New England Celtic Arts will present Coig Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets will be $15 at the door; for reservations, call 948-7469.

The group that has become Coig (pronounced “Koh-ick,” Scottish Gaelic for “five”) was formed in 2010 as a promotional tour for Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, under the moniker A Taste of Celtic Colours.  The group, which includes Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis and Jason Roach, will be featured at the world’s largest Irish festival in Milwaukee Aug. 16 through 19, then come to Maine for several shows upon their return.

Grant from Sydney, Cape Breton, has been touring steadily as a solo performer, as well as with Sprag Session, formerly known as the Colin Grant Band. Crowley, from Margaree, Cape Breton, has an impressive list of awards, nominations and international appearances. Davis, from Baddeck, Cape Breton, spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home and has toured for several years in Maine with Buddy MacDonald. Roach, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton, is one of the most impressive piano players on the scene today and McMullen, from Hardwoodlands, Nova Scotia, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist.

Busy solo appearances do not allow these five musicians to play together on the same stage very often; however they jumped at the chance to return to Maine as an ensemble and perform in the region once again.

Built from an 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and other various events. For more information visit

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