AGoodTimeinDEscousse

A Good Time in D’Escousse

You’re in for a good time in D’Escousse tonight as we welcome back a couple of Festival favourites. We Banjo 3 played Celtic Colours for the first time last year and we couldn’t get enough so we had to have them back. The Irish quartet plays with swing and soul, combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and...
ATouchoftheIrish

A Touch of the Irish

There’s no mistaking the Irish in Open the Door for Three. Pat Broaders sings in the Dublin song tradition with Kieran O’Hare on uilleann pipes, concert flute and tin whistle and Liz Knowles on fiddle. It will be fun to see Liz and Kieran reunite with J.P. as the three have performed on numerous J.P. CDs over the years. There’ll...
AlongtheShoresofBrasdOr

Along the Shores of Bras d’Or

Nestled along the south east shore of the Bras d’Or Lake, Big Pond is famous for outdoor festivals, award-winning musicians, and some of the prettiest scenery on the island. You’ll also find some of the most generous and welcoming hospitality too. There have been some legendary parties in Big Pond—on the beach, at the firehall, or someone’s house afterward—and music...
CeilidhontheCanal

Ceilidh on the Canal

There will be a rocking Ceilidh on the Canal tonight in St. Peter’s with songs and tunes from Newfoundland, Isle of Man, and just down the road. Roger Stone comes from Richmond County but is known far and wide for his songwriting and strong guitar and banjo playing. An original member of beloved Cape Breton band Brakin’ Tradition, and currently...
CelebratingtheCapeBretonSymphony

Celebrating the Cape Breton Symphony

The Cape Breton Symphony started with a regular spot on John Allan Cameron’s weekly TV shows in the 1970s. Featuring John Donald Cameron, Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald, Wilfred Gillis, and Jerry Holland, they would prove to be very popular with audiences. The group, which included fiddlers Buddy MacMaster, Sandy MacIntyre, Gordon Côté and others over the years, recorded two albums and...
CelticCabaret

Celtic Cabaret

It’s a long weekend and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to get out for some music, some dancing and maybe a couple of drinks with friends. We Banjo 3 made a splash at last year’s festival, and now they’re back to share their traditional Irish tunes with us once again. Cousins Rodney MacDonald and Glenn Graham always keep...
CelticCouples

Celtic Couples

On Cape Breton Island, making music is often a family affair. And as we all know, most families begin with a couple. So every now and then we like to celebrate these couples who share a love of making music together. The cozy little Greenwood United Church in Baddeck will be overflowing tonight with a something for every music lover...
CelticPub

Celtic Pub

With lively dance tunes from Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man, and a true master of the folk singing tradition, our annual pub in Baddeck will not disappoint. Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller create a rich sound with pipes and fiddle, pairing dance tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs. Mec Lir got together last spring...
CelnanGidhealSoundsoftheGael

Ceòl nan Gàidheal: Sounds of the Gael

Tradition runs deep in the hills of Mabou, passed down generation by generation in the music, dance and stories of friends, family and neighbours. Féis Mhàbu has done critical work to encourage this tradition by offering learning opportunities for young traditional musicians. It’s fitting to have the sounds of the Gaels echoing through the Mabou Parish Hall this afternoon, home...
ClosetotheFloor

Close to the Floor

Cape Breton square dancing is something we take for granted, but like any other tradition, its survival requires careful attention. Fileanta is a newly-formed group of dancers originating at the Gaelic College. Embodying the true essence of Gaelic dance tradition, they’re on a mission to showcase some of the many unique sets from the different regions of Cape Breton. Supporting...
CollectivelyCeltic

Collectively Celtic

Harald Haugaard is no stranger to our Celtic Colours audiences. He is one of the first to introduce Danish fiddling to Cape Breton, and with his wife Helene Blum have been sharing their fiddle and song traditions with us for many years now. With Mikkel Grue on guitar and Sune Rahbek on percussion, expect a tight set of tunes and...
CmhlaCruinnGatheredTogether

Còmhla Cruinn: Gathered Together

It's wonderful when people from far and wide can gather together on Cape Breton Island for songs and tunes; especially when such a time takes place in beautiful Christmas Island, a gathering place for many generations of Gaels. Popular Inverness County dance players Kinnon and Betty Lou Beaton, and lovely Mabou Gaelic singer Joanne MacIntyre welcome Scottish harp player and...
CowBayCeilidh

Cow Bay Ceilidh

What would a ceilidh in Cape Breton be without some gracious local hosts making our Scottish and Irish visitors feel at home? And who’s better for the job than Brenda Stubbert, Howie MacDonald and Dave MacIsaac? Great friends and musical buddies, this trio will have everyone relaxed and in a good mood with their spicy tunes and more than a...
CraicnCabaret

Craic’n Cabaret

What’s the craic? It’s a phrase you might hear among Irish or Scottish musicians looking for a good time, some laughs and tunes or wondering if there’s a party worth going to. In Cape Breton we might say “what’s goin’ on?” or in Newfoundland “what’s on the go?”. Tonight it is all going on at the Membertou Trade & Convention...
DancingUpaSute

Dancing Up a Suête

It’s 50 years since the Forrester School of Dance began offering classes in Scottish dance. They were breaking new ground, not an easy 'feet' by any means, but they continued with passion and exuberance. Today we'll showcase some nifty steps from the Forrester Dance Company alongside La Swing du Suête, Cheticamp’s premiere dance troupe. Both groups comprise many young dancers...
DownHomeTonight

Down Home Tonight

Thigibh a-staigh! Come on in. There’s a party tonight! Our Artists in Residence, Lucy MacNeil and Liz Doherty, have a lot of catching up to do and we thought it’d be good to have a house party for them. Not many houses could hold a party like this one is shaping up to be so we decided to do the...
DrivinerwithDwayne

Drivin’er with Dwayne

You’re in for an evening of virtuosity and drive, out on the Mira tonight. Richmond County’s Dwayne Côté has been universally praised as one of Cape Breton’s most impressive fiddlers. His command of the instrument, the versatility of styles he has mastered, and his outstanding compositions are just the beginning. It’s during his performance that one truly appreciates Dwayne’s exceptional...
DuelingBanjos

Dueling Banjos

How many banjos is too many banjos? It’s a pretty sure bet that this concert in Wagmatcook will prove that actually, you can never have too many banjos. Tonight Irish quartet We Banjo 3 shares the bill with Old Man Luedecke, the banjo-wielding singer-songwriter from Chester, Nova Scotia. Old Man Luedecke’s storyteller’s heart, and narrative-driven folk songs are clever, playful,...
EileanBriaghaBeautifulIsland

Eilean Briagha: Beautiful Island

Iona is one of the few places on Cape Breton Island where you can see all four counties at once, and you must not miss that view from the Malagwatch Church, high on a hill at the Highland Village. Fred, Kathleen and Laoise are all visiting from beautiful islands in Scotland and Ireland, a rare opportunity to hear them in...
FestivalClub

Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
FestivalClub

Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
FestivalClub

Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
FestivalClub

Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...
FestivalClub

Festival Club

One of the most popular features of the Celtic Colours International Festival every year is the Festival Club. Located at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, the licensed Festival Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for artists to showcase in a more informal setting, as well as get a session in with friends and colleagues...