Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Colin Grant Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Raised in Toronto, Grant began his musical career at age four at the Royal Conservatory of Music, studying classical violin in the Suzuki program. By age 10, he began to explore Cape Breton-style traditional music, taking fiddle lessons from Sandy MacIntyre and at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, as well a studying piano accompaniment and step dancing. When his family moved to Cape Breton in 1998, Grant immersed himself in the local music scene, taking lessons in fiddle and guitar from acclaimed musician and teacher Allie Bennett as well as performing at ceilidhs, dances and concerts all over the island. He soon developed his own style of playing, his clean, lively sound proving versatile in venues as diverse as the West Mabou dance hall and the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.

Always comfortable before a live audience, Grant never declines an opportunity to take to the stage, whether being accompaniment for other musicians like ECMA nominee Luc Tardif or giving an energetic solo performance. Starting in the summer of 2002, he was cast in “Cape Breton Lyrics and Laughter,” a revue-style show featuring Cape Breton music and comedy. Over the past five summers, the show has been winning rave reviews from local critics and visitors alike through more than 200 performances at the Louisbourg Playhouse.

With a respect for the traditional sound of Cape Breton fiddle music and an innovative approach to arranging and composing tunes, Grant’s musical style will continue to develop and progress to the delight of audiences from all over the world.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre will be American Celtic-music quintet Bua Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. ($10).

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.