It's always a treat when these musicians get together on the same stage. They are among Cape Breton‘s most respected musicians and they are teaming up again for a rare performance together at The Rogue. Last year's sold out performance was a highly memorable evening!
Since getting their start at a late night session during Celtic Colours in 1998, Beòlach has established itself as one of Cape Breton’s most exciting and innovative traditional bands. Performing a lively mix of Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes, the group features Mairi Rankin (fiddle, step-dance), Wendy MacIsaac (fiddle, piano, step-dance), Mac Morin (piano, accordion, step-dance) and Matt MacIsaac (Highland pipes, whistles, guitar and banjo). On stage and in their recordings, Beòlach presents original compositions as well as unique, dynamic arrangements of classic traditional tunes.
The band has thrilled audiences at festivals around the world with their energetic performances, witty presentation, and their versatility as dancers and instructors. Each of the players in Beòlach is an experienced performer in his/her own right, having played for dances and concerts around Cape Breton and beyond long before they got together as a group. They have in total released half a dozen solo albums and have made individual guest appearances on countless other albums. Beòlach’s two group recordings, Beòlach (2001) and Variations (2004), were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards and in 2005 the band was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Instrumental Artist. As representatives of the Cape Breton culture and masters of their craft, this group will vow to make it a lively night of music, complete with infectious rhythms and honest humour that people have come to love from the East Coast.
These artists rarely get a chance to play together in front of an audience, thanks to Mairi now living on the west coast and touring with her amazing band The Outside Track, Mac and Matt touring with Natalie MacMaster‘s band and Wendy touring with Mary Jane Lamond and her own music. So, they love it when dates align and a night like this is possible. After touring extensively throughout North America, the U.K. and Europe for 11 years with Beòlach, they have loads of great arrangements with tunes that are favourites to the four accomplished Cape Breton ambassadors.
As we’re fond of saying, if you’re a fan of this kind of music (and who isn’t really?) you’d have to be daft to pass up this opportunity!
Friday, January 31 2020
8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
Mel Lehan Hall at St. James - 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets for $30 / $26 members
Available online at www.roguefolk.bc.ca in person at Highlife Records and Tapestry Music
or call the Rogue Ticket Hotline at 604-736-3022
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