10 Nights Without Sleep — Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours International Festival
by Dave Mahalik • 135 colour photos by Murdock Smith • 156 pages
VIVID TALES OF CONCERTS, PARTIES, and the musicians who play past dawn fill this insider’s account of the music festival that brings the best of Cape Breton and international Celtic musicians and their fans to October’s Cape Breton Island, for unforgettable performances, workshops, and local culinary events—and the after hours Festival Club that is both the heart of the festival and the talk of the world.
Both a history and personal experience, the reader rides on Dave Mahalik’s shoulder as he discovers the joys of volunteering as a driver, getting to deliver some of the finest and most interesting Celtic musicians. He gradually emerges as one of the remarkable staff that puts together and then presents memorable days and nights of Celtic Colours concerts, year after year.
“...some of the best writing on the local music scene to be found.” —Ken Chisholm, Cape Breton Post