Christmas Celtic Concert

Calais Celtic Concerts hosted their last concert of the season with the group Coig from Cape Breton. Pictured are Darren McMullen, who played all number of string instruments and sang, Rachel Davis on fiddle, violin, and vocals, Crissy Crowley, also on fiddle, and Jason Roach on piano. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

The Calais Celtic Concerts closed out the 2018 season on Friday with a Christmas concert presented by local favorite Coig. The group is comprised of four solo acts who come together to perform and record. They hail from the Island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and play a lively collection of Celtic tunes. Their Christmas concert was a blend of traditional Christmas favorites with a Coig spin on them and some less familiar Celtic Christmas jigs.

The group played their arrangement of classic Christmas classics from Silent Night to the Little Drummer Boy, getting the crowd in the holiday spirit. They also played a number of pieces they wrote, making the evening a beautiful blend of the familiar and the new.

The concert was the first stop on Coig’s Christmas concert tour which will take them through New England to New York and back to Canada. During each show on their trip, the group will collect donations that will be given to a local food pantry. At Friday’s concert, the basket the Calais Celtic Concert passed around for donations were split, with half going to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.

The quartet has a lively sound that makes the audience itching to dance along with the music. With a combination of fiddles, piano, and a variety of string instruments, the music could be straight from Ireland and is sure to get your travel bone itching for a trip to the Emerald Isle. Talented on their instruments, the group provided vocals as well as closing out the show with some traditional Irish step dancing.

More than just their music entertained the crowd – there were a number of comedic moments when the group was talking to the crowd. They shared funny stories from their past and as a group. They also talked about the recording process and how some moments of spontaneity actually made it onto their Christmas record. 


Coig was a lively, exciting end to the Calais Celtic Concert 2018 season and set the bar high for the upcoming season.