Celtic Colours kicks o Fri­day

Bri­tish folk mu­si­cian Kate Rusby a head­liner for the C.B. mu­sic and cul­ture fest

Truro Daily News - - Community - BY STEPHEN COOKE

One of the great shin­ing lights of the mod­ern Bri­tish folk mu­sic scene, Barns­ley singer Kate Rusby has been high on the list of Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees’ want list al­most since the event be­gan over 20 years ago.

Coin­ci­den­tally, the year Celtic Colours be­gan also marked the start of Rusby’s solo ca­reer, when her 1997 al­bum Hour­glass brought her af­fect­ing, im­pos­si­bly gor­geous lilt to the fore­front, the rst of 16 al­bums (four of them Christ­mas re­leases) that show­cased a keen ear for up­dat­ing time­less bal­lads, and an in­sight­ful song­writ­ing tal­ent as well.

Trav­el­ling long dis­tances was never Rusby’s favourite ac­tiv­ity, pointed out by the ti­tle of her 2005 al­bum e Girl Who Couldn’t Fly. But she and her band take to the skies next week to help close out Celtic Colours, which be­gins Fri­day with an all-star open­ing con­cert at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre, open­ing the flood­gates to a host of mu­si­cal per­for­mances and com­mu­nity events across Cape Bre­ton Is­land.

Rusby and co. per­form on Fri­day, Oct. 12 as part of Fid­dle and Folk Fri­day at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre at 7:30 p.m. (with Ja­son Mac­don­ald, Dwayne Cote and Ur: e Fu­ture of Our Past) and at e Grand Fi­nale at Syd­ney’s Cen­tre 200 on Satur­day, Oct. 13 (along­side Mary Jane La­mond and Wendy Macisaac, Phil Cun­ning­ham and Change of Step).

For the York­shire singer af­fec- tion­ately known as the Barns­ley Nightin­gale, she feels it was only a mat­ter of time un­til her voice rang out across the au­tumn-painted hills of Cape Bre­ton in Oc­to­ber.

“We’ve been hear­ing about it for years, mostly from friends who’ve been there when we meet up at other folk fes­ti­vals, pri­mar­ily our own Celtic Con­nec­tions over here,” she says over the line from her home near the vil­lage of Peni­s­tone.

“ ey keep telling us, ‘Oh, you’ve got to get to Celtic Colours, Cape Bre­ton is a fan­tas­tic place,’ and so it’s been on our radar for quite some time.”

Given the unique na­ture of Celtic Colours and its use of all of Cape Bre­ton as its back­drop – the de­scrip­tion re­minds Rusby of the Shet­land Folk Fes­ti­val in the re­mote North Scot­land ar­chi­pel­ago – she’ll prob­a­bly bring­ing home a new or­ga­ni­za­tional idea or two, and pos­si­bly some mu­si­cal ones as well.

On Rusby’s last re­lease of new ma­te­rial, 2016’s Life In a Pa­per Boat, she wrote and sang the haunting ti­tle track af­ter be­ing moved by sto­ries from the on­go­ing refugee cri­sis over­seas. Like other songs on the record, it also fea­tured the sound of a Moog syn­the­sizer, used sub­tly to en­hance the mood and pro­vide some oth­er­worldly at­mos­phere, but not em­ployed to the point of dis­trac­tion.

For more on her and her mu­sic, visit www.katerusby.com.


Bri­tish folk singer Kate Rusby is part of the Celtic Colours 2018 lineup. Con­trib­uted.

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