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Celtic Colours - 6-14 October

Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate its rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, Celtic Colours offers a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.

At one of the many concerts you’ll find some of the world’s finest musicians sharing the stage with Cape Breton’s best singers, dancers, players, story-tellers and culture bearers in venues that range from community halls and churches to modern schools and theatres.

With Celtic Colours’ ambitious schedule (as many as six concerts a day), it is simply impossible to see and hear everything. The organizers of the Festival realize this and take special care in the programming of each show so that it is possible to get a taste of all that the Festival has to offer on any given day. Whether it’s Gaelic singing, Cape Breton fiddling, local dance traditions, or an afternoon of world-class bagpiping, you can tailor your musical experiences to suit your tastes.

With a focus on Roots and celebrating Canada, there will be a number of Canadian artists performing at the Festival including first-timers Garnet Rogers, IVA (featuring Inuit throat-singer Kathleen Merritt), Catherine MacLellan, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, The Small Glories, Bon Débarras, and Cape Breton’s own Heather Rankin. Local favourites J.P. Cormier, Howie MacDonald, Kinnon and Betty Lou Beaton, Brenda Stubbert and the Men of the Deeps will welcome back international artists including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ann MacPhee, Alison Brown, Phil Cunningham, and Seudan. John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Dirk Powell will also be returning and introducing folks like Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Eamon O’Leary, and Rhiannon Giddens.

For more info see: the Celtic Colours website