The Rogue Folk Club presents






3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano

Accessible All ages

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When the creative juices are flowing, there’s no holding back the talented quartet that makes up the Celtic supergroup Còig. Hot on the heels of the group’s award-winning 2017 album Rove comes the brand-new release, Ashlar. Brimming with new ideas, and lots of energy built up from their hundreds of international performances, the band figured, “Why wait?” They packed themselves into producer Dave Gunning’s Wee House Of Music studio in Nova Scotia during a brief break in touring, and everything fell into place perfectly. 

As a matter of fact, that’s what Ashlar means, a perfect fit. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley explains: “There wasn't a particular theme to the music, it just happened naturally. Everything just flowed out of us. We noticed how quickly everything came together, so I was looking for a word that summed that up. Ashlar is a type of masonry where you're refining and refining, and you wind up with these pristine, square blocks. The idea is that these blocks should be so uniform that they fit together perfectly. Like this album, where every track fit together perfectly.” 

Ashlar flows from lively sets to tender traditional ballads to fabulous covers, everything Còig is known for, but there’s a difference this time too. The album features the most tune-writing, and more vocal tracks of any of their releases. That reflects all the ideas they keep storing up, and the growing confidence they feel in their own writing and singing. 

“We're singing a lot more on stage, and Rachel (Davis) and I are a lot more comfortable behind the vocal mic,” confirms Darren McMullen, the group’s multi-instrumentalist in charge of guitars, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, whistles and pretty much everything else. “This album has way more of our own tunes on it,” adds Crowley. “We're all writing more, despite how busy we are. That's our relief from the amount of touring we do. It's our mental break from it, going home and writing when we have the time. You'd think that's when we would put all our instruments down and give ourselves a break, but instead we're writing. It shows that we're all passionate.” 

Ashlar is full of surprises. From the Gordon Lightfoot '60's classic "Home From The Forest," featuring vocals from Darren, and Rachel's beautiful version of the Gaelic standard “O Luaidh.” There’s a set of jigs and reels called “Time & Tide,” inspired by Chrissy’s new-found passion for joining her brother as crew member on a Cape Breton fishing boat. That sums up the Còig energy. She’ll play a dance hall until midnight, grab a couple of hours sleep, and be at the harbour for 4 a.m. to fish for lobster, crab and tuna. 

With a nod to the deep roots that inspired all the members to start playing Celtic music in the first place, piano player Jason Roach and Crowley put together “From The Old Tapes,” a set of Cape Breton classics from the likes of Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald, John Morris Rankin and Brenda Stubbert. The reels and strathspeys were gleaned from rare homemade recordings in kitchens and dances, copied and passed around for decades. And Rachel and Darren combined for “Mystery Groove”, paying tribute Rachel’s grandfather, her first musical mentor and teacher, and Darren’s Uncle Charlie, who loaned him his first guitar, the one he’s still playing. 

All this is fresh off the success of the album Rove, which won the group a 2018 East Coast Music Award, as well as was recognized with a JUNO Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are well respected players in the Celtic world. 

The group’s debut Five, released in June, 2014, earned them a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award, Music Nova Scotia Award 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 favourite. 

Còig's music is 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. "We all come from sort of a traditional background, but then we have different influences that we're interested in," explains fiddler and singer Rachel Davis. "Chrissy likes to dive into a lot of world music, Darren comes from a kind of Irish theme from playing around. More of the traditional Cape Breton music is really what I love, plus all the folk songs, so it's an interesting mix.” 

That leads to the other magic ingredient in Còig. It’s a band of fast friends, people that grew up together, played together, and knew each other way before they ever considered being in a band together. 

The best in trad music, in a non-traditional way. That's Còig. 


2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards Traditional Singer of the Year winner (Ashlar)
2020 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year nomination (Ashlar)
2019 Music Nova Scotia Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year nomination (Ashlar)
2018 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year winner (Rove)  
2018 JUNO Awards Traditional/Roots Album of the Year nomination (Rove) 
2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards Traditional Album of the Year nomination (Rove)  
2017 Music Nova Scotia Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year nomination (Rove)  
2017 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year nomination (Carols)
2015 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year winner (Five)  
2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards Traditional Album of the Year winner (Five)  
2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards Instrumental Group of the Year nomination (Five)
2014 Music Nova Scotia Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year winner (Five) 
2014 Music Nova Scotia New Artist Recording of the Year nomination (Five)


“Slow reels and strathspeys, smooth fiddle and staccato banjo, plenty of their own material as well as the best of three centuries of tradition: there seems to be no end to Còig's talents." - Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld 

" Còig are the real deal, folks, and they just might inspire you to set sail for Atlantic Canada." - Celtic Life International 

"It's an added bonus to have the singing among the jigs and reels, happily pushing the envelope sometimes, while then coming back to the solid, traditional Celtic base that makes them ideal ambassadors for the Cape Breton sound. " - Bob Mersereau, The Top 100 Canadian Singles 

"Còig is one of those staples for Atlantic Canada’s traditional music. With all the fiddle and mandolin (and piano, guitar, banjo, viola, bouzouki, whistles and about a dozen more instruments), they’re a mainstay in the genre." - 

"Trust me, there was no shortage of powerful workouts that held true to the raucous music that has rattled the roofs of kitchens in the East Coast for generations. You don’t sweep award nominations by being slackers, and there was not a single instrument lagging on that stage over the course of their dynamic showcase." - Dan St.Yves, The Calgary Herald 

"A bit of French, a bit of Irish, a wee dram of Gaelic and a full helping of Cape Breton Scotch: this is a mighty powerful fiddle cocktail from Còig." - Alex Monaghan, FolkWorld 

COVID-19 Policy: We are operating in full compliance of all BC Health restrictions. We are limiting our maximum in-person audiences to 70% capacity. The wearing of masks is required when not seated. This includes when dancing. Social distancing is enccouraged.  Everyone in attendance must have proof of being fully vaccinated. Volunteers, staff and performers will be as well. (If you haven't been vaccinated, the concert will be streamed.) Restrictions may change if subsequent BC Health announcements are made.

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