Sandy MacDonald is highly regarded for his guitar accompaniment. Coming from a rich, cultural family in Kingsville, Sandy’s vast knowledge of tunes in the Cape Breton repertoire make him a sought out performer. Both on 6 string and 12 string guitar, Sandy has appeared on numerous records. This year, he’ll be featured at the tribute show to Alex Francis MacKay, just down the road at the Glendale Hall.
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The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future. Born in early 2011 in Halifax, they have since released five albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The group’s latest award-winning album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots, and bluegrass music. It shares forms and ideas from musical styles of the past, and tells the stories of a modern day troubador.
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.
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).
North Atlantic Drift formed in Toronto when highland / uilleann piper Ross Griffiths, fiddler Dan MacDonald, and fiddle / guitar / banjo player Brian Taheny got together to explore the possibilities of combining Scottish and Irish music with a variety of instrumental combinations. It is this multi-instrumentalism that defines the group. North Atlantic Drift is an entire Celtic orchestra in a trio. In one sitting you’ll hear Cape Breton fiddle, Sligo fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, uilleann pipes, highland pipes, whistles and bodhran, Scottish tunes on the uilleann pipes and banjo, Irish tunes on the highland pipes and in a Scottish or Cape Breton style… and vice versa.
Three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today–fiddler and violist Martin Hayes; flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford; and singer, guitarist, bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. But that whim turned into something wondrous for the audience and especially for the three musicians. Out of that informal, inspired encounter has emerged a formal, formidable new trio, the Teetotallers, whose potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination that will captivate followers of Irish traditional and other roots music everywhere.
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.
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.