Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be

It was an evening of dance and music from three different cultures – Nordic, Quebecois, and Cape Breton-style Celtic – at the handsome performance hall Strathspey Place in Mabou, a former coal mining center on Cape Breton Island’s north shore. The house was very nearly sold out of its approximately 500 seats for a program . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 15, 2013 — Dance Dance Wherever You May Be

Celtic Colours: October 14, 2013 — Far Flung Fiddles

The Cape Breton supergroup called Beòlach was the headliner at a show called “Far Flung Fiddles” at the Judique Community Center in Judique, Nova Scotia, on the evening of the third full day of the 17th annual Celtic Colours International Festival Monday, Oct. 14. And Beòlach indeed brought the near-capacity crowd to their feet more . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 14, 2013 — Far Flung Fiddles

Celtic Colours: October 13, 2013 — Whycocomagh Gathering

It was billed as “Cape Breton meets Denmark via Boston,” and it was all that and more as the two Celtic Colours 2013 Artists in Residence hosted a fiddling extravaganza Sunday night in Whycocomagh on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. For the two artists in residence – Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and Cape Breton fiddler . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 13, 2013 — Whycocomagh Gathering

Celtic Colours: October 12, 2013 — Tee and Tunes, Acadian Celtic Crossroads

Fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist John Doyle brought the capacity crowd to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation at the conclusion of a stunning set of reels, the climax of an evening of traditional and contemporary music in the Mi’kmaw First Nation village of Wagmatcook Saturday, Oct. 12. It was a wonderful way to . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 12, 2013 — Tee and Tunes, Acadian Celtic Crossroads

Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Friday, October 10) — As I write this, it’s the first night of the 2013 Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This year’s installment of the award-winning festival includes 46 concerts and more than 200 community cultural events that will explore the musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours 2013: Preview and live streaming

Rambling House

Stephen Hunt wrote this review a decade ago but it’s well worth your time as it involves a certain writer and musician…

An unassuming little CD that (unusually) came my way by direct courtesy of Green Man‘s Chief Editor, Cat Eldridge. It’s a four-track ‘demo’ CD by an Australian band called Rambling House, whose membership . . . → Read More: Rambling House

Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas

I remember seeing Martin Simpson at a festival in England in the early 1980s. He was then one of the bright new hopes in English folk music, and had released his first album. I liked him, bought a few albums, but lost track of him when he moved across the Atlantic.

Come the new millennium . . . → Read More: Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas

A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Mackenzie’s off in Stockholm with his wife, Catherine, to check out residencies for the Several Annies interested in an immersion in all things Swedish so I’m doing the Sunday post which I’m writing up very late at night, as it was busier than expected in the Pub even for a Saturday evening. After my end . . . → Read More: A Listener’s Gude to Irish Music

Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

(Sydney, Nova Scotia) – The lineup for the 17th Celtic Colours International Festival was released today. It includes an exciting mix of local, national, and international artists, festival favourites and Celtic Colours newcomers. The nine-day, Cape Breton Island-wide celebration gets underway October 11 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and wraps up October 19 at . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours International Festival announces 2013 lineup; tickets on sale July 8

Clannad Considered

Clannad, around 1970.

Clannad has been around since 1970, a run of over forty years, and they just released their newest album, Live at Christ Church Cathedral 2011. Founded in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal, they’ve been described as traditional Irish, Celtic and New Age. Just two years later with the release of ‘Theme From . . . → Read More: Clannad Considered