Cape Breton Super Group, COIG to play in Calais

Calais Celtic Concerts will present our most popular group, COIG, (pronounced Ko-ig) at the Calais High School on Saturday night, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. US, 8:00 p.m. Canadian time. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. EST Coig was our first ever sell-out, and is a very popular group always bringing in huge audiences. It is suggested that you buy your tickets and/or make your reservations early.

Their new CD “Rove” was produced and arranged by Coig, at Dave Gunning's Wee House of Music in Pictou County. All members of Coig contributed material to the “Rove” project, either newly self-composed, or dug up from older traditional sources. McMullen does a very good version of Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill and Rachel Davis does a beautiful job singing Down the Road written by Mary McCaslin. Along with a Gaelic song and driving instrumentals, this CD is destined for awards.

Coig is one of Canada's premier traditional groups. With the fiery Celtic style as its musical core, Coig easily shifts between century old tunes of past generations to original and contemporary compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles and more). With driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy Coig is an unparalleled musical force.

Fiddler Chrissy Crowley, from Margaree, Cape Breton has an impressive list of awards, nominations and international appearances. Chrissy embraces her Celtic roots and makes them her own through original compositions coupled with contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes.

Darren McMullen from Hardwood Lands, NS, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist. Easily switching between guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo with Coig, this “Swiss-army knife” keeps the rhythm sound diverse and is sure to impress with his lead playing of various “on-stage weapons”.

Rachel Davis from Baddeck, Cape Breton spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home. In a genre that sees many performers pushing the envelope and testing new waters, her style of playing traditional tunes in a traditional way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard and is so sought after.

Jason Roach, from Cheticamp, Cape Breton is one of the most impressive piano players you will ever hear. With a style all his own and unparalleled intensity on the keys, you'll have to remind yourself that there are other players on the stage.

Their debut album Five was released to rave reviews and has earned the band the Canadian Folk Music Award, The Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording and the East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

The Calais High School is located at 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais, ME right off of Route 1 driving south out of Calais. Tickets are $20 adult, $5 for 15 years and under. Families and kids are encouraged to see this group and the magic of a Calais Celtic Concert. Pre-show tickets are on sale at Karen's Diner and Korner Pub, downtown Calais. Show time will be at 7:00 p.m. US/ 8:00 p.m. Canadian time. For more info/reservations call 207-214-2067, or see our Facebook page: Calais Celtic Concert Series and LIKE our site.

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