Fes­ti­val’s fi­nal hur­rah

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

Af­ter nine days packed solid with con­certs, com­mu­nity meals and events, the Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val winds down to­day with four re­main­ing con­certs and 33 com­mu­nity events.

One con­cert that hasn’t yet sold out is the Grand Fi­nale tonight at Cen­tre 200. This con­cert will fea­ture cel­e­brated English folk singer/ song­writer Kate Rusby, con­sid­ered one of the finest in­ter­preters of tra­di­tional folk songs and an emo­tive song­writer. It’s her first time at Celtic Colours and MacSween couldn’t be more pleased to have her per­form at the fes­ti­val.

Mary Jane La­mond and Wendy MacIsaac will also be on hand to bring their Gaelic song and dance in­flu­enced mu­sic to the au­di­ence.

Scot­tish com­poser and ac­cor­dion­ist Phil Cun­ning­ham will also per­form along the the Voices of Naomhog project and the Change of Step dancers.

Ear­lier in the day, a Pipers’ Ceilidh will take place at the Gaelic Col­lege at 2 p.m., fea­tur­ing many of the is­land’s best pipers. J.P. Cormier, Dave Gun­ning, Rum Ragged and Gangspil will per­form “Tunes In The Af­ter­noon” at Sydney’s High­land Arts Theatre at 2 p.m. and the fi­nal Fes­ti­val Club event will oc­cur at the Gaelic Col­lege start­ing at 11 p.m.

To say it’s a busy nine days would be an un­der­state­ment. With 49 ma­jor con­certs and close to 400 com­mu­nity events, per­form­ers, or­ga­niz­ers and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers have been go­ing all out to make this year’s fes­ti­val suc­ceed. First held in 1997, the fes­ti­val has fea­tured hun­dreds of mu­si­cians from around the Celtic world and at­tracted thou­sands of tourists to the is­land dur­ing Thank­giv­ing week.

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