Coig features an all-star lineup with Rachel Davis on fiddle, viola and vocals, Chrissy Crowley on fiddle, and Darren McMullen on guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, and vocals. Each member of the band are stars of the Celtic music world. Fiddler Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music, McMullen has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Davis is the most Cape Breton traditional, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well. Keyboardist Jason Roach left the group earlier this year, but will be replaced by versatile guitarist Zakk Cormier for this appearance.
Ask anyone who has seen them, from New England stages to huge European festivals to their own beloved small halls of Cape Breton, an you will always hear about Coigh’s energy. Trad fans love them and the fan crowds are growing all the time. “We really feed a lot on the energy we get from the crowd, everybody is hootin’ and hollerin’ and clappin’ and stompin’ and goin’ on,” said band member Darren McMullen. “We want our shows to be more where we’re all just having a party together.”
Coig’s annual dose of Christmas cheer kicks off with a sold out show at the Carleton in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and continues on to Ontario, Quebec, Maine, Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. The group’s brand new Christmas record “Carols Too” will be available at each concert.
The concert at the Rialto is sponsored by North Country Ford of Lancaster. Tickets are $18 per person and on sale at the Rialto Theatre, and in Colebrook at Fiddleheads, or online at www.gnwca.org. The show was a near-sell-out last year, and it is encouraged that tickets are purchased in advance. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, call 246-8998, visit www.gnwca.org or the organization’s Facebook page.