Longtime Creignish favourites Betty Lou and Kinnon Beaton were the first performers to take the stage at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Shannon Studio for the Celtic Colours International Festival’s 2017 launch event. The husband-and-wife duo will play at two Celtic Colours shows in Inverness this fall, along with a handful of smaller festival events.

CAPE BRETON: The 21st Celtic Colours International Festival is scheduled for October 6-14 and, after months of waiting for the lineup and schedule announcements, tickets are finally on sale.

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Members of The Island Steppers – including (from the left) Makayla Boudreau, Emma Leblanc and Leah Boudreau – kicked up their heels during the launch event for the 2017 Celtic Colours International Festival, which took place June 26 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Shannon Studio.

More than 65 communities all over Cape Breton Island will host concerts and a wide variety of cultural events. Artists from across Canada, the US, Scotland and Ireland will join some of Cape Breton’s finest players, singers, dancers and culture bearers, as the annual celebration of music and culture explores the theme of roots.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (July 11). They can be purchased online at celtic-colours.com, by phone 1-888-355-7744 (toll free) / 902-567-3000 (local) or in person at the Celtic Colours Box Office, 37 Nepean Street in Sydney.

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St. Peter’s native Roger Stone, who will make back-to-back appearances at Celtic Colours concerts in Louisbourg and L’Ardoise this October, shared some of his favourite compositions along with songs from the likes of the late Arnold Sampson during the festival’s launch event on June 24 in Port Hawkesbury.

For more information about Celtic Colours, including the full schedule and lineup, artist biographies, photos, videos and more, visit celtic-colours.com.