Cape Breton

  • Shows:

  • Sunday October 12th
    Celtic Cabaret – Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Colin Grant, Jason Roach and Darren McMullen got together in 2010 for a tour promoting Celtic Colours. The engaging line-up of well-known solo acts—featuring expertly-played fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo—enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to perform as Còig ("Ko-ick" - Scottish Gaelic for “five”) whenever they can. And we’re happy they are together for the Festival this year.

Chrissy Crowley, from Margaree, has an impressive list of awards, nominations, and international appearances. She embraces her Celtic roots and makes them her own, through original compositions coupled with contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes.

Rachel Davis, from Baddeck, spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home. In a genre that sees many performers pushing the envelope and testing new waters, her style of playing trad tunes in a trad way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard, and is so sought after.

Colin Grant, from Sydney, has been touring steadily as a solo performer, and with Sprag Session. His respect for traditional style, combined with his drive to take the Celtic fiddle to new places results in an exciting sound that is as much Buddy MacMaster as it is Ashley MacIssac.

Jason Roach, from Cheticamp, is one of the most impressive piano players you will ever hear. With a style all his own, and an unparalleled intensity on the keys, you'll have to remind yourself that there are other players on the stage.

Darren McMullen, from Hardwoodlands, NS, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist. Easily switching between guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo with Còig, this "swiss-army knife" keeps the rhythms diverse, and is sure to impress with his lead playing of his various 'on-stage weapons'.

With busy solo schedules, these musicians do not get a lot of chances to play together as Còig. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see them in action.

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