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 released his second CD, Full Circle, in 2013, and continues to work on a book of Cape Breton fiddle tunes.
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Colin, Keith and Kyle MacDonald grew up surrounded by music in Foot Cape, Inverness County and have been playing together since they were young. Fluent in Gaelic and employed at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College, Colin stepdances and plays guitar, piano and drums. Through his years at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College, Keith, who also plays pipes with Nuallan, has developed a keen interest in the traditional Cape Breton style of piping which he explores in All Fired Up alongside twin brother Kyle on fiddle, mandolin and percussion.
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.
Anita MacDonald is a musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family and her teachers throughout the years. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond. Ben Miller is a player of Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, and highland pipes, whose repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure.
Descended from the Chisholms of Margaree, a family of exceptional musical talent which includes Cameron and Maybelle Chisholm, Brian Doyle is a well-known guitarist. His playing encompasses a variety of styles, from the rock’n’roll of his earliest days to the traditional music of his ancestors. Brian has played on many recordings and toured nationally and internationally. Brian won an East Coast Music Award in 1998 for Scott Macmillan Presents: The Minnie Sessions Vol 1. Brian has also been nominated in the Instrumental and Rock album of the year categories.
Brad Davidge is a very exciting, versatile player, full of energy and soul, a combination that is not easy to come by. His songwriting abilities are that of a true craftsman, mature yet current, and his vocal abilities are endless, possessing a 4-octave range, with both power and subtlety on demand. Brad has received coast-to-coast acclaim, including Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Award nominations. The Toronto-born, Newfoundland-raised guitarist/singer/songwriter joined Terry Kelly’s touring band after graduating from the St. F. X. music program and he has toured and recorded extensively with Natalie MacMaster and Mary Jane Lamond.
Buddy MacDonald, from the North Shore of Cape Breton, has been a singer/songwriter for over thirty years. He has entertained international audiences and shared the stage with Celtic artists including Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Dave MacIsaac and Howie MacDonald. Buddy has made a number of appearances in the U.S., and at Scotland’s Orkney, Shetland, and Perthshire Amber Festivals. Buddy has hosted the Celtic Colours late night Festival Club since its beginning in 1997. Whether in a small country hall, pub, festival or concert theatre, his love of writing, singing and entertaining comes across to bridge the gap between performer and listener.
Growing up outside of St. Peter’s in a musical family, Cyril MacPhee was immersed in Cape Breton ceilidhs and heavily influenced by his father’s Scottish and Irish fiddling, Country and Bluegrass music, and Folk singers like Stan Rogers. His musical influences range from the Beatles to Harry Hibbs, and this shows through in his versatility as a songwriter and his unique blend of folk, country and Celtic music. A past Artist in Residence, Cyril has released five albums, three with the popular power-folk group Brakin’ Tradition and two as a solo artist.