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...
GachTaobhNamBeanntanBothSidesoftheMountains

Gach Taobh Nam Beanntan: Both Sides of the Mountains

With music and laughter in common, it’s no wonder Mary Jane and Wendy have remained great friends for so many years. Wendy, a fiddler, piano player and dancer from Creignish, and Gaelic singer Mary Jane, who makes Glendale home, joined forces with Seph Peters and Cathy Porter to form the award-winning Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac Band. Tonight in...
GuitarSummit

Guitar Summit

Since its introduction 20 years ago at the Centre Bras d’Or Festival of the Arts, the Guitar Summit has become a staple of the Celtic Colours lineup. It’s one of the most anticipated concerts in a festival that boasts so many must-see events. Tonight we have reunited three of the four original participants—J.P. Cormier, Dave MacIsaac and Scott Macmillan. To...
KellysDream

Kelly’s Dream

Kelly won’t want to wake from his dream tonight with the likes of this going on in Boularderie, just down the road from his famous mountain. Matthew Byrne is over from Newfoundland with some of his buddies. The Dardanelles singer, song finder and bouzouki player is joined by bandmate Aaron Collis on accordion and Billy Sutton on guitar. Matthew’s repertoire...
KimberleysNorthsideWelcome

Kimberley’s Northside Welcome

Growing up in Sydney Mines playing fiddle, piano and dancing, Kimberley Fraser has made her mark in traditional music both locally and internationally. Tonight she’s teamed up with her good pal Troy MacGillivray from Antigonish County, another triple threat on piano, fiddle, and dance. They’re all set to welcome some old friends and new. The Newfoundland ferry comes in just...
LeaveittotheLassies

Leave it to the Lassies

Leave it to the Lassies this evening as our Artists in Residence join an impressive lineup featuring harp, fiddle, piano and songs in Gaelic and English. Lucy has something in common with just about everyone here including a pile of tunes and friendship with Liz that goes back to the early nineties when the Irish fiddler first visited Cape Breton....
MusicoftheNightMusiquedelanuit

Music of the Night: Musique de la nuit

This unforgettable night on the town takes place in the historic setting of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a reconstructed 18th century French fortress town. You’ll be transported back in time, visiting the different houses as the village comes alive with songs, stories, tunes, dancing, good food and good times. Picture tables, large and small, set with candles...
NorthAtlanticFiddles

North Atlantic Fiddles

We’re excited to be co-presenting the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in partnership with Cape Breton University. We’ve brought together a great representation of fiddlers and fiddle styles for the occasion. One thing we’ve learned at Celtic Colours is that there’s a commonality among the folk and fiddle traditions from unexpected places. In 2013 we explored the connections between Denmark and...
OrangedaleWhistle

Orangedale Whistle

You’re not likely to hear the Orangedale Whistle tonight, but you just might catch the Orange Blossom Special. Calvin Vollrath is an Old Tyme fiddle legend twice crowned the Grand North American Old Tyme Fiddle Champion, who has released 60 recordings and composed more than 500 tunes. An absolute pleasure to watch on stage, Calvin’s love for music is contagious...
PerfectPairs

Perfect Pairs

In blackjack, a perfect pair is being dealt a pair on your first two cards. It looks like a sure bet that we’re getting three perfect pairs tonight in Sydney Mines. Music is in the blood for brothers Dwayne Côté and Roger Stone from Grand Greve in Richmond County. Well-known individually—Dwayne for his fiddle playing and composing; Roger for his...
PipersCeilidh

Pipers’ Ceilidh

What a treat to have Fred Morrison and Paddy Keenan both returning to the festival this year and both playing in the Pipers’ Ceilidh. Fred and Paddy are universally regarded as two of the greatest pipers in Scottish and Irish tradition, and although their touring schedules keep them busy, they love the chance to share tunes together when they can....
RaisingtheRoof

Raising the Roof

Music has been held in high regard in the Boisdale area since the first Scottish settlers arrived during the 1800s. Ask today’s residents and they’ll say the livelier the better! With this collection of musicians and the traditional hospitality of the community, you’re sure to agree. The April Verch Band comes from Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, an area with a rich,...
RayMacsCeilidh

Ray Mac’s Ceilidh

As host of the popular radio program The Ceilidh, on Antigonish's CJFX, Sydney Mines native Ray “Mac” MacDonald played an important role in supporting the culture of Cape Breton’s traditional fiddle music. Families would gather around the radio at suppertime to hear the latest recordings and learn of the week's cultural events. Playing a mix of local, international, professional and...
RickysRattlinRoarinRoots

Ricky’s Rattlin’ Roarin’ Roots

Born in Kentucky and playing mandolin since he was 5 years old, there is no doubt that Country music and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs has lived “a life full of music”. The 14 time Grammy Award winner made a name for himself early, first sharing a stage with Bill Munroe at age 6, and appearing on Flatt & Scruggs’ syndicated...
Route19

Route 19

Route 19 winds along the western coast of Cape Breton Island. Up and down the 106 kilometre stretch you’ll find communities like Troy, Creignish, Judique, Mabou and Inverness—communities where Cape Breton’s music lives and breathes. Popularly known as the Ceilidh Trail, everyone has a connection along Route 19 and the Ceilidh Trail has spawned just that; many ceilidhs, and many...
SensationalSisters

Sensational Sisters

The 19th Celtic Colours International Festival kicks off with an opening concert that reunites old friends, showcases a world of outstanding female fiddle players, and features one of Canada’s best known and loved performers. Since debuting her “eclectic Celtic” sound thirty years ago, Loreena McKennitt’s unique vocal and harp arrangements of traditional Celtic favourites has received worldwide acclaim, and sold...
SomeTastyTunes

Some Tasty Tunes

One of Brenda Stubbert’s seven albums is called Some Tasty Tunes, and that’s exactly what she’ll be serving up tonight in Sydney River. The album, recorded in 1999, captures a lively performance with the exciting and natural feel of a dance or house party. Deeply rooted in the distinctive music of Cape Breton’s Northside, the world-renowned fiddler, piano player, and...
SongsStories

Songs & Stories

What a perfect way to spend a lovely October afternoon - entertained with songs and stories by these fantastic storytellers and musicians. And what stories they’ll have to tell. The Men of the Deeps have been known to tell a joke or two before launching into their beautiful harmonies. Now nearing their 50 year anniversary, they’ve performed all over the...
StepintothePast

Step into the Past

If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket for this perennially sold out concert, you’re in for a real treat. Step into the Past is a unique experience that transports you back in time with an authentic, traditional 18th century meal, served in period costume and character. After dinner, a lantern lit walk through the streets of the French Fortress...
TheHillsareAlive

The Hills are Alive

The hills of are alive with colour this time of year, the perfect backdrop for a drive to Ingonish on the world famous Cabot Trail. And the sound of music will echo through the hills tonight surrounding the beautiful St. Peter’s Church. Laura Smith’s pristine vocals and lovingly crafted songs, will be well supported by the incomparable Kim Dunn’s tasteful...
TheWorldonaString

The World on a String

With six of the top female fiddlers from Shetland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and USA, the String Sisters encompass a world of fiddling. Catriona Macdonald, Liz Carroll, Liz Doherty, Liz Knowles, Annbjørg Lien, and Emma Härdelin explore their regional musical traditions together with David Milligan (piano), Conrad Ivitsky (double bass), James Mackintosh (drums), and Tore Bruvoll (guitar). Visiting from Ireland is...