The final two days of the 2013 Celtic Colours International Festival were a whirlwind of activity – for us, anyway. On Friday we took a short trip along part of the Cabot Trail and a tiny section of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park before having dinner at the Glendora Distillery between Mabou and Inverness, . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours wrap-up: Oct. 18-19 — In Good Company, Pipers’ Ceilidh
I headed off for this mid-week show with expectations that were not very high. Just goes to show how wrong you can be! By the end of the night, nay by the midpoint, it had become my favorite memory (so far) of the 17th annual Celtic Colours International Festival.
First, the venue. The Louisbourg Playhouse . . . → Read More: Celtic Colours: October 16, 2013 — Louisbourg Crossroads
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
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
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
Now in his early sixties, Scottish folk musician Brian McNeill has been performing traditional and writing traditionally-inspired music since the late 1960s, when he co-founded the Battlefield Band. Two of these three CDs are representative of some of his more recent work. The third, The Road Never Questions, is a compilation of his work from . . . → Read More: Brian McNeill: The Newest Recordings
Way back in the Nineties I wrote this piece:
First up is a CD that you can’t purchase anywhere — yet. Hell, the band doesn’t even have a proper name yet, but they’ve been called both the Old Drones and the Windbags.The Editor got two copies of this EP, so he slipped me one of . . . → Read More: Alas the music did die…
Kim Bates recommends Keogh’s Irish Pub at 141 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
You couldn’t ask for better hosts than John Maxwell and Dora Koegh, of Dora Keogh’s Irish Pub. Both John and Dora make community building seem effortless, and have built the relatively new (circa 1997) pub into a hub for celebrating Irish culture . . . → Read More: Venue Recomendation: Keogh’s Irish Pub
One of my favorite summer music festivals, the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival, is back for a second, a truly good piece of news! Sleeping Hedgehog has their new press release up now and I will only add that one of the acts I’m looking fears to seeing there is Black 47 whose headlining on one . . . → Read More: Saltwater Celtic Music Festival
Recalling the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that are part and parcel of Christmas in Irish families, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols, and even a jigging Bach in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. With her signature warmth, Ivers invites listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration that’s . . . → Read More: The Warmth and Mirth of an Irish Christmas: Fiddler Eileen Ivers, Tricky Wrens, and Troublesome Cakes on U.S. Tour (Press Release)