New England Celtic Arts has joined forces with The Maine Highland Games and the American Folk Festival to present “A Taste of Celtic Colours” at several locations in Maine.

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive lineup of workshops, a visual art series of exhibitions and a nightly Festival Club.

The “A Taste of Celtic Colours” tour, a first for Maine, is made up of five of Cape Breton’s finest young musicians regularly featured at the festival.

Leading the group is Colin Grant with fellow musicians Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis, Chrissy Crowley and Jason Roach. The five-member team will take part in numerous workshops and concerts at the Maine Highland Games on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20-21, at the Topsham Fairgrounds and at the American Folk Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-29 on the Bangor waterfront.

New England Celtic Arts will host the group at 7:30 p.m. at Skye Theatre in Carthage on Sunday, Aug. 22; Lakeside Theatre in Rangeley on Tuesday, Aug. 24; Skye Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 25; and Unity Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Raised in Toronto, Grant began his musical career at an early age at the Royal Conservatory of Music, studying classical violin. When his family moved to Cape Breton in 1998, he took lessons in fiddle and guitar from acclaimed musician and teacher Allie Bennett. With his innovative approach to arranging and composing tunes, his musical style continues to develop.

A multi-instrumentalist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, McMullen plays mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. He is recognized as one of the finest musicians of stringed instruments in Nova Scotia.

Davis studied fiddle with Cape Breton fiddler Karen Beaton for four years. Most recently, she studied fiddle with Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in Celtic studies.

Roach holds a bachelor of music degree from St. Francis Xavier University and has performed in public since 1997, including many piano solos and sharing the stage with a variety of instrumentalists.

A traditional fiddler and recording artist, Crowley released her debut album in 2007. She is the granddaughter of fiddlers Bill Crowley and Archie Neil Chisholm.

For schedules and times for the Maine Highland Games and the American Folk Festival, visit www.mainehighlandgames.org and www.americanfolkfestival.com.

Tickets are $10 at the door at Skye and UCCPA. They are $12.50 in advance (at the theater and at www.rangeleymovies.com) and $15 at the door at Lakeside. For reservations, call Lakeside Theater at 864-5000, Skye at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469.

Lakeside Theater is on Main Street in Rangeley; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive in Carthage; and UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity.


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