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Coldsnap Week: Small Pipes and Big Voices
Friday February 2, 2018  |  7:30 PM
Prince George Playhouse, 2833 Recreation Place

Coldsnap Music Festival is back for another year! This evening's concert features Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald, Madison Violet, and a local opener (TBA).
Tickets are $30 and available online or at Books and Company or Studio 2880.

Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as “One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today.”  – CBC Main Street (Nova Scotia, CAN). Since meeting at the 2013 Celtic Colours Festival, Ben and Anita have toured across North America and further afield, wowing audiences with their captivating blend of driving dance tunes and soulful Gaelic airs.  

Over the years, Madison Violet (Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) have acquired many accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest. Madison Violet were on Germany’s WDR’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’ as well as having song placements on various television shows. Their recent single ‘These Ships’ was released on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, and has garnered over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify already. Brenley and Lisa are singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, harmonizers, dog lovers, nature walkers, painters, tennis fanatics, amateur chefs. They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but think that this quote sums them up best…”Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.”

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