Dirk Powell combines deep-running roots in rural American tradition with an overarching artistic vision that speaks poignantly to the audiences of today. From learning banjo and fiddle at the feet of his grandfather in Kentucky, through founding the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours, to extensive recording and film work with such artists as Jack White, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Anthony Minghella, Loretta Lynn, and Spike Lee, Dirk has arrived at a place all his own – one where tradition, inspiration, and innovation meet without borders.
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Multi-instrumentalist Allie Bennett has toured internationally and has over 125 album projects to his credit as a studio musician. Frequently called on to play the role of musical director and band-leader for events like the East Coast Music Awards, the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and Howie’s Celtic Brew, Allie has won East Coast Music Awards for co-producing Dave Gunning’s A Tribute to John Allan Cameron and the prestigious Musician’s Achievement Award. Always in demand for studio and touring work, Allie has just released his second CD, “Full Circle”, a follow-up to his 2004 debut “It’s About Time”.
One of Finland’s premier fiddlers, Arto Järvelä has, over the past three decades, been a member of more than ten folk music groups. He’s primarily known as founder, second fiddler, composer and arranger of Kaustinen fiddle legends JPP, in action since 1982. Throughout the JPP history, Arto has demonstrated profound talents as a remarkably skilled player and as a gifted composer and multi-instrumentalist. As one of Finland’s most talented folk musicians, Arto has represented Finnish culture in more than thirty-five countries. Concert appearances have taken him as far as Cuba, Peru, Australia, Pakistan, Thailand, Egypt, USA and most of Europe.
Janet Cameron, Paul Wukitsch and the late Joe Peter MacLean performed together as The Boisdale Trio for over twenty years. Janet is from Boisdale and has been a community accompanist for many years. Paul immigrated to Cape Breton in the 1970′s and became close friends with fellow fiddlers Johnny Wilmot, Wilfred Prosper and Joe Peter MacLean. Paul and Joe Peter would play dances and ceilidhs throughout the rural areas around Boisdale in the early 1980s. The Trio came together with Janet in the late ‘80s after she retired and moved back to the family home in Boisdale. Janet and Paul will be joined by Janet’s brother Father Francis in paying to tribute to Joe Peter this year.
Jennifer has been wowing audiences in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, England, Scotland, the Arctic and all across Canada and the US for years. Jennifer’s performances are always filled with emotion and energy, and she has three albums to her credit—two of which earned her East Coast Music Award nominations in the Instrumental Recording of the Year category (2001, 2007). Jennifer continues to tour, compose music and owns and operates her own school of music in Dance. Jennifer’s band includes Jason Kempt (piano), Keith Mullins (percussion), Lyndon MacKenzie (guitar), Allie Bennett (bass), and dancers Shelby Matthews and Courteney Waye.
Brian MacDonald grew up in Westmount, Cape Breton. He spent a great deal of time surrounded by Gaelic music and culture in Inverness County. He is married with five children and living in St. Andrews, Antigonish County. Brian has been playing the fiddle for many years for dances and concerts around Cape Breton, Ontario and Detroit and formed a group a few years ago called the Antigonish County Fiddlers. Brian is a Gaelic learner and has been instrumental in organizing Gaelic language programs for adults and students in the Antigonish area.
Since getting their start at a late night session during the 1998 Celtic Colours International Festival, Beòlach has established itself as one of Cape Breton’s most exciting and innovative traditional bands. Performing a lively mix of Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes, the group features Mairi Rankin (fiddle, step-dance), Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle, piano, step-dance), Patrick Gillis (guitar), Ryan J. MacNeil (pipes, whistles), and Mac Morin (piano). Beòlach has released two albums, Beòlach (2001) and Variations (2004), which were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards. It is a true pleasure to welcome them back together at Celtic Colours this year.
Donna-Marie DeWolfe, of River Tillard near St. Peter’s in Richmond County, has been playing Cape Breton fiddle music since she was ten years old. As a child, Donna-Marie heard plenty of fiddle music in her home. Her father, a Cape Breton traditional music lover, always had fiddle music playing in the house. At the age of 18, she has already become very active in the Cape Breton music scene and plays for ceilidhs and dances around the island. Donna-Martie was the in-house fiddler at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre this past Summer where she entertained audiences from around the world.