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.
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Still in her mid twenties, Edinburgh-born Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic Harp due to her unique chromatic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Based in Boston MA, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist, with her trio, and as a duo with percussive dancer Nic Gareiss. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Kathy Mattea, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser and Vardan Ovsepian. She teaches at the Berklee College of Music and has been published by Hal Leonard. This is Maeve’s first time at Celtic Colours.
Mary Ann is an award-winning musician, producer and broadcaster. She co-founded the seminal Gaelic band, Cliar and has a long association with the Inverness Gaelic Choir. A BBC Radio 3 presenter, she runs the highly-regarded Watercolour Music studios in Lochaber. Wilma Kennedy, Mary Ann’s sister, is an actress, singer and educator with a background in theatre in education. She tutors at Plockton Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, and directs the award-winning Dundee Gaelic Choir. Mary Ann and Wilma’s cousin Maggie, also a member of Cliar, is a senior mentor in the youth tuition Fèisean movement and sings with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis.
Mary Ann Kennedy has been surrounded by music all her life. She is part of the younger generation of one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song—the Campbells of Greepe from the Isle of Skye. An award-winning harpist who trained as a classical musician, Mary Ann is a co-founder of highly-acclaimed Gaelic band Cliar, winners of all-time Best Album at the inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards and works with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis (Inverness Gaelic Choir). In addition to her career as a musician, Mary Ann is a highly-respected radio and television presenter, and an in-demand music producer.
Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading youth arts companies. The organization aims to give young people the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture. This year Fèis Rois brings three graduates from its successful Ceilidh Trail program to Celtic Colours–Mischa Macpherson (Gaelic song & clarsach), Conal McDonagh (pipes & whistles) and Innes White (guitar & mandolin). These three talented young musicians met on The Ceilidh Trail and have gone on to win the 2014 Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award as the Mischa Macpherson Trio.
The Belkolora Quintet, one of Cape Breton’s newest ensembles, features Peter MacDonald on piano, Laurie Gorman on clarinet, Richard MacAulay on flute, Barb Stetter on oboe, and Jenny Tingley on harp and flute. Each has an active passion for music of all sorts, as demonstrated by their work as both educators and talented performers in their own right. Now they’re arranging and performing music together – creating and developing their multi-coloured, beautiful Belkolora Quintet sound.
Five voices, one family, ten Mòd gold medals through three generations. A treasury of song and a passion for sharing it with their audiences, The Campbells of Greepe – Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba – are one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song. Their roots lie in a tiny crofting township on the Isle of Skye, where music was the constant accompaniment to everyday life. Pipers and singers who loved to dance, they’re considered the masters of puirt-à-beul, Gaelic mouth music, but their songs encompass a whole musical world – pibroch songs, work songs, and the songs of their own community.