A Nova Scotia foursome that has taken the Celtic world by storm, Còig makes its Rockport debut fresh off the heels of its acclaimed new record Rove. With twin fiddles, bouzouki/banjo/mandolin and piano, Còig delve into an array of traditional styles including propulsive Cape Breton jigs, swirling reels and haunting Maritimes ballads.
Còig is a Celtic folk band unlike any other, thanks to a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players. It’s traditional for sure, but it’s performed in a lot of non-traditional ways. The members are all highly sought-after award-winning solo players in their own right, making the band a kind of Cape Breton supergroup. All have traditional roots, but each brings something else to the table. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley infuses her playing with touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has earned a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked with every genre, from Irish folk to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis has the most traditional Cape Breton in her style, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well.
Originally put together as a promotional band of participants for a festival, these performers enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to play as the Còig. The group’s debut, Five, released in June, 2014, earned them the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year, the Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year, and the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year. That was followed by 2015’s Carols, already a yearly holiday favorite. Their most recent, Rove, is drawing rave reviews from fans and critics and has recently been recognized with a 2018 JUNO nomination (Traditional Roots Album of the Year), a 2018 East Coast Music Award, a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award and a Music Nova Scotia Award nomination.