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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Tim Edey is regarded by many to be one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation in the Celtic music folk scene worldwide. Tim made his first Celtic Colours appearance in 2010 to universal acclaim. A mixture of dazzling technical ability, soulful feel, musical charisma and amazing instrumental improvisation have made Tim a highly in demand session musician both in studio and on stage.
Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”
Maxim Cormier is a young guitarist in his 20′s from Cheticamp, Cape Breton. His guitar playing is both truly peaceful and extremely complex and this presentation of dynamic emotion and style fuels every note Maxim plays. His original works are largely comprised of acoustic guitar that highlights a contemporary, modern approach to otherwise classic sounds. The word “versatility” best describes Cormier as he effortlessly performs styles as diverse as jazz, blues, folk, classical and traditional Celtic music. In 2012, Cormier was awarded the Drive’ers Association’s Big Sampie Award and released his debut album.
This is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. 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 will combine their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.
Olov Johansson and Mikael Marin started playing together as teenagers around 1980. They met and jammed on nyckelharpa and guitar with Roger Tallroth at a festival in 1989. While Olov and Mikael were playing fairly straightforward folkmusic duets, Roger’s chordings and rhythms provided a different twist on Swedish traditional music. They recorded an album and took on the name Väsen—a Swedish word with many meanings, “essence” among the most prominent. It was originally meant to just be an album title, but soon people were calling to book the band Väsen and the name stuck. The band’s popularity gradually grew, along with their international reputation. They have now released 15 albums and continue to tour regularly.
Pius MacIsaac, from Mabou, is a regular performer at the local festivals and parish hall dances that intrigue so many of the island’s visitors. A gifted composer, Pius has written several tunes which he performs on his violin and mandolin as well as his guitar. He is a sought-after artist in Cape Breton and can be seen accompanying many of the island’s top fiddlers with his driving, percussive guitar rhythms.
From Scotsville, Cape Breton, Patrick Gillis grew up with traditional music being played almost constantly in his home. His father, uncle, and two older brothers playing the fiddle gave Patty a great appreciation and understanding of Celtic music. Patrick has toured the States with Cullin, appeared in Howie MacDonald’s Celtic Brew, played with Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, and Glenn Graham, and has performed in festivals throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe with Beòlach. He has played on many recordings including two Beòlach albums.