If you like Celtic or folk music...I have the group for you. Comprised of two brother-and-sister duos in their mid-teens; this Canadian quartet have signed with Irish Tenor John McDermott's record label.
Please take a minute and listen to some samples here and let me know what you think of them.
Many thanks for the link. I've just had a listen to some of the clips and I'm really impressed. One of the girls has a particularly attractive voice, and the harmonies are beautiful. They are also very accomplished musicians, and the CDs are very well produced.
Many thanks for the link to the Cottars. I have listened to every clip and think they're brilliant. They remind me very much of another band from Cape Breton (or thereabouts) - The Rankin Family. Do you remember them?
Anyway, all tracks sounded very intersting but the one that particularly impressed me was track 10 from the "On Fire" CD. It says it is called 'Bodhran / Fiddle Medley' but it clearly isn't that. What you get is a beautiful love song which has persuaded me to put the CD on my wish list. I will check to see if HMV have it but, if necessary, will order it online.
It is interesting that they record with John MacDermott's label although I didn't know he was Irish. I thought he was Canadian. Assuming it is the same person - a fine singer song-writer - I saw him several times while he was touring in the UK a few years ago with Judith Durham and the Seekers. I met him a couple of times and, as I have said about so many people lately, he is a really nice chap.
Other familiar names appeared on the Cottars website too. For example I have CDs by Altan and Leahy. Two superb folk/Celtic bands.
Hi all, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the above link!! The four talented young musicians are Fiona and Ciarán MacGillivray and Jimmy and Roseanne MacKenzie.
Richard, that lovely voice belongs to Fiona. The 'On Fire' CD has her playing the harp and Irish stepdancing. I love the bodhrán (a celtic drum) and the uillean pipes (similar to bagpipes).
Yes, Roger, the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia is certainly a hotbed of musical talent as well as Irish and Scottish ancestry. I guess it's not called New Scotland for nothing! I am familiar with the Rankin family of musicians. Raylene Rankin sang with the MacGillivrays' mother. The Rankins are one of the world's most successful musical families. Oh, two of the On Fire clips are switched ('Bodhran / Fiddle Medley' and Reconciliation). But you knew that! John McDermott is Canadian; he was at one time part of the Irish Tenors. He's just reunited with fellow tenors Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns. Ronan Tynan's doing well on his own. Either Cottars members Roseanne or Fiona was on McDermott's last PBS special. Altan are brilliant; as well as Anuna. I'm not familiar with Leahy.
Hello Keith, I hope the Cottars tour UK and the rest of Europe.
I am in touch with the McGillivray family which, as some of you may know, is one half of the Cottars. Considering how long I have enjoyed their music, I am very pleased to have established contact in this way.
Watch this board for major development, coming very soon, in co-operation with them.
When the legendary Chieftains take to the stage in downtown Charlottetown, NS on July 17th, fans of Celtic music will be in for a big treat - this is The Chieftains' only Canadian date this summer. Back in May of last year, The Cottars were asked to perform with The Chieftains in Halifax as part of a major CBC Television special, which first aired in September. At that time, Paddy Maloney was quoted as saying, "It's only a matter of time before The Cottars take the world by storm." The Cottars will support The Chieftains in an opening set at the Charlottetown show, and rumour has it that they will also be asked to perform with the group again during the finale.
(July 21) Cape Breton's The Cottars have shared the stage again with Ireland's and legendary traditional group, The Chieftains. On July 17th, several blocks of downtown Charlottetown were closed off to traffic, and a large stage was set on the street just outside the City's Confederation Centre for a three hour concert. The Cottars kicked off the show with a half-hour set that left the large crowd on their feet and shouting for more. The Cottars came back later to perform an instrumental set with The Chieftains, and were also part of the grand finale.