Three Celtic Colours concerts sold out

Three Celtic Colours concerts sold out; Six more getting close.

(Sydney, NS) It seems that while the Summer was stuttering along here
on Cape Breton Island and most of the population was in denial that the
Summer months would ever end, Celtic music lovers from around the world
were looking toward Autumn in anticipation of the 8th Celtic Colours
International Festival.

Each year, the Festival features hundreds of Celtic artists and
performers from all over the world during a nine-day celebration of
Cape Breton Island’s living Celtic culture. This year, 44 concerts will
be presented in 33 communities around the island at venues ranging from
community, church and fire halls to theatres and professional
performance spaces. The Festival, which also offers dozens of hands-on
workshops and lectures, attracts visitors from around the globe,
counting among last years population, ticket-buyers from 18 countries,
from 48 States and every Province and Territory in Canada.

This year, tickets went on sale in mid-July and by the end of August,
two concerts had sold out. In the past week another show has sold out
and six more concerts have fewer than 50 tickets left.

“To have two shows sold out by August 31 is unprecedented in the eight
years of the festival,” said Festival Director Max MacDonald. “We’ve
sold 2,000 tickets just to Americans already which is pretty amazing
when you consider that Cape Bretoners haven’t purchased that many yet.”

The first concert to sell out this year—Step into the Past at Fortress
Louisbourg—is a perennial favourite, while the second sellout—the
Pipers’ Ceilidh at Nova Scotia Highland Village—is indicative of the
type of concert that has proven to be very popular with fans of the

“Step into the Past is always a popular event,” says Festival Director
Joella Foulds. “It is really unique in that it offers both an 18th
century style meal and an acoustic concert by candlelight. The setting
is the chapel of the Fortress of Louisbourg, one of our true treasures.
We find that the special shows such as the tributes to culture bearers,
the Cape Breton Fiddlers and the Pipers’ Ceilidh are always among the
first to sell out.”

The Pipers’ Ceilidh is being presented this year in the recently
relocated church on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Highland Village in
Iona. The third show to sell out this year is Raising the Roof in
Boisdale. Shows with very few tickets left include the Tribute to
Gordon Cote in St. Peter’s, Celtic Women in Port Hawkesbury, Passing
the Bow in Judique, Giant’s Ceilidh in Englishtown, and Cape Breton
Fiddlers and Lobster Tales at the Gaelic College.

Celtic Colours International Festival opens October 8 with the Gala
Opening Concert at Centre 200 in Sydney and wraps in Baddeck at the
World’s Biggest Square Dance, October 16. Tickets can be purchased by
phoning 1-888-355-7744 toll free, 564-6668 locally or online at For more information about the Festival, visit or phone 1-877-285-2321 toll free or 562-6700

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