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Rounder Signs Cape Breton Quartet the Cottars
Published November 17, 2005

Self-titled U.S. debut due January 10, followed by extensive tour with Irish music giants the Chieftains.

Rounder Records is pleased to announce it has signed The Cottars to a multi-album contract. Their first Rounder recording and U.S. debut, The Cottars, will be released on January 10, 2006, followed by an extensive U.S. tour with legendary Irish band The Chieftains (tour dates listed below). Founded in 2001 and composed of two brother-sister pairs between the ages of 15 and 18, The Cottars are already an accomplished act, blending the traditional sounds of their native Cape Breton with subtle, more contemporary overtones.  Says Rounder Records co-founder Ken Irwin of the signing, “We’re excited – we have watched The Cottars grow as a band for nearly three years now.  We signed Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Mark O’Connor as teenagers and all have gone on to have very successful careers.  We anticipate the same will be true for the Cottars.”

Hailed as “one of the hottest acts in the folk world today” by The Boston Globe, The Cottars consist of Jimmy MacKenzie (guitar, banjo, bodhran), Roseanne MacKenzie (fiddle, whistle, harmony vocals, step-dance), Ciaran MacGillivray (piano, guitar, vocals, step-dance) and Fiona MacGillvray (lead vocals, whistle, bodhran, step-dance).  Produced by fellow Cape Breton native Gordie Sampson, The Cottars features traditional instrumentals delivered with intensity and precision sitting comfortably alongside sensitive interpretations of songs by such contemporary artists as Tom Waits, Sinead Lohan, and Karine Polwart. The result is a thrilling glimpse into the future of both Cape Breton folk music and an exciting new sound – a sound assembled by The Cottars from fragments of the tradition, artful songwriting, and the band’s instrumental and vocal virtuosity.

For tour dates, click here.