNeil (pipes, whistles), and Mac Morin (piano).

On stage and on their recordings, Beòlach presents original compositions as well as unique, dynamic arrangements of classic traditional tunes. The band has thrilled audiences at festivals around the world with their energetic performances, witty presentation, and their versatility as dancers and instructors.

Each of the players in Beòlach is an experienced performer in their own right, having played for dances and concerts around Cape Breton and beyond long before they got together as a group. They have released half a dozen solo albums among them and have made individual guest appearances on countless other albums.

Beòlach’s two group recordings, Beòlach (2001) and Variations (2004), were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards and in 2005 the band was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Instrumental Artist.

It is a true pleasure to welcome them back together at Celtic Colours this year.

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Allan Dewar

Nova Scotia
Allan’s background in the Cape Breton musical tradition allowed him to accompany fiddlers like Jerry Holland for dances and ceilidhs, and also to play with new generation fiddlers like Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton and Shelly Campbell.

Growing up in Halifax, Allan’s first thirteen years consisted of regular visits from Dave MacIsaac and anyone else who came to the city for a Cape Breton dance. He started out on acoustic guitar, playing for his sister on fiddle and mother on piano. Around the age of 8, he began to play along on the piano while his mother would play solos or to a tape playing on the stereo. He was instructed to “do it right if you are going to do it at all” and that was all it took for encouragement. There was no formal training of any sort. Allan learned by ear and he attended every concert, dance and house party he could.

Moving to Antigonish at age 13 pushed his interest forward. It was a nerve centre at that time for fiddlers coming to town to take lessons and it was close to Cape Breton. He soon became a regular every summer playing for local dances and “filling in for a set” to give the piano player a break.

Allan has toured around the world with Jerry Holland, Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster and Troy MacGillivray. For the past couple of years, he has worked as Music Director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique.

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All Fired Up

Cape Breton
Colin, Keith and Kyle MacDonald grew up surrounded by music in Foot Cape, Inverness County and have been playing together since they were young. Fluent in Gaelic and employed at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College, Colin stepdances and plays guitar, piano and drums. Through his years at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College, Keith, who also plays pipes with Nuallan, has developed a keen interest in the traditional Cape Breton style of piping which he explores in All Fired Up alongside twin brother Kyle on fiddle, mandolin and percussion.

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