The Rogues"One of the top celtic music acts today!"
-- Celtic Music Magazine
Voted #1 out of bands from around the world The Rogues have performed globally
for millions of people. Album & group of the year; millions of hits on YouTube; shows in Asia, Europe, Las Vegas, New
York, Chicago, Atlantic City, Miami, a Hollywood film, Washington with th U.S. Air Force Symphony...The numbers show The Rogues
are taking on the worlds of Celtic, Rock, Folk, World and Classical music. Visit their Website
Celtic Rant, a local trio of traditional acoustic musicians draw on
the rich repertoire of East Coast Celtic traditions of intricate instrumentals, sea shanties, Irish ballads and original compositions,
Celtic Rant have forged a polished sound around the guitar, piano and mandolin.
Celtic Rant was formed in 2006,
drawing together pianist Kelly MacDonald, mandolinist Rob Wigle, and guitarist Victor Fraser. The trio has been playing
shows for the past year, building a solid fanbase around Halifax and in Cape Breton.
Evans & Doherty
Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty have been an integral part
of the East Coast music scene for thirty years. They have been together as Evans & Doherty for twenty six years.
To capture the essence of an Evans & Doherty performance, take a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary
songs, add a liberal sprinkling of stories and humour, then sit back and enjoy these fine entertainers.
As well as performing
front and center on stage, Evans & Doherty are involved with many aspects of the music industry. Brian owns and
operates Eastern Entertainment Agency, a booking agency and production company which co-ordinates tours of Atlantic Canada
for many Canadian and international acts
Evans & Doherty along with Jimmy Sweeney, have a recording titled “Sailing
Ships & Sailing Men”, the musical companion to a one-hour radio program written by the trio and broadcast on CBC’s
Atlantic Airwaves. The program deals with life at sea and the songs used by sailors while they worked.
Cassie and Maggie
Fun, exciting, charming and talented Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
are a dynamic Celtic sister duo who have emerged onto the music scene as the ones to watch.
Born in Halifax, with strong
roots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the girls have been wowing audiences across Canada with their unique blend of original and
traditional Celtic music. Cassie's fiddle playing has been described as "sweet and elegant with just the right amount
of raw power" while Maggie's piano playing has an irresistible drive that will leave your foot incapable of staying
still and complements Cassie's playing perfectly.
Together these delightful sisters bring more than your average
fiddle and piano duo; Cassie is an award winning highland and step dancer and also sings harmony for Maggie. In addition to
her piano playing, Maggie sings lead, plays guitar, banjo, accordion and is also an accomplished step dancer. Their music
fits together seamlessly encompassing various styles from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish polkas, Quebecois fiddling and footwork
to down east standards. Their vocal harmonies are sweet yet powerful and their step dancing exact and exciting, showing off
their youthful charm and energy.
Cosán is back at the
Canada's Irish Festival this year with a new repertoire of traditional songs and music. Cosán is a Celtic
music trio based in Prince-Edward-Island, Canada.
Marie (Tin whistles, keyboard and vocals) Andree (Fiddle and vocals)
and Claudie (Guitar and vocals) are three sisters who grew up in Eastern Canada where traditional music has always had an
important presence. Self-taught musicians, they started to sing and play instruments for friends and family before discovering
the wonderful sound of Irish music. They decided to share their passion for Celtic music and songs playing tunes inspired
by the true traditional Irish roots blended with musical influences from the Maritimes.
Cosán have a large and
diversified repertoire of traditional songs to which they added their own musical and vocal arangements. Their music
concert includes lively rythmic reels, slow Irish ballads along with popular Irish and Gaelic songs. Visit their website
Strings And A Goat Skin
in the traditional, the young members of Ten Stings And A Goat Skin celebrate the music of the Irish & Francophone they
share, infuse it with modern world rhythms and interpretations to create an infectious energy and sound that speaks to all
Their debut album, Tri, received Music PEI`s 2012 Roots Traditional recording of the Year and was nominated for
the 2012 East Coast Music Award in the same category. With extensive touring around the Maritimes this year, the group has
been nominated for the 2013 Music PEI SpinCount Touring Artists of the year.
Brothers, Caleb Gallant & Rowen Gallant
and best friend, Jesse Périard, hailing from PEI’s North Shore are, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin.“
Visit their website
Roberts is a talented musician and singer from Belfast, Ireland. He plays guitar, flute, whistle, bass and the bohran. Gerry
has toured the U.S. and Canada with well-known bands. While he works in Belfast during the winter, Gerry travels to the Miramichi
for his summers.
Miramichi Retired Five
but still playing the music they love for the past ten years! Don Ryan (fiddle), James Guimond (mandolin), and Ivan Breau
(guitar) were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Wally Jimmo (accordion) and David Wood (keyboard) were in the teaching
profession. They play not only tunes from across Canada but also Irish music.
The Sham-Rocks are four friends who have been together
since the turn of the century. Their love of Maritime music as well as old Irish and Scottish tunes combined with their harmonies
have all at their performances singing, clapping their hands and tapping their feet. The Sham-Rocks are Bill McCallum, Sean
Brownlow, Erno Reti and Jim Stokes.
The Miramichi Fiddlers
The Miramichi Fiddlers was founded in 1991 and now consists of 35 members (as of 2008). They entertain at many Fiddle
Doos and other events throughout New Brunswick. The group has two cassette recordings and a new CD, "Miramichi Fiddlers",
to their credit. Their recordings are nice souvenirs and can be purchased at local Fiddle Doos or at Norm's
Barber Shop, 119 Jail Street, Newcastle, Miramichi. The annual Miramichi Fiddle Festival is held in conjunction with the Miramichi
Heritage Foundation the first week in August. For information contact Carmel Jagoe at (506) 622-7016. The Miramichi Fiddlers
meet for practice every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at the Seamans Hospital Heritage Building, Vye Street, Douglastown, Miramichi,
N.B. Everyone is welcome to join in or just come and listen.
The Saint John Comhaltas
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1951. Its mandate is to promote traditional
Irish music and culture, and there are more than 400 branches around the world. Comhaltas (pronounced COAL-tas) is the popular term for the organization, which operates on a non-profit basis. The Saint John branch of Comhaltas is the eastern-most chapter in Canada. We hold
sessions at 7:30pm on Tuesday nights at O'Leary's Pub on Princess Street, in Saint John NB, from September to June.
Our focus is on traditional music and instruments; come and join in or just relax and enjoy the music. We're always
looking for new members who share a love of traditional Irish music and culture.