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Celtic stars Còig will set the Empress aglow on St. Patrick’s Day

Cape Breton band Coig performs Sunday, March 17 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod. PHOTO BY COREY KATZ

Cape Breton’s Còig, one of Canada’s premiere Celtic groups, returns to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod with their electrifying show on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.
The band’s driving tunes, haunting songs, and infectious energy provide an unparalleled musical experience.
Coig (Ko-ig) includes super-musicians Chrissy Crowley (fiddle), Rachel Davis (fiddle, viola, vocals), Darren McMullen (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, vocals) and Jason Roach (piano).
Each were originally solo artists who came together for the Celtic Colours International Festival tour in 2013 and now perform together extensively.
With a combined total of more than 30 nominations and awards, each of Coig’s talented members have released their own successful solo albums and have toured both at home and abroad.
The band’s latest recording, Rove, includes original folk compositions, contemporary arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and Celticized covers of modern songs.
The recording also sees the group move from playing all instrumentals to including vocal tracks, performed by both Davis and McMullen.
Their debut recording, Five, was released in 2014 and earned them the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year, the Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year, and the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.
That album was followed by 2015’s holiday recording, Carols.
Coig’s music is a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players — traditional tunes performed in non-traditional ways.