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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Cottars are a band from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The original members of the band were two teenaged pairs of siblings, Ciarán and Fiona MacGillivray of Albert Bridge, and Jimmy and Roseanne MacKenzie of Baddeck.

They released three albums to considerable acclaim: Made In Cape Breton (2002), On Fire (2004), and Forerunner (2006). In 2006, they toured extensively with the well-known Irish band The Chieftains. However, the founding members of the band split up in 2006, either because of artistic differences, or health problems, according to different reports.

The band began to appear without the Mackenzie siblings, and after experimenting with various fill-ins, settled upon fiddler Claire Pettit and fellow Cape Bretoner Bruce Timmons on guitar. They are currently working on a new studio album for release in Summer 2008.

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  • nannygrunge


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  • strajnic

    Celtic it is!

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • Orionica

    *thumbs up*

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • joshliu

    Celtic is my favorite!

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • Saveall

    Canadian Celtic sensation, The Cottars, will release Feast February 9 on Rounder Records. Featuring the traditional Gaelic song “Goodnight to You” (Oidhche Mhath Leibh), the contemporary folk tune “Song for Stephen Foster” by Gordon Lightfoot, and two new original compositions, “On a Pier” and “Hymn for N” by founding band member Fiona MacGillivray, Feast creates a bridge from the deep Scottish and Irish beginnings of Cape Breton Celtic music to a new emerging roots music; one that blends American folk music with Celtic overtones as well as age old instrumental and vocal material with fresh new compositions. With an undeniably solid musical base and the vibrancy that comes with The Cottars’ youthful artistry, Feast leads the way in an evolving genre. (from Rounder Records)

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • u123072

    Fil-i-me-oo-re-oo-re-ay !

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • boywarabstrap1

    God I love this band!

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Cankerio

    Masters of their genre

    3 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Kashimori

    they're still pretty awesome with the 2 new folks, but i hope this doesn't mean after the tour they're over. even if just ciaran and fiona keep touring, I'll be satisfied. :)

    30 Nov 2006 Reply
  • maurylorraine

    Because of conflict between the families, and the MacKenzie brother's illness. They're still touring though, minus the MacKenzies, plus Claire Pettit (fiddler) and some middle-aged fellow on guitar.

    15 Nov 2006 Reply

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