There is a new opportunity for tourists to take a ‘bite’ out of Cape Breton’s musical culture.
The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) is partnering with the Port of Sydney Development Corporation to deliver Sound Bites, a concert series featuring homegrown Cape Breton talent designed to sustain and grow the island’s tourism industry and encourage return visits. The performances align with the cruise ship schedule, providing international visitors with an opportunity to enjoy some of Cape Breton’s world-renowned musical artists. Sound Bites will feature performances by Cyril MacPhee, Keith Mullins, and Gillian Head.
The concert series kicks off at 12 pm on September 26 at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion (JHCP) with a performance by Cyril MacPhee. MacPhee’s unique blend of folk, country, and Celtic music has entertained local and international audiences for more than 20 years.
Keith Mullins is a musical chameleon who has toured the world with a multitude of East Coast musicians, and as an award-winning songwriter. Mullins will showcase his songs at the JHCP 12 pm on October 3.
The series will round out with a performance by fiddler Gillian Head. Head infuses modern contemporary designs with the traditional Cape Breton style and will surely treat listeners to a rousing and lively performance. She plays the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion at 12pm on October 20.
The Sound Bites concert series is an important contributor to the tourism industry and will potentially generate new visits to the area. Says CBMIC representative Albert Lionais, “It’s about presenting talent from Cape Breton to an international audience without ever leaving the comfort of our own Island.”
The Sound Bites series begins on September 26. These performances are free and open to the public.