Chrissy Crowley – Geige
Darren McMullen – Gitarre, Mandoline, Mandola, Banjo, Bouzouki, Flöten, Gesang
Jason Roach – Piano
Rachel Davis – Geige, Gesang
Còig – die aufregende Crossover-Band aus dem kanadischen Nova Scotia, ein Powerhouse des kanadisch/keltischen Folks.
Auf Cape Breton, dieser zauberhaften Naturwelt Ostkanadas wird diese Musik gelebt und zelebriert. Man trifft sich auf den sogenannten Küchenparties (Kitchen Parties) zu spontanen Musik- und Tanz-Sessions. Dort „steppt der Bär“ – nicht nur musikalisch, sondern im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes!
Còig ist aus dieser Musikwelt entstanden – aus vier Menschen, die zusammen aufwuchsen und gemeinsam auf Sessions musizierten, bevor sie jemals darüber nachdachten, in einer Band zusammenzuspielen. Diese tiefe persönliche Verbandelung spiegelt sich auch in der Musik der Band wieder – eine hinreißende Mischung pulsierender Tunes und sanfter Balladen – eine Musik so schön wie Cape Breton selbst. Diese Band verkörpert eine Verschmelzung verschiedener Talente, die auf der traditionellen Musik aufbauend kräftige Prisen unterschiedlicher Genres einfließen lassen, wie Weltmusik, Jazz, Rock, Roots und Cape Breton Trad.
Die Preise, die Còig für ihre Alben eingeheimst hat, können sich sehen lassen: Mit der Veröffentlichung des neuen Albums Rove hat die kanadische Super-Band Còig ihren Status als eine der aufregendsten neuen, keltischen Bands Nordamerikas weiter gefestigt. Rove erntet(e) begeisterte Kritiken von Fans und Rezensenten zugleich und wurde kürzlich mit dem kanadischen East Coast Music Award für das Traditional / Roots Recording 2018 ausgezeichnet und erhielt Nominierungen für den Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year und den Nusic Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year. Mit insgesamt über 30 Band- und Einzelauszeichnungen und Nominierungen haben die vier Mitglieder der Band mittlerweile so etwas wie einen Starstatus in der keltischen Musikwelt erreicht.
Jeder, der Còig live erlebt hat - von Theaterbühnen in New England über große europäische Festivals bis hin zu den beliebten kleinen Veranstaltungshallen in Cape
Breton - schwärmt von der elektrisierenden Energie der vier MusikerInnen. „Das Publikum applaudiert, stampft und jubelt, zeigt seine Begeisterung für unsere Performance – das spornt uns an“,
erklärt Multiinstrumentalist und Sänger Darren McMullen.
Wo Còig ist, da ist auch die Party!
Auszeichnungen & Nominierungen
2018 Winner East Coast Music Award Roots Traditional Recording of the Year (Rove)
2018 JUNO Award Traditional Roots Album of the Year nomination (Rove)
2017 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination (Rove)
2017 Music Nova Scotia Award nomination (Rove)
2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year (Five)
2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year (Five)
2014 Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (Five)
"...every number is convincing and compellingly delivered. This group's ability to back songs on piano, fiddles, cello, guitars and more gives them enormous scope,
and keeps the surprises coming throughout Rove. Slow reels and strathspeys, smooth fiddle and staccato banjo, plenty of their own material as well as the best of three centuries of tradition:
there seems to be no end to Còig's talents, and I'm sure their story will continue well beyond this outstanding recording." - Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld
"—this is a walloping good set from these young lions of East Coast trad. There are five songs and seven instrumental tunes on Rove, all wonderfully engineered and mixed by Dave Gunning. I’m really happy to hear them increase the singing this time around. Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen both have fine voices, and McMullen’s take on Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill was a very pleasant surprise. The purity of Davis’s vocals shines on Down the Road. Instrumentally, few can match these folks. Jason Roach, who is at his thunderous best on the fast and furious numbers, gives fine accompaniment to the superb fiddling of Davis and Chrissie Crowley. McMullen plays guitar, cello, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, banjo, whistle, and flute—his choices of instrument perfectly complementing the rest of the band on every track. There are plenty of reels, jigs, and strathspeys as you’d expect, as well as a surprise addition of a Dave Brubeck tune. That’s Three To Get Ready played by four, in a band called five in Gaelic. What’s not to like? - Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs
"Cape Breton Celtic ubergroup Còig realize their sonic potential with their third full-length release Rove, a twelve track treasure trove that will wash over you like the sea upon Nova Scotia shores. Featuring the fiery fiddling duo of Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis, the playful piano of Jason Roach, and the musical musings of multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen, Rove takes listeners back to simpler, gentler times, when Saturday night ceilidhs brought communities together to sing, dance, drink and celebrate their rustic roots. Jigs, reels, ballads – and a brilliant cover of Peter Gabriel’s Solisbury Hill – showcase both the quartet’s strong chemistry, and the region’s rich musical history. Còig are the real deal, folks, and they just might inspire you to set sail for Atlantic Canada." - Celtic Life International
