Fans of The Cot­tars can on group’s new CD

CD will be avail­able to­day in stores and on­line

Cape Breton Post - - FOOD FOCUS - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT

Ciarán said Feast is not a big de­par­ture from what fans heard from The Cot­tars on three pre­vi­ous, crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums — 2002’s Made in Cape Bre­ton, 2004’s On Fire, and Fore­run­ner in 2006 — with a mix of vo­cals, pi­ano, gui­tar, fid­dle, Gaelic song, tin whis­tle, Ir­ish bouzouki, Ir­ish flute, bodhrán and Celtic harp on the new CD. But they have also def­i­nitely in­tro­duced some new sounds and style. for Fiona to ex­plore the vo­cal ranges of blue­grass,” he said.

Ciarán said the group sought out ma­te­rial that they thought would ap­peal to fans but also songs and tunes that they them­selves felt very pas­sion­ate about and loved to play.

“ This al­bum was quite a lot of fun to put to­gether as a mat­ter of fact and there was a great deal of fun in­volved in the stu­dio and we, for the first time, have two orig­i­nal songs ( On a Pier and Hymn for N) by my sis­ter Fiona and we also tack­led a Gor­don Lightfoot song ( Song for Stephen Foster), which most peo­ple aren’t fa­mil­iar with, not one of his big hits but one that’s kind of been swept un­der the car­pet a bit and we did our own ar­range­ment of that,” he said.

Lo­cal fans of The Cot­tars will be able to catch the four­some on stage dur­ing the East Coast Mu­sic Awards, Fes­ti­val and Con­fer­ence, tak­ing place in Syd­ney March 4-7. The Cot­tars are sched­uled to per­form March 5 at the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pavil­ion as part of the ECMA Con­cert Se­ries.

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