(Sydney, NS) The lineup for the 9th annual Celtic Colours
International Festival was released Monday. The award-winning festival,
which last year sold over 18,000 tickets to patrons in 25 countries,
has expanded this year to 48 performances in communities all over Cape
Breton Island from October 7-15.
This year’s festival, for the
first time, will open simultaneously with coast-to-coast ceilidhs at
the Sydney Marine Terminal and at the new Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
The Sydney show will feature Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan and
English Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell and her band. They will be
joined by Cape Breton’s Beòlach, Buddy MacMaster, Mary Jane Lamond and
La Swing du Suête dance company.
The Port Hawkesbury show will see the return of Scotland’s premiere
folk band, Blazin’ Fiddles and legendary accordion player Phil
Cunningham who will be joined by Duncan Chisholm and Kris Drever. The
show will also feature Cape Breton’s Bruce Guthro, Jerry Holland and
Gaelic singer Jeff MacDonald.
“Since the festival takes place across the Island, we thought that the
opening should reflect this,” said festival director Max MacDonald.
Celtic Colours will also include a wide variety of workshops, visual
arts demonstrations and exhibits as well as a schools’ program.
Cape Breton artists the Barra MacNeils, the Cottars, the Men of the
Deeps, J.P. Cormier, Howie MacDonald, Winnie Chafe and Carl MacKenzie
are just a few who will appear with other talented artists from the
U.S.A., Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and all over Canada.
Scotland will be well represented by Old Blind Dogs, Rona Lightfoot,
Margaret Bennett, and Ivan Drever along with Blazin’ Fiddles and Phil
Celtic Colours will also see the return of Ireland’s Liz Doherty who
has many friends here. Liz is bringing the legendary Donegal fiddler,
Dinny McLaughlin with her.
The full Celtic Colours International Festival schedule is available at
www.celtic-colours.com. Tickets go on sale July 11 and can be purchased
on the web site or by calling 567-3000.
The Celtic Colours International Festival greatly appreciates the
financial contributions of Nova Scotia’s Department of Tourism and
Culture, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Enterprise Cape Breton
Corporation, Cape Breton Credit Unions, Ultramar, and media sponsor CBC
Maritimes, as well as our many other partners.