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Joey Beaton

Cape Breton
Joey Beaton’s musical career began on the piano at age thirteen and he has become one of the most respected piano accompanists of Scottish music in Cape Breton. Joey has performed in Canada, the United States and in the Scottish homeland on numerous occasions. He is an acknowledged authority on Scottish and Cape Breton music and has presented lectures and workshops throughout Canada and the U.S. From 1971-1979, Joey was a principle organizer of the Glendale Fiddlers Festivals and he hosted CIGO radio’s popular Highland Fling program from 1975-1977. As a composer, Joey has published two books of his own music, Mabou Music (1980) and Tunes & Ties (1997).

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Joël Chiasson

Cape Breton
Joel Chiasson is a veteran piano player and step dancer from Cheticamp, Cape Breton. Citing Hilda Chiasson as his biggest influence, Joel has provided piano accompaniment on more than 25 recordings by artists including Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Buddy MacMaster and Andrea Beaton over the past 20 years. In the late 1990s, Joel toured extensively with Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Over the years, Joel has taught Cape Breton style step dancing through workshops across Canada and the United States. Today Joel lives in Sydney with his family and works as a school teacher, but thankfully he still manages to get out and play for concerts and dances in and around Cape Breton.

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Joanne MacIntyre

Cape Breton
Joanne MacIntyre comes from Mabou Coal Mines, Inverness County where she was raised in a culture rich environment of Scotch music, dance and Gaelic language. She has sung on stages around Cape Breton since her teen years, bringing the island’s distinct style and “swing” to appreciative listening audiences. For five years, Joanne was a regular performer at Highland Village as a Gaelic singer, step dancer and story interpreter. She now teaches Gaelic language and Gaelic Studies at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou, passing on her knowledge and passion for the language and its attendant culture to younger generations. A Lochaber descendant, Joanne continues to expand her repertoire of songs from the Cape Breton and Inverness County Gaelic tradition. As the recipient of 2012 Big Sampie award, Joanne will be releasing her debut album of Gaelic songs, Craobh a’ Mhathain, just in time for this year’s Festival.

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Jes Kroman

Denmark
Jes is a leading exponent of the rich Scandinavian tradition, with repertoire that pulls from his Quebec and Cape Breton influences. Nominated for a Danish music award in 2006 in the categories Folk Artist of the Year, and Debut of the Year, Jes (on fiddle) is appearing solo for the tribute show to Joe Peter whom he admired and considered a musical friend, in addition to his band gigs, with Fionia String Band.

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Jennifer Roland Band

Cape Breton
Jennifer has been wowing audiences in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, England, Scotland, the Arctic and all across Canada and the US for years. She performed at Festival of the Nations at Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2009 for 5 weeks and was featured in the Fiery Fiddles 6 week series at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri in 2010. Jennifer’s performances are always filled with emotion and energy, and she has three albums to her credit—two of which earned her East Coast Music Award nominations in the Instrumental Recording of the Year category (2001, 2007). Jennifer continues to tour, compose music and owns and operates her own school of music in Dance. Jennifer’s band includes Jason Kempt (piano), Keith Mullins (percussion), Lyndon MacKenzie (guitar), Allie Bennett (bass), and dancers Shelby Matthews and Courteney Waye.

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Jason MacDonald & Friends

Cape Breton
Jason MacDonald is an entertainer who reels listeners in with his dynamic acoustic musicianship and keeps them beguiled with his storytelling through the authentic songs he writes based on real-life experiences.

The home he makes with his wife and two young daughters in the close-knit community of Gabarus Lake, Cape Breton, both in and out of doors, is a source of songwriting inspiration that seemingly never goes dry. Jason draws on the stories of his family — including his grandparents — who had deep roots in the Gabarus Lake area, not to mention his own experiences fishing lobster, building houses, crafting furniture, growing Christmas trees, hosting a radio program, and, of course, writing songs and playing his music for fans from Mabou to Milwaukee.

He draws inspiration from his listeners as he travels a steady circuit that includes Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the New England states, not to mention the fellow singer-songwriters he interviews on his show “Meet The Music” on The Coast CKOA 89.7FM radio station.

Joining Jason for Celtic Colours this year will be Wally MacAulay on guitar and vocals, Anita MacDonald on fiddle, and Adam Young on piano.

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Jamie Robinson

Nova Scotia
Jamie has remained at the top of the list of ‘first call’ players in eastern Canada for over 15 years. As a multi-styled, multi-instrumentalist musician/sideman, Jamie has and continues to work alongside many of the highest profile artists in the region – Jimmy Rankin, The Rankin Family, Gordie Sampson, George Canyon, Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Damhnait Doyle, Dave Gunning, Christina Martin, Symphony Nova Scotia and dozens more.

In addition to his work as a sideman, Jamie is also highly sought after for his musical direction and band leading skills. This has led to countless calls for television, radio and live engagements including several years as musical director and house-band leader for the nationally televised East Coast Music Awards, musical director for the Canada Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies, and musical director for ‘Come On In’ – Atlantic Canada’s musical contribution to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

As a producer, Jamie is perhaps best known for his work with multiple awardwinning singer/songwriter Dave Gunning, having produced six of his recordings, including his latest, ‘No More Pennies’. In 2011, Jamie produced the latest release by Raylene Rankin. Jamie is also a prolific songwriter having written with and/or for such artists as Jimmy Rankin, Patricia Conroy, Gordie Sampson, George Canyon, Small Town Pistols (Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson), Melissa Rae Barrie, Jason McCoy, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Dave Gunning, Carleton Stone and many others.

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J.P. Cormier

Cape Breton
J.P. Cormier is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who reads the times with songs. He has released more than a dozen records including two career retrospectives, and a book of the tunes featured on his guitar album. J.P.’s impressive body of work has earned him a vast and loyal fan base and multiple award nominations and wins, including 12 East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Award, 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards, Juno nominations, commendations from the Governor General of Canada and Premier of Nova Scotia.

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