Fresh off hearing that there album Rove has been nominated for an East Coast Music Award, in the roots/traditional recording category, Cape Breton band Còig is set to play three Nova Scotia shows, including in Port Hawkesbury, Feb. 17, at Shannon Studio.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
The other shows are in Truro and Margaretsville.
Còig is made up of four accomplished musicians and described as “one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere traditional groups.”
Members include fiddler Chrissy Crowley from Margaree, Rachel Davis from Baddeck, Jason Roach from Chéticamp and Darren McMullen, from Hardwood Lands which is in the Hants County region of Nova Scotia.
“It’s not something we get to do all the time in the band form,” Davis said of the local shows, especially referring to the one in Port Hawkesbury.
“We play the smaller pub gigs around the island in the summer-time; that is mostly what we end up doing when we’re at home … most often in duos. So we don’t get to do band stuff at home very often. It’s a whole other experience and a lot of fun, whenever we can bring band arrangements to Cape Breton.”
McMullen talked about their performances.
“It’s a mix of songs and tunes,” he said. “Probably more tunes than songs but fairly high energy. We keep the traditional Cape Breton stuff in there; some of it is a little more arranged and intricate, more involved, but still a healthy dose of foot stomping tunes.”
Davis and McMullin also talked about shows coming up in Denmark this summer.
“That’s really exciting for us,” MacMullin said. “The Tønder Festival is one of the biggest folk music festivals there is, in the world. It’s not easy to get in to … we’ve certainly tried before.
“Representatives from the festival were either at the ECMAs or Celtic Colours – I think it was the ECMAs (when they were nominated for their 2014 album Five) – they had brought some people in to check out the East Coast music and they saw our showcase. They liked what they saw, they asked us to come over, and we happily said ‘yes.’”
Davis described playing the festival at the top of her list.
“For a very long time,” she said of the wish-list entry.
“We all heard such amazing things about that festival from friends of ours, who said it’s a festival you really need to hit. And none of us have been to Denmark before so we’re really excited for that.
“And there are already a whole list of bands we love, who are going to be playing there, including a lot of bands from Canada as well, so it’s going to be a really fun time.”