The energetic Cape Breton tunes dance out of Rachel Davis’ and Chrissy Crowley’s fiddles. Along with multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen and pianist Jason Roach, they are the quartet Còig, one of the most interesting groups from the Canadian island that has also given us Tønder favourites such as Natalie MacMaster and Richard Wood. The speedy reels get the feet a-tapping, and the Scottish origins of this Cape Breton music are unmistakable when Còig give us a set of the classic dance tunes known as strathspeys. Còig (Gaelic for ‘five’) formed for the 2010 Celtic Colours festival, and in 2014, the group released their prize-winning debut album Five. In 2018, their record Rove won an East Coast Music Award and was nominated for a prestigious JUNO Award. Còig’s most recent album is called Ashlar, which includes a set From The Old Tapes, tunes collected by Jason Roach and Darren McMullen from the playing of the old masters of Cape Breton music. Their only Danish festival concert in 2020.
(Photo credit: Ryan MacDonald)