Greetings from the Festival office here in sunny Cape Breton. Heads are down, computers are smoking and… oh, oh… there¹s that laughter coming from the office next door again. Must be another email from Phil Cunningham.
By the way, Scottish accordionist and composer Phil Cunningham has been made an MBE for services to Scottish traditional music. The 41-year-old musician, who began playing the accordion at the age of three, said he was “delighted” and “amazed” to be given the honour…. Way to go Phil!
Thanks to all of you who have ordered tickets so far. We had our first sellout (Step Into The Past) in record time this year and in the past week two more shows have been added to the sold out list: There are another four shows with fewer than a hundred seats left in each and five shows with less than 50 available seats! This was the first year we offered tickets on line and one note of interest to us was that 20% of all sales in the first week were sold through the web site.
For you regular festival goers, we are pleased to announce that Gordie Campbell, Cape Breton Cultural Attache to Scotland, will be returning home for the festival to ensure smooth movement of our artists around the Island.
- Max MacDonlad – Producer