Mardeen is a rock band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Writing music together since their early teen years, they’ve always focused on melody and playing loud. After releasing their second full length, Miss You Forever in 2013, Mardeen set out to try something different. Working with producer Joel Plaskett, the band recorded an EP with a heavy Cape Breton influence. The EP, along with another EP of forgotten recordings, will be released in 2014.
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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 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.
Mary Jane Lamond fell in love with the Scottish Gaelic traditions and song during visits with her grandparents on Cape Breton Island. She has dedicated her musical career to the preservation of Scottish Gaelic songs, leading to numerous award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience for her music. Mary Jane’s five solo recordings create a respectful and beautiful framework for ancient Gaelic songs and her spell-binding performances make these selections truly come alive. Mary Jane’s critically acclaimed release “Seinn” is a partnership with long time musical collaborator, Wendy MacIsaac.
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 combines their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.
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.”
Since the group’s inception in 1977, McGinty has been a mainstay on the East Coast music scene. As ambassadors for Nova Scotia music and good times, they have performed all over the world. Strong vocal arrangements rooted in an East Coast culture are the hallmarks of McGinty music and they have shared the stage with the likes of John Prine, Liam Clancy and The Chieftans. McGinty have a way of making the smallest pub feel like a concert or the largest festival feel like a kitchen party.
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.