Celtic Colours Festival
One of the great things about living in Cape Breton is the music, it is everywhere you turn. The Scottish Gaelic tradition is very much alive here and Nova Scotia actually has an official Minister of Gaelic Culture and Cape Breton is the epicenter of everything Celtic. Even with the small population of the island you can find live music every night of the week somewhere on the island, but it is especially true this week. Every year at this time the Celtic Colours Festival is held in dozens of location around the island with hundreds of artists both local and international. We attended the kick-off concert on Friday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center which starred the Chieftains (or rather the Chieftain - since Paddy Maloney was the only original member there) and guests. It was quite the concert, and there are dozens of reviews that can be found on-line, so I'll leave the reviews to them. I must note, however, that when we lived in Maryland we thought it uplifting that Martin O'Malley, the governor, could play the guitar and sing, but I have to admit that seeing Rodney MacDonald, the Premier of Nova Scotia get up on the stage Friday and step dance took the politician-performer to another level. We've seen/heard him play the fiddle and step dance many times over the last ten years, but seeing him in his official capacity, in a suit, on the stage in front of several hundred people was special. We've got tickets to 5 more concerts this week, in smaller venues so I am expecting to be well entertained but exhausted by the weekend.
Article in the Cape Breton Post