With the release of the their newest album, “Rove,” Nova Scotia's powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. “Rove” is drawing rave reviews from fans and critics and has recently been recognized with a 2018 East Coast Music Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year, a 2018 JUNO Award nomination, and 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award. On Saturday, Sept. 22, this electrifying group of musicians travels south to Maine to perform at the Opera House, to launch their fall U.S. tour.
With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world. Each member of the group has traditional roots, but each brings something more. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis is the most Cape Breton trad, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well.
From New England theater stages to huge European festivals to their own beloved small halls of Cape Breton, their shows are consistently described by critics as energetic. "We really feed a lot on the energy we get from the crowd, everybody is hootin' and hollerin' and clappin' and stompin' and goin' on," says multi-instrumentalist McMullen. "We want our shows to be more where we're all just having a party together."
Còig's music is a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players. It's traditional, but it's performed in non-traditional ways.
Còig’s performance at the Opera House is made possible thanks to generous support from the Griffin Law Offices in Boothbay Harbor.
Advance discounted tickets: $25. Purchase from the box office at 86 Townsend Ave. or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $30 and available online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., the music and fun begin at 7:30 pm. Coig’s new album “Rove” will be available for sale at the performance. For more on the band, visit www.coig.ca.