Coìg ( "Ko-ick". Scottish Gaelic for '5') is an interesting line-up of 5 solo acts. Originally put together as a promotional band of participants for a festival, these 5 performers enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to play as the Coig ensemble whenever they can.
Chrissy Crowley, 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 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 trad tunes in a trad way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard, and is so sought after.
Colin Grant from Sydney, Cape Breton has been touring steadily as a solo performer, as well as with Sprag Session, formerly known as the Colin Grant Band. His respect for traditional style, combined with his drive to take the Celtic fiddle to new places results in an exciting sound that is as much Buddy MacMaster as it is Ashley MacIssac.
Jason Roach, from Cheticamp, 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.
Darren McMullen, from Hardwoodlands, NS, is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist. Easily switching between guitar, mandolin, whistle and banjo with Coig, this "swiss-army knife" keeps the rhythm sound diverse, and is sure to impress with his lead playing of his various 'on-stage weapons'
These 5 musicians do not get a lot of chances to play together as Coìg . Busy solo schedules for all 5 of them make these appearances quite rare, so, do not let a chance to see Coìg pass you by!
Coig Festival Schedule