Colin Grant

Hard-driving but clean, lively and passionate, traditional yet original; Colin Grant’s fiddle playing has stepped to the forefront of the East Coast traditional music scene – and people are sitting up and taking notice. Although most at home with traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, his versatility as both a lead and side musician has given him experiences in a variety of traditional styles, in addition to folk, rock and country genres. Besides having received an ECMA nomination for Roots / Traditional Solo Album of the Year for his self-titled debut album, Grant currently performs with contemporary Celtic instrumental group Sprag Session and the new traditional quintet Còig. Sprag Session has kept him on his toes, performing at festivals in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Tasmania since their debut eponymous CD’s release in 2012.

2014 will bring exciting new collaborations with composers Scott MacMillan and Mary Ann Kennedy (UK) for ‘Aiseag’ (The Ferryboat) project, one of twenty commissions for the first UK-wide 2014 New Music Biennial Celebrations. Other highlights will include the release of Còig’s debut album, with a tour of New England in July, and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest in August.

Sprag Session

Sprag Session, formerly the Colin Grant Band, has developed a unique style and repertoire of music. Lingering somewhere amidst the rich, soulful roots of traditional Cape Breton music and the grooves of a thousand branches of rock and funk, Sprag Session has found an open ear in everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers.

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CÒIG (“Ko-ig”. Gaelic for ’5′) is an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts, Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley, Jason Roach, Darren McMullen, and Rachel Davis. With a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards, each of Còig’s talented musicians have released their own successful solo albums, touring both home and abroad before coming together as this exciting super group. Còig’s much anticipated debut album is due for release in the spring of 2014.