A holiday feast of music, song, dance, and stories awaits at Nollaig Shona, a Celtic Christmas concert, featuring three of the top names in Irish and Cape Breton traditional music.
Nuala Kennedy (originally from Ireland), Andrea Beaton of Cape Breton, and Troy MacGillivray from Nova Scotia will share the joy, laughter, and relaxed atmosphere of neighbors gathered around the fire at a holiday “house session" in Ireland or “kitchen party" on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island.
Kennedy’s hauntingly beautiful vocals and adventurous instrumentation on fiddle and flute spring from traditional Irish and Scottish music as well as from the fathomless realms of her own imagination. Singing in English, Irish, and Scots Gaelic, she has a “voice as luminous as her flute,” according to Rhythms Magazine.
Coming from a long line of Cape Breton musicians (internationally acclaimed fiddler Natalie MacMaster is a cousin), Beaton has established herself through the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, and the crispness of her attack. She also plays piano, and her percussive Cape Breton-style dancing is exhilarating.
Multi-instrumentalist MacGillivray from Lanark, Nova Scotia has been playing music and step dancing since he was a young child and teaching at Cape Breton’s Gaelic College in St. Ann since he was 13. The winner of numerous music awards, he is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to culture in Canada.
Joining the trio for this tour will be the very talented guitarist, Jake Charron. Come experience tradition. Nollaig Shona is sure to make your Christmas merry.