Having fun with live music - Cape Breton style
St. Peter's, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: On this web site we'll bring you information about upcoming live music events in our neighbourhood. Everything from open jam sessions to concerts, music and dance workshops, ceilidhs, square dances & all kinds of dances, open mikes...and any kind of excuse to play live traditional music together. All traditions are fair game.
If you have traditional music events to promote here - or news and pics of your recent events to share, please Contact Us.
It's in our blood to celebrate with live music of all kinds. Although there is a definite Celtic twist to some of what you'll experience here - we love to play Old Time, Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues, Acadian and Cajun, Folk, Country and Klezmer. We delight in hosting musical guests from around the world and invite you to come and mix your stuff up with ours.
We love to jam - and welcome visiting players to sit in on our sessions. All styles of music are welcome - we have a very democratic circle-jam approach where everybody gets to lead their own tune or song in turn, with back-up from everybody else. We want to learn from you and for you to learn from us.
Coming next: Kitchen Rackets at Celtic Colours
8 nightly jam sessions, and a week of music workshops, from October 11 through 18 in St. Peter's
Thanks to the sponsors and supporters who have helped make our event during Celtic Colours a resounding success for the past six years!
You could learn to play the whistle - or the fiddle - from scratch! Join island fiddler Dwayne Cote for our brand new fiddle-from-scratch classes, or Paul Davis, who has taught more beginners to play the Irish tinwhistle in Cape Breton than anybody, and with great results. Roger Stone leads our Singing 101 and Banjo workshops. JP Cormier returns with his incredible guitar discovery workshop. Dwayne also leads intermediate and advanced fiddle workshops and workshops to teach guitarists how to chord along to Celtic tunes. Master Luthier Johannes Sturm presents a workshop on the care and feeding of your stringed instrument.
All visiting musicians, dancers and singers are invited to join us for our after-hours jam sessions. Each evening, after the concerts, a local player will host an open jam session. Sit in with local Cape Breton players - we'll back up your leads, and you can try backing up ours.
For more details on our Celtic Colours programs, and how you can participate, please click here.