Photographer Michael Lichter shares more photos from his ride to the Celtic Colours Festival in Nova Scotia.
As featured in H.O.G.™ Magazine Issue 016
When world-famous photographer Michael Lichter – a self-proclaimed Celtic music fanatic – eagerly agreed to experience the Celtic Colours Festival on stunning Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia for H.O.G.™ issue 016, he took his wife, Catherine; a beautiful new 2012 Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®; his cameras; and a well-seasoned eye for capturing the unique beauty of an area … and then some.
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A little look “behind the scenes.” That’s me trying to “direct” Brent, Greg, Darrell LaFosse, and Andre Burton to get the best shot. But trying to tell Harley® riders how to ride is not something you should try at home. We were riding near the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish Beach along the Cabot Trail on the East Coast of Cape Breton.
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Spread out! Spread out! I said, “SPREAD OUT!!”
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Brent, Greg, Andre, and Darrell climb into the mountains near Ingonish.
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Two bad-ass bikes at Baddeck Harbor along the Cabot Trail.
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Brent riding up and out of White Point on Aspy Bay.
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Brent looks serious about this ride on the Cabot Trail near the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish.
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Greg gets ready to get going along the Cabot Trail near the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish, on the East Coast of Cape Breton.
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It wouldn’t be a Celtic festival without amazing dancing. The Manitoba-based Asham Stompers, a high-energy jig and square dance troupe, influenced by Irish and native First People dance, performed at the Gaelic College Festival Club in St. Ann’s.
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Celtic musical influence truly does span the globe. At the Festival Club impromptu concert at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Jamaican-born Pepeto Pinto played Celtic music on steel drums he handcrafted.
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A moment of reflection surrounded by barrels of single malt whiskey at the Glenora Distillery in Halifax. Great music, incredible scenery, spectacular riding, fine food and drink, and even finer company. All in all, it’s hard to think of a better way to spend four days.
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Internationally acclaimed Cape Breton-born fiddler Ashley MacIsaac worked up a sweat at the opening night “Distant Sons and Daughters” concert in Port Hawkesbury. Fiddling ain’t for sissies.
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The Black Family, Dougie MacLean, Ashley MacIsaac, Barbara MacDonald Magone, Bruce Molsky, Sheila Kay Adams, Nic Gareiss, and others pack the stage. The “Distant Sons and Daughters” concert offered an overview of the festival with performers from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Appalachia, and even Louisiana.
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Internationally acclaimed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac is flanked by Greg and Brent on their Harley® motorcycles outside the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s.