Matt was born in Cape Breton and started playing whistle and pipes when he was 10. He won the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal in Oban, Scotland 8 years later and at 19 started recording, playing and touring the US with celtic rock/fusion group Cuillin. Matt joined Natalie MacMaster’s band after Cuillin broke up, and played pipes, whistles, banjo, percussion and guitar, touring and appearing on several recordings. His own album, a stripped-bare solo recording of his main instrument, was released in 2005. After a stint with the Canadian Forces as a musician, Matt rejoined Natalie’s band earlier this year.
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Whether it’s the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane’s steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which combines their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.
"Who has more fun than us?… nobody!" This has been the case for the past 30 that McGinty have performed their special brand of MerryTime music. They have a way of making the smallest pub feel like a concert or the largest festival feel like a kitchen party. Strong vocal arrangements rooted in an East Coast culture are the hallmarks of McGinty music. You will always leave a McGinty performance with a clear understanding that the boys love what they do!
Qristina and Quinn Bachand have taken the international Celtic music world by storm, winning 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards and receiving multiple nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Born and raised on Canada’s West Coast with its signature tolerance for experimentation and improvisation, the siblings have always been encouraged to find their own voice, exploring all kinds of musical traditions and fusing styles such as Old-time, Irish trad, Folk, and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound. This award winning duo’s sheer talent and natural exuberance is a joy to behold.
With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand plays a range of styles that includes jazz and bluegrass, but it is his skill with Celtic music that is drawing the most attention to this young multi-instrumentalist. His virtuosic playing is more than eye-catching fret-board fireworks. A gifted and creative guitar player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. An in-demand sideman, Quinn has also toured with fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.
Roger Stone is an accomplished Cape Breton musician, born and raised in Richmond County. Currently a member of the long-established and much loved Nova Scotian band McGinty, Roger also enjoys a busy solo career and plays with a variety of other notable musicians. Known for his folk and traditional style of music, Roger has been a passionate teacher of banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion and voice for almost thirty years. He has been a contributing force and inspiration to the musical careers of well-known artists and his many students and his song writing skill is well known whether writing his own original material or in collaboration with others.
One of the most sought after guitar accompanists in Eastern Canada, Seph Peters has toured Canada, USA and the UK sharing the stage with artists such as Mary Jane Lamond, Pauline Scanlon, Donogh Hennessy, Troy McGillivary, Shooglenifty, Ron Hynes, and Paddy Keenan. His music is percussive and Irish in nature. A highly regarded studio session player on guitar, banjo and mandolin, he has performanced at Celtic Colours International Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Seph will be playing with Gillian Boucher and in Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac’s band at Celtic Colours.
A high energy traditional trio comprised of Colin Grant (fiddle), Jason Roach (piano), and Darren McMullen (multi-Instrumentalist) is integrated with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese to produce a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Frank Zappa as it is Ashley MacIsaac. While their lively sound never strays too far from its Cape Breton roots, Sprag Session has caught the ear of everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers, earning themselves an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and versatile live acts in the Celtic music world (and beyond).