Gervais has been performing since his teens. Mostly in a supportive role, he has played bass and/or rhythm guitar for many local bands as well as J.P. Cormier, Brakin’ Tradition and Cyril MacPhee, with whom he recorded an album. He has been writing music since a young age and has had music recorded by J.P. Cormier, New Brunswick group 1755, and for the local radio station CKJM fundraisers.
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For as long as they can remember, Ciarán and Fiona MacGillivray have been performing for the many musical visitors who pass through their home on Cape Breton Island. (Ciarán and Fiona are the children of famed Canadian author/composer, Allister MacGillivray). Besides singing, they play piano, guitar, harp, tin whistle, and bodhrán. They also stepdance, and are studying the Gaelic language of their ancestors. They have appeared together in the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and continue to perform with The Cottars.
Growing up with plenty of music in his Cape Breton, Nova Scotia home, John Campbelljohn was enamored with the guitar from an early age. As a young teenager, John studied the blues masters, eventually putting together a combo. He toured relentlessly throughout the country winning numerous awards for his combination of exciting guitar work and powerful songwriting. In 1999, John got his first European release, getting notice from Rolling Stone magazine, and in 2007 John signed an international deal in Germany. His 2012 solo acoustic release, Celtic Blues, won Music Nova Scotia’s Blues Recording of the Year. Now John has come full circle from award-winning blues man to his Cape Breton Celtic roots.
Gabrielle MacLellan and Tom Daniels have been performing their brand of Celtic music together since their unlikely meeting in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Gabrielle had been honing her unique and well respected talent on the fiddle playing at dances, concerts and ceilidhs. Tom was developing his modern jazz guitar career internationally, winning awards and touring internationally while heading the Jazz guitar department at St. Francis Xavier University. Together they weave a style of Celtic music that draws strongly from Cape Breton tradition while incorporating jazz, classical and popular influences in a tasteful and elegant way.
Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. Between the three of them they have been on the roster of virtually every ground-breaking band over the past 30 years. Fiddler Lisa and guitarist/singer André first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, Quebec’s longest-running powerhouse super group. Button-accordionist/singer Normand Miron and André are currently bandmates in Les Charbonniers de l’enfer (The Coalmen from Hell), an award-winning a-capella singing ensemble. Lisa, André and Normand have been playing as a trio since the 1990s, delighting audiences with their fiery dance music and finely-wrought vocals.
Mario Colosimo has been providing piano accompaniment to island musicians for over 30 years. Although classically trained, he plays every style of music from Celtic to Swing. He has lent his piano, guitar and vocal talents to many local bands and artists and regularly shares piano duties with Jean MacNeil at Rollie’s Wharf’s Thursday night traditional session. Mario operates a music studio in Dominion where he teaches guitar, fiddle, piano and piano accompaniment. In 2010, Mario collaborated with Paul Cranford on his Tunes from the Lighthouse Collection and recorded a double CD called More Tunes from the Lighthouse. He also worked with Cranford in 2011 transcribing songs for The Celtic Colours Collection.
Two of Sweden’s most established folk musicians have joined forces in a duo format. Hazelius Hedin create music with a fervor that leaves few listeners unaffected. With music characterized by clarity and a presence that often produces the famous pin-factor in live settings, the two play and sing songs from the Swedish folk music repertoire that they have made their own.
Lisa Cameron was raised among a musical family in Margaree Forks. Since the 2004 release of her album End Of Blue (produced by J.P. Cormier), Lisa has been no stranger to stages across Nova Scotia. She has been featured on CBC Radio, the 2005 ECMA stage, and the 2005 compilation Lullabies of Our Cape Breton which won a 2006 ECMA for Best Children’s Recording. For the past couple of years, Lisa has been playing local venues and writing with a small group of Cape Breton songwriters. She released her second record in the winter of 2009.