For nine days in October, Cape Breton will be alive with music
and visitors as the seventh annual Celtic Colours International
Festival takes over the island. From October 10-18, Celtic Colours will
present hundreds of local and International artists in 44 concerts
scheduled in 33 Island communities. Venues range from an 18th Century
reconstructed French Chapel to state of the art performance facilities
and community halls. What the venues have in common is the prominent
place each holds in the community it serves. The Celtic culture of
music, dance and story telling lives on in these communities and
provides the foundation for a celebration of living culture that is the
Celtic Colours International Festival.
The Festival opens
Friday, October 10 with a Gala Concert at Centre 200 in Sydney
featuring Spain’s Carlos Núñez, who was such a hit at last year’s
Festival; the sensational Irish band, Lúnasa; Cape Breton’s
award-winning Natalie MacMaster; the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association
and this year’s Artists in Residence – strings-master, Dave MacIsaac
and one of Scotland’s foremost Gaelic singers, Mairi MacInnes.
As has become the custom, Celtic Colours will wrap up with the World’s
Biggest Square Dance in Baddeck. This closing concert, scheduled for
October 18, presents local dance traditions with music provided by some
of our finest dance players in an environment that also showcases a
variety of international performers.
Other featured performers for Celtic Colours 2003 include:
Singer/songwriter Tommy Sands and the Kane Sisters, from Ireland;
Bachué, Margaret Bennett, Karine Polwart, Donnie Murdo MacLeod, Mary
Ann Kennedy, and Anna Massie from Scotland; Flook from England; Tim
O’Brien, John Doyle, Dirk Powell and Christine Balfa, Ferintosh, and
Bohola from the US; Welsh singer Siân James; and Pipeline from Germany.
Canadian artists featured this year include the Barra MacNeils, the
McDades (Alberta), J.P. Cormier, Buddy MacMaster, Beòlach, Gordie
Sampson, Mary Jane Lamond, the Men of the Deeps, A Crowd of Bold
Sharemen (Nfld), Dave Gunning, Cynthia MacLeod (PEI), Cape Breton
Chamber Orchestra, Cape Breton Chorale, David Greenberg, Scott
Macmillan, Jennifer Roland, John Allan Cameron, Wendy MacIsaac, Jackie
Dunn MacIsaac, Winnie Chafe, Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association, Buddy
MacDonald and John Ferguson, Wally MacAulay, Cyril MacPhee, Glenn
Graham, Kimberley Fraser, Triskele, Kendra MacGillivray, Jerry Holland,
Kinnon & Betty Lou Beaton, Carl MacKenzie, Brenda Stubbert, John
Campbell, Andrea Beaton, Ian MacDougall, Stephanie Wills, Mairi Rankin,
Mac Morin and more.
Tickets go on sale July 14 through Select-A-Seat and can also be
purchased online through the Celtic Colours International Festival
website. For tickets phone 1-888-355-7744. For Festival information
For accommodations phone 1-800-565-0000.
The Celtic Colours International Festival greatly appreciates the
financial contributions of Nova Scotia’s Department of Tourism and
Culture, the Canadian government through ECBC/ACOA, the Department of
Canadian Heritage, Cape Breton Credit Unions and media sponsors CBC
Maritimes and the Cape Breton Post.