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This year’s Celtic Colours International Festival will open on October 5th, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Arena, with the world-renowned group The Chieftains and close nine days later, at the Big Fiddle in Sydney, with a special tribute celebrating 20 years of the Barra MacNeils. The festival continues to grow and this year will feature 45 performances, over 200 education presentations, dinners, dances, guided walks and a visual art series.

All of this activity is spread over 46 Cape Breton communities and helps to explain why Celtic Colours received the ECMA Event of the Year Award for the past three years. Performers will be coming from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the USA and eight Canadian Provinces. Performing at Celtic Colours for the first time are Scotland’s Shooglenifty, Saltfishforty, Chris Stout & Catriona McKay, Sangsters, Catriona Watt and Calum Alex MacMillan. Also making their first visit to Cape Breton are Gwenan Gibbard from Wales, Ireland’s Karan Casey Band, and Quebec’s Genticorum. Some of the returning artists who have become great friends of Celtic Colours include Scotland’s, Dougie MacLean, Ireland’s Michael Black and Canadian singer/songwriters, Ron Hynes and David Francey. Artists in Residence this year are Cape Breton’s, Wendy MacIsaac and the Scottish trio, Lau, who will be working with some of the new generation of East Coast composers to create a commission piece called the New Tunemakers.

For a detailed look at the 2007 Celtic Colours line-up and to purchase tickets, visit their website
You can also call 562-6700 (locally) or 1-877-285-2321 (toll free in North America) for information.

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