Heartwood Slacks is a five-man band from Cape Breton who, with their lineup of banjo, guitars, blues harp, mandolin and bass fiddle, could easily be mistaken for an American heritage revival band. The players have shared stages and bills for years—a variety of local “band-me-downs” who were weaned on blues, metal and country music. Heartwood Slacks principle songwriter John Gill bangs out incomparably sincere, catchy, melodic bar-room shout along songs. In their three-years together, the Slacks have been attracting attention with performances around the Maritimes and have just released their first album, cleverly named Heartwood Slacks.
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The Barra MacNeils are one of Canada’s premier Celtic groups. The family band from Sydney Mines is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture and history, and consistently wows audiences with their captivating vocals, harmonies and musicianship. After more than 25 years, the group is as busy as ever, having released two new recordings in 2012–a live album with Symphony Nova Scotia and a special project recorded with a variety of musical guests from Celtic Colours. With multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top-drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of instruments, dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture, The Barra MacNeils live in concert must be experienced to be believed.
Sheumas, the eldest of six siblings who make up the Barra MacNeils, began playing piano at a very young age. He soon teamed up with his younger, fiddle-playing brother Kyle and the duo performed regularly at local square dances. Together they set the stage for what is now the Barra MacNeils. Sheumas studied music at Mount Allison University where he received his Bachelor of Music Major in Pipe Organ.
Singing in English, Scottish Gaelic and Irish, Lewis MacKinnon performs regularly as a solo artist and as a member of the East Coast group, the Jug in Hand Band. Playing rhythm guitar, MacKinnon has shared his powerful baritone voice with audiences in the coffee shops, pubs and concert halls of Eastern Canada, New England, Scotland and Ireland. In 2006 he released an all Gaelic recording titled, A’ Seo (“Here”) which earned him an ECMA nomination in the Roots/Traditional category. In 2010, he completed his first all-English solo recording, titled “Making More Of It”.
Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant is a native of Prince Edward Island now living in Nova Scotia. The prolific songwriter has recorded nine albums (seven in English and two in French), winning a host of awards and nominations from both the JUNO Awards and East Coast Music Awards. His song “Peter’s Dream” made it to #4 on the CBC Radio Top 10 Canadian Songs of All-Time. As a performer, Gallant’s intense delivery reaches down to the very soul of his audience, moving effortlessly through stirring narratives, comic observations, and hard driving rhythms. He has toured extensively internationally, playing festivals and concerts accompanied by roots rock bands, and in acoustic settings.
John Doyle’s gifts as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and producer have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Whether as a member of Irish-American supergroup Solas, playing the role of sideman, or taking centre stage as singer-songwriter, John adds a contemporary edge that finds fresh light in even the most well-worn of tunes. We are very excited to have John back at Celtic Colours this year and look forward to his new group The Teetotallers with Martin Hayes and Kevin Crawford.
Kyle Mischiek is a teenage Pop/Hip Hop performer, and independent recording artist from Cape Breton. Kyle’s sophomore release “Fallin’ In Deep – EP” is a 7 song short album that offers a blend of hard hitting modern EDM tracks, ’90s R&B influenced slow jams, and some light pop-rap. Behind the scenes is ECMA winning producer Jamie Foulds, songwriting collaborations with the likes of Gordie Sampson, Steven MacDougall, Breagh MacKinnon, Dylan Guthro, and a couple of high energy club beats by Halifax artist MattyBoh. Kyle’s debut EP “570” featured the hit Cape Breton single “We are an Island Remix”. The song caught the attention of Cape Bretoners all over the world, and helped him attract over 170,000 YouTube hits.
Kim Dunn has been working on a successful music career for 30 years now, with a brief four-year reprieve studying Jazz at ST.FX. In addition to producing, musical directing and arranging credits, he has worked with Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon. After playing on countless cd’s of other artists, Kim released his first solo album, “Take This Hammer”, in 2009. He has performed his music with Symphony Nova Scotia and been featured regionally and nationally on CBC Radio. Kim has traveled and performed in the United States, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and has toured extensively throughout Canada.