St. Ann’s, Nova Scotia – The Gaelic College at St. Ann’s is the new home to one of the most popular Celtic Colours events – the late night Festival Club. Since its inception in 1997, the Festival Club has been growing with excitement and interest from festival goers and artists alike. All artists contracted to perform at Celtic Colours 2000 are scheduled at some time to take the stage at the Festival Club. It offers quality international talent in a “pub”-like setting and the doors don’t open until the other events if the evening close.
Beginning each night at 11 pm, the Festival Club stage explodes with Celtic music talent and rarely seen ensembles. Everyone who was attended has their favourite memories from the 1998 barn-burning performance of Cape Breton’s own Slainte Mhath to last year’s soulful Gaelic vocals of Scotland’s Ishbel MacAskill.
The Festival Club is hosted by North Shore singer/songwriter Buddy MacDonald who keeps the audience informed and entertained. When he’s not on stage, Buddy works on getting the evening’s bill lined up. The schedule of the Festival Club is never released prior to each night’s performance for good reason – it is always a work in progress. The spontaneity adds to the magic of this event.
The decision by Festival organizers to host the Festival Club at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts is a natural one. For the past sixty years, the Gaelic College has taught, promoted and preserved the language, music, arts and crafts of Cape Breton’s highland pioneers.
In addition to the history, headquartering the Festival Club and many organizational activities around this institution is logical for many other reasons. The Gaelic College is centrally located geographically to accommodate many event goers and most of the artist accommodations will be on the campus. The merchandise centre will be located at the Festival Club with all artists music available for purchase. The Club is a licensed (19 years of age or over) event and this year full food and beverage service will be accessible on site.
As an added convenience, a shuttle service is being organized for a nominal cost – operating nightly from the Gaelic College to both Baddeck and Sydney to best accommodate late night festival goers.
Festival Club tickets are not sold in advance. Admission to the public is $10 per person or $5 if you are holding a ticket to a Celtic Colours show that evening.
This is a rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy performers on stage with their counterparts from near and far in a unique showcase setting. When planning your week of activities, the Festival Club is a must!