"It's an added bonus to have the singing among the jigs and reels, happily pushing the envelope sometimes, while then coming back to the solid, traditional Celtic base that makes them ideal ambassadors for the Cape Breton sound. Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen each take a couple of turns at the mic, with songs both old and new. McMullen has the biggest surprise, a subtle interpretation of Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill, with his mandolin leading the way and Davis providing a sweet harmony. Elsewhere, the fiddles of Davis and Chrissie Crowley fly, while Jason Roach provides the crucial middle, his piano bringing all the strings together. McMullen colours each set differently, providing guitars, cello, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, banjo, whistle and flute. The reels, jigs and strathspey sets are imaginative, drawing in themes from local Cape Breton heroes, the group's originals, and wild cards such as Dave Brubeck's Three To Get Ready. There's a lot of thought, and a lot of joy in this collection." - Bob Mersereau, The Top 100 Canadian Singles
"— a delightful 12-cut collection of driving tunes and carefully selected songs, a nice mixture with something for everyone. It’s the combinations and arrangements that make things distinctively Còig, as tunes change timing and instrumentation in surprising ways, weaving in, out and around each other to create something greater than the sum of its musical parts. This is a terrific recording and you won’t go wrong by having it in your collection." - Dan MacDonald, Cape Breton Post
"Còig is one of those staples for Atlantic Canada’s traditional music. With all the fiddle and mandolin (and piano, guitar, banjo, viola, bouzouki, whistles and about a dozen more instruments), they’re a mainstay in the genre. They’ve mastered many a jig, and if you haven’t already seen them perform, chances are you will sometime." - www.theeastmag.com
“This is a blast from the past, featuring all your favourite hits of the 18th century.” The crowd clearly loved all of it, clapping and stomping along. The band would take turns on some of the songs to come to the front of the stage to jig. They got a standing ovation twice, and came back out for a triumphant encore. If you ever get the chance to hear Còig live – GO! And bring your dancing shoes. My feet still move every time I hear one of their songs (and up to half an hour afterwards). Until then, check out their CD – it’s a joy." - Leilah Thiel, BucketListMusicReviews
"Trust me, there was no shortage of powerful workouts that held true to the raucous music that has rattled the roofs of kitchens in the East Coast for generations. You don’t sweep award nominations by being slackers, and there was not a single instrument lagging on that stage over the course of their dynamic showcase. Over two sets, Còig allowed for far too many highlights to isolate any single one in particular, but a Gaelic singalong proved pretty popular with the audience members. Darren McMullen switched frequently from banjo to bouzouki, Rachel Davis and Chrissy Crowley were a blur of seated step-dancing and fiery fiddles. I never did get to see the whites of Jason Roach’s eyes at any point during the show, but with the intensity and speed he was banging on the white AND black keys of his piano, the sound folks had to quickly tape his keyboard to the stage, lest it inadvertently join the nervous fans in the front row." - Dan St.Yves, The Calgary Herald
"A bit of French, a bit of Irish, a wee dram of Gaelic and a full helping of Cape Breton Scotch: this is a mighty powerful fiddle cocktail from Còig." - Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld
"Sometimes I get tired of wading knee deep through reindeer poop looking for the genuine Christmas music treasures. But, when you find those sparkly diamonds, it's suddenly all worthwhile. "Carols" by Còig is just such a gem. And, true enough, as it was released last year, I should have found it then (though, in my defense, news from Canada seems to come with a built-in time delay). "Carols" is exceptional, from start to finish. And, sure, it's overall a Celtic set, but the band brings a multitude of influences to the music which not only keeps the whole thing sounding fresh and original, but should also draw in some folks more partial to Folk, Classical, Contemporary Pop, and there's even a little bit of Swing. The musicianship and vocals are perfect, there's a nice balance of instrumental and vocal pieces and "Carols" is a robust 57.5 minutes long (no skimpy wish sandwich here). Hard to pick favorites, since its all so good, but the opener--"Carol Of The Celts"--grabbed me when Còig shifted into high gear about 2 minutes in. And if "Swingle Jingle Bells" doesn't put a smile on your face, I think there might be something wrong with you. Just sayin'." - Stubbyschristmas.com
Foto: Ryan McDonald
Deutschland-Tournee vom 16. September bis 04. Oktober 2020
19. September 2020 - KV Alte Schule, Müllenbach
20. September 2020 - Mendig, Ort TBA