deCoste Centre to host Festival of Summer Sounds

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PICTOU – A new festival, running from July 3 until Aug. 27, will take place at the deCoste Centre all summer long.

An expansion of the Summer Sounds of Nova Scotia, which have been a mainstay at the deCoste, the Festival of Summer Sounds adds new shows, new performers and new excitement to the mix.

The kick off to the season will present Outside Track, a traditional group of master players hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, on July 3 at 7 p.m. 

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin will be on stage July 8, followed by Saltwater in Your Socks, a lobster dinner theatre, on July 9 and 10 with John Spyder Macdonald in the title role of Skipper Kevin Corkum.

Pictou’s Celtic culture will be featured on July 15 and 16 with performances by Robbie MacInnis, Fleur Mainville, and John Spyder Macdonald. 

Snowbird, a Tribute to Anne Murray will be staged on July 17 with singer Laura Gillespie and her seven-piece band recreating all the hits made famous by this Canadian icon.

The ‘Old Country’ Ceilidh will be on July 22, 23 and 24 featuring Jimmy Sweeney from Ireland, the Rua MacMillan Trio from Scotland and Brian England from Nova Scotia. 

Strathglass Farewell, an original musical theatrical piece will be on stage July 27, presented by Ships of 1801 Society.

The Celtic Ladies, Pictou County’s Karen Corbin, Carmel Mikol from Cape Breton and sisters Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, hit the stage July 29, 30 and 31.   

The following week sees the Summer Sounds Alumni take to the stage with performances by Terry Kelly, Fleur Mainville and John Spyder Macdonald.

An evening of Summer Spirituals, featuring gospel group The Sojourners, will take place Aug. 12. 

Tales, Trails and Tunes on Aug. 13 and 14 will feature Cyril MacPhee, Robbie MacInnis, Meaghan Blanchard and Alycia Putnam.

Remembering Elvis, with Thane Dunn in the title role, will be at the centre on Aug. 16.  

The Young and Restless with Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon and Sheumais MacLeod join the festival on Aug. 19 and 20, and will also be featured in a special all ages outdoor concert on Aug. 21 called Summer Rocks. Two local youth bands will also be part of the line up with show time at 8 p.m.

The deCoste partners with the Hector Heritage Quay on Aug. 27 to present Highland Dreams, an original play about one of the Hector settlers. 

The show will take place at the Quay with the Ship Hector as the backdrop.

Further information on the Festival of Summer Sounds at the deCoste Centre is available on line at or by calling the box office at 1-800-353-5338 or 485-8848. 

Tickets for all events are now on sale and can also be purchased thorough the web site.

Organizations: Hector Heritage Quay, Celtic Ladies, The Sojourners

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Scotland, Ireland Cape Breton Vancouver Pictou County

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