Nine days, dozens of concerts, incredible talent and incredible scenery. That’s what awaits you at the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival. Starting October 7th, 45 concerts will be staged in 33 different communities.
The annual event has been entertaining audiences from around the world for 15 years. To celebrate, select concerts will be going live online thanks to a new Atlantic Canadian company – Live-online.ca
“Were excited to work with the Celtic Colours International Festival for our first broadcast event,” said Aaron Young, founding partner with Live-Online.ca. “Through our partnership with Bell-Aliant, we have an incredible opportunity to bring Nova Scotia’s rich culture to audiences across North America and around the world. These shows are live, so you can experience them as they happen.”
Live-Online.ca wants to bring the many wonderful cultural events and festivals held throughout Atlantic Canada to a larger audience online.
At Celtic Colours this year, you’ll enjoy the usual toe-tapping shows dedicated to ape Breton fiddlers, piping, guitar, piano, Gaelic song and dancing. Concerts will also celebrate the contribution of legendary Cape Breton composer Dan R. MacDonald, and pay tribute to Alice Freeman for hosting ceilidhs in Inverness for over 20 years.
Popular performers from past festivals visiting this year include Blazin' Fiddles, Dougie MacLean, Karine Polwart, Archie Fisher, Ron Hynes, James Keelaghan, Cathy Ann MacPhee, and Anna Massie. Returning from last year are Old Man Luedecke, Tim Edey, Lewis MacKinnon, Niamh Ní Charra, and the
Artists new to the Festival this year include Ireland's Alan Kelly Quartet, the April Verch Trio from the Ottawa Valley, Scottish Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, and Cape Breton's own bluegrass legends in the making Crowdis
And of course, no Celtic Colours would be complete with our very own favourites like Ashley MacIsaac, J.P. Cormier and the Elliot Brothers, Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, Carl MacKenzie, Winnie Chafe, Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert, Doug MacPhee, Dave MacIsaac, the Colin Grant Band, Glenn Graham, Rodney MacDonald, Marc Boudreau, Douglas Cameron, Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, Dwayne Cote, Troy MacGillivray, and Kimberley Fraser.
To view the live shows online or to learn more about Celtic Colours International Festival visit www.celtic-colours.com.