The Butchart Chronicles : July 22, 2015

Còig, Thursday, July 23, 2015


Còig (Ko-ig) is an exciting ensemble consisting of solo acts, and is one of Cape Bretons most captivating young bands. Originally coming together for a promotional tour for the Celtic Colours International Festival, the formation proved to be something special, and the group decided to continue to tour together as a band. Proving to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the traditional music scene with their driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is a treat for the ears of every audience they meet.

Band Bios:

Chrissy Crowley, (fiddle, viola) from Margaree, Cape Breton, has an impressive list of awards, nominations, and international appearances. Chrissy embraces her Celtic roots and makes them her own, through original compositions coupled with contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes.

Rachel Davis, (fiddle, viola, vocals) hails from Baddeck, Cape Breton spends her time switching from international festival stages to small local dances at home. In a genre that sees many performers pushing the envelope and testing new waters, her style of playing traditional tunes in a traditional way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard, and is so sought after.

Darren McMullen, (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, vocals) is from Hardwood Lands, NS, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist. Easily switching between guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo, this "Swiss-army knife" keeps the rhythm sound diverse, and is sure to impress with his lead playing of his various on-stage weapons.

Jason Roach, (piano) comes from Chéticamp, Cape Breton is one of the most impressive piano players you will ever hear. With a style all his own, and an unparalleled intensity on the keys, you'll have to remind yourself that there's other players on the stage.

With a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards, each of Còig's talented musicians have released their own successful solo albums, and have toured both at home and abroad before coming together as this exciting super group. Còig's much anticipated debut album was released in June 2014, and earned the group a Canadian Folk Music Award, an East Coast Music Award, and a Music Nova Scotia Award, all for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year.

"...acclaimed, award winning solo musicians in their own right, in one explosive coming together...Collectively they are a Cape Breton trad triumph..."
- Davie Gardner, The Shetland Times, UK

Coig at the East Coast Music Festival
(Bio and photos courtesy of Còig)