Celtic Colours back in Maine

Sep 05, 2012
Carmel Mikol

Unity — New England Celtic Arts, playing host to Cape Breton's Celtic Colours International Celtic Festival, will present the festival’s Roots to the Future concert in a select few theaters throughout Maine including Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

In 2010, Cape Breton songwriter Carmel Mikol brought forward the idea of pairing up young songwriters with young tune makers to see how traditional music influences their contemporary work. The resulting concert was so much more than the sum of its parts that it was decided to do it again. This year, Celtic Colours is revisiting the concept with some new faces and some new approaches to creation. Mikol will be touring in Maine with participants Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen.

After triple East Coast Music Award nominations for her debut "In My Bones," Mikol released her follow-up album "Creature" with a companion book and e-book titled "Creature of Habit." Since its 2011 release, the "Creature" album and book have received rave reviews from both sides of the Canada/United States border, cementing Carmel's reputation as a bright up-and-coming songwriter.

Davis is a fiddler from Baddeck, Cape Breton. She picked up the fiddle when she was 12, first taking lessons from her grandfather Clarence Long. She continued on to learn from Karen Beaton, and also from Stan Chapman and Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University. During the 2007 Celtic Colours International Festival, she was presented with the Tic Butler Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to Cape Breton culture.

McMullen is a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. His list of instruments includes mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. He started young on piano and then guitar and played his way through the popular pub band scene until he landed a gig with J.P. Cormier in 2004. Since then he has released three solo albums and has toured with a wide range of names; and is a regular member of the popular progressive Celtic band Sprag Session.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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