Fans of The Cottars can on group’s new CD
CD will be available today in stores and online
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.