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Enjoy great new videos from the 2011 Festival

Originally shot by our friends at Live Online Canada as part of a new initiative in 2011 that saw nine Celtic Colours shows live streamed to an audience around the world, a few of the many highlights from the streamed shows that have been edited in high definition and released throughout the summer as we look forward to Celtic Colours 2012.

From 2011′s opening gala in Port Hawkesbury – Appalachian fiddler Bruce Molsky with the Jumpsteady Boys and a guest appearance by global dance academic and general whiz of rhythm Nic Gareiss.

From 2011′s Taste of the Festival concert – Irish legends The Black Family featuring Mary Black with the beautiful song, “I Live Not Where I Love.”

Closing night concert of the 15th Celtic Colours International Festival, 2011 at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillion, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at the ‘Women of Song’ concert of the 15th Celtic Colours International Festival, 2011 at St. Andrew’s United Church, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS. Enjoy this moment from 2011′s Women of Song concert featuring some of the premier traditional musicians in the world – Mary Jane Lamond and Cathy Ann MacPhee sharing a Gàidhlig song that traveled across the pond.

Enjoy this finale moment from the 2011′s A Ceilidh for Alice concert featuring some of the premier traditional musicians in the world – Ashley MacIsaac, Andrea Beaton, Rodney MacDonald, Robbie Fraser, Gillian Boucher, Glenn Graham, Dawn Beaton, Margie Beaton, Isaac Fraser, Douglas Cameron, Barbara MacDonald Magone, Joanne MacIntrye and Alice Freeman.

Alice Freeman carried on a movement started by Maureen (Rankin) MacKenzie by having weekly summer ceilidhs at the Inverness Firehall featuring up and coming local talent. It became the first stage for many performers to get their feet wet and earn a little pocket change for those going on to university. At each ceilidh, all of the musicians would get together to open the ceilidh (usually with a set of jigs), and each would take their turn, at Alice’s call. After the audience would learn and sing a Gaelic song under Alice’s direction, all of the performers that evening would gather once again, pick some tunes and do the finale. This Celtic Colours concert was a living, loving tribute to the 20+ years these ceilidhs have existed and in true form, it was a typical finale number!

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