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The Cottars – “One of the Hottest Acts in the Folk World Today!”

Artist PhotoSt. Catharines, Ontario, March 26th, 2006…Hailed as “one of the hottest acts in the folk world today” (Boston Globe), The Cottars have become a Cape Breton Island music success story. They have grown up as musicians with a great affinity for Celtic music traditions, but they also have a flare for innovation and experimentation. In the same set, you may hear a centuries-old Irish air, an equally ancient Scottish fiddle tune, a contemporary American folk song, and a self-composed piece by one of the group’s members.

The Cottars will once again light up the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre with their amazing brand of Celtic pop/folk Cape Breton inspired music on Friday, April 7th, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre for the Arts, Brock University. Following their performance there will be an Artist Chat with The Cottars in the theatre lobby. Please note this performance is sold out.

The Cottars are two brother/sister pairs who met while performing separately, yet on the same bill, at a Cape Breton festival in 2000. A bond between the young musicians was immediately obvious – “It was almost destiny that we all met.” Fiona MacGillivray, 16 years old, is the group’s lead vocalist who also contributes whistles, harp, and bodhrán. Her brother Ciarán, age 17, is the band’s in-house arranger/composer and plays keyboards, guitar and flute. They are both from Albert Bridge. From nearby Baddeck comes fiddler Roseanne MacKenzie, just 15 and already considered an important talent in the rich world of Cape Breton fiddlers. Brother Jimmy, age 18, plays the driving rhythm guitar that underpins the group’s sound, and is responsible for hilariously droll between-song banter.

The Cottars’ debut CD, Made in Cape Breton, was released to critical acclaim in 2002. In 2003 the group was named Best New Artist at the East Coast Music Awards and in 2005 won Best Roots/Traditional Album (also at ECMA) for their second release On Fire! - a satisfying ‘next chapter’ in the story of this remarkable band. Their latest release, Forerunner, is a coming-of-age CD for The Cottars. Six years of constant touring and recording have seen the group evolve from talented youngsters to a group that can hold its own on the world stage. Produced by Gordie Sampson and Allister MacGillivray (father of Fiona and Ciarán, and a Canadian folk music singer in his own right), Forerunner features gloriously evocative vocals and slow airs that sit comfortably alongside reels and jigs.

Since forming in late 2000, The Cottars have received standing ovations at virtually every show they’ve performed. They are currently on an extended US tour with their heroes The Chieftains that includes stops at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

For further information regarding this performance or any others in our 2005/2006 Professional Entertainment Season, please call the Centre for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 ext. 3257, Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, noon - 4:00 p.m. or online at www.arts.brocku.ca. Subject to availability, $5 tickets are made available for all performances to high school students through the eyeGO to the Arts program. Please ask the Box Office for details.

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To arrange artist interviews, please contact:
Sara Palmieri, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
905-688-5550 ext. 4914
sara.palmieri@brocku.ca

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