Atlantic Canada’s powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of to-day’s most exciting North American Celtic groups. With a fiery Celtic style as its musical core, Còig offers a fresh and exhilarating mix of traditional tunes, lively instrumentals and contemporary songs performed on over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more) in a lot of non-traditional ways.
Còig’s like no other, thanks to the unique mix of these superb talents. Chrissy Crowley brings fiddle and step dancing to the band, as does Ra-chel Davis, adding viola and vocals to the mix. Multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen brings a “Swiss Army Knife” of all things strings as well as vocals. Joining the group on this tour is Maggie MacDonald adding piano, guitar, vocals and step dancing. Without a doubt, Còig are an unparalleled music force.
Còig’s latest album, “Ashlar” (released March 2019) is full of surprises and flows from lively instrumental sets to tender traditional ballads to fabulous covers, everything Còig is known for and then some. With a growing list of credits, “Ashlar” debuted at #1 on the World iTunes chart and has been recognized with a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award (Traditional singer, Ra-chel Davis), East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nomina-tion for Roots Traditional Recording of the Year. Còig have collected a mantle of awards and nominations for their cata-logue of recordings, “Carols Too” (2019), ”Rove” (2017), “Carols” (2016) and “Five” (2014) including a Canadian Folk Music Award, a JUNO nomina-tion and multiple East Coast Music Awards and Music Nova Scotia Awards.
The best in trad music, in a non-traditional way. That’s Còig.
“Acclaimed Celtic/ Roots band combine sprightly instrumental spunk to create a rich evocative sound. Plenty to conjure with here - quality mate-rial, dexterous instrumental playing, solid ensemble work and ethereal haunting vocals make for a heady, incandescent rush of robust energetic expertise.” fRoots
“Dynamic Folk from Cape Breton. A self-professed Celtic supergroup with a new album, Ashlar, hot off the press, Còig are a folky force to be reckoned with. Ashlar means ‘a perfect fit’ and it’s clear these musicians have found a perfect fit in Còig” Songlines
- UK: November 2021
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