Music

Cape Breton Island is a hotbed of Celtic music and we encourage everyone to participate in the music at a ceilidh, concert or festival.

With well known artists like Natalie MacMaster or the Barra MacNeils, it is believed that Cape Breton Island has more fiddlers per capita than anywhere on the planet. Our traditional music, passed down through the generations, was originally played in gatherings in homes, but has since moved into many different venues.

Songs and tunes fill everything from our finest performance venues to intimate community halls. And, of course, the music is plentiful at our amazing festivals.

Events

Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Thursday, October 4th 2018

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 2018 A concert not to be missed that always sell out quickly! Opening concert for the Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp featuring a host of Cape Breton's finest fiddlers together with top-notch…

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Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Centre

Monday, June 4th 2018 - Sunday, October 14th 2018

Stop in and experience one of our famous Lunch Ceilidhs in the Ceilidh Pub featuring authentic live Celtic music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians, 7 days a week…

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Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 5th 2018 - Saturday, October 13th 2018

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since…

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Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 2nd 2018 - Friday, September 28th 2018

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes,…

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Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

Thursday, January 4th 2018 - Wednesday, December 12th 2018

Every Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the Great Hall of the Clans comes alive with lively music, dancing, songs, and more! Experience true Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Begins at 7:30pm

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Experiences

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Experience Gaelic culture with concerts, ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees), classes, and more! A visit to the Great Hall of the Clans gives you an inside look at the traditions of those who settled in this area.…

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Strathspey Place

Enriching performances of music, dance, and folklore, Strathspey Place is a 491-soft-seat theatre with state of the art sound and lighting, located on the Ceilidh Trail nestled among the rolling hills of Cape Breton Island.…

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Celtic Colours International Festival

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since its introduction…

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Highland Sitting Room at Keltic Lodge

The Highland Sitting Room offers a tasteful, sociable atmosphere to unwind with your favourite beverage after a round of golf or day at the beach. With a seafood-inspired, light pub fare menu and nightly entertainment…

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