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Festival favourites featured in 2006

10th Celtic Colours International Festival features favourites from past nine years

(Sydney, N.S.) The award-winning Celtic Colours International Festival
celebrates its tenth anniversary with a lineup that features some
audience favourites from the past nine years. Artists from Scotland,
Ireland, Wales, Denmark, Spain, New Zealand, England, USA, and the rest
of Canada will join some of Cape Breton’s finest singers, players,
dancers and tradition bearers in a celebration of North America’s only
living Celtic culture, October 6-14.

Galician piper Carlos Núñez, Scottish favourites David Milligan and
Corrina Hewat of Bachué and accordionist extraordinaire Phil Cunningham
with his long-time pal, fiddler Aly Bain, Irish Gaelic singers Nuala
Kennedy and Brian ÓhEadhra, Danish duos Haugaard & Høirup and Karen
& Helene, Welsh quartet Crasdant and winners of the Best Band at
the 2006 BBC Folk Awards Flook, are only a few of the artists returning
to the Festival this year from overseas. The fantastic fiddle guitar
duo of Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Irish-born singer Michael Black, and
Scottish Baroque trio Ferintosh will be making the journey from USA,
while Newfoundland’s A Crowd of Bold Sharemen, British Columbia’s
Daniel Lapp, and Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant
represent Canada’s coasts and islands. Natalie MacMaster, Buddy
MacMaster, Barra MacNeils, Rita MacNeil, Raylene Rankin, Beòlach and
Gordie Sampson are some of the familiar Cape Breton names performing at
the Festival this year.

The 10th anniversary edition of Celtic Colours International Festival
gets underway October 6 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Arena with
a concert featuring Natalie MacMaster, Carlos Núñez, New Zealand singer
Hayley Westenra and American banjo legend Béla Fleck. A total of 40
concerts and more than 100 workshops will take place during the nine
days of the Festival including a special collaboration of Artists in
Residence Mary Jane Lamond and Scottish Gaelic Singer Mairi MacInnes,
tributes to Cape Breton fiddlers Carl MacKenzie and Dr. Winnie Chafe,
and a reprise of 2004’s hit, The Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours.
Other familiar concerts include Bards and Ballads featuring the songs
and the stories behind them; Women of Song showcasing an assembly of
women singers from Cape Breton, Scotland, and Denmark; Close to the
Floor, a concert focusing on the dance tradition in Cape Breton; The
Original Guitar Summit, with J.P. Cormier, Dave MacIsaac, Scott
Macmillan, Gordie Sampson and John Doyle; and concerts dedicated to
Cape Breton fiddling and piping.

Since its first year in 1997, the Celtic Colours International Festival
has extended the tourism season by a little over a week and had an
economic impact of more than $43 million on the Cape Breton economy.
The internationally recognized event attracted visitors from 27
countries last year and has been named East Coast Music Awards Event of
the Year (2005, 2006); and was awarded the Tourism Industry Association
of Nova Scotia’s Golden Hospitality Award (2005) and the Crystal Award
for Events and Conferences (2002); and recognized as Attractions
Canada’s Top Cultural Event and the American Bus Associations Top Event
in Canada (2001).

The Celtic Colours International Festival schedule is available at
www.celtic-colours.com. Tickets go on sale July 10 and can be purchased
by phone toll free at 1-888-355-7744, locally at 567-3000 or online at
the Festival website. For Festival information, phone 562-6700 locally
or 1-877-285-2321 toll free. For information about accommodations phone
1-800-565-0000.

The Celtic Colours International Festival greatly appreciates the
support of Nova Scotia’s Department of Tourism and Culture, the
Canadian government through ECBC/ACOA, the Department of Canadian
Heritage, Cape Breton Credit Unions, Ultramar, National Car Rentals,
Cape Breton Beverages, Cape Breton University, Inverness County,
Victoria County, Richmond County, Town of Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton
Regional Municipality, Inverary Inn, Telegraph House, Silver Dart
Lodge, Musicstop and media sponsors CBC Maritimes and the Cape Breton
Post.

Call toll free for more information +1(877) 285-2321