A triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, Carmel has always been a songwriter. From her childhood on a family farm in rural Cape Breton to her current “home” on the road, Carmel has built her life around crafting songs, collecting stories, and carving poetry out of the human experience. Carmel’s songwriting has garnered her international attention, winning the folk category in the 2010 Great American Song Contest and International Singer Songwriter Awards Song Contest. This is Carmel’s third appearance at Celtic Colours since making her festival debut in 2010 with Roots to the Future, a popular concert which put young Cape Breton songwriters and tune makers together to explore how tradition influences contemporary artists.
Albert Lionais spends much of his days drinking tea and listening to old LPs. He grew up in a musical family in Little Bras d’Or on Cape Breton Island and spent a good deal of his childhood making music with his family, playing in marching bands and the school orchestra. Over the past few years Albert, who plays trumpet, drums and guitar, has taken to writing folk songs and telling stories of what could very well be real life situations. He takes great comfort in the power of music and its ability to motivate and enrich people’s lives.