Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland Form Compelling Sound of The Outside Track






Vancouver, BC – July 27, 2012 - Cape Breton native Mairi Rankin is part of an increasingly popular group of traditional musicians that blend Canadian, Scottish and Irish Music.


The Outside Track's members hail from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver. The lineup comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O'Dalaigh.


In our interview with Mairi Rankin, she points out they walk a fine line of maintaining the traditional sound, but adding new influences like jazz to the music. We reached Mairi in Vancouver as she was preparing to fly to France.





The five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals, their show is known for the energy.


The band have enjoyed 5 years of extensive touring in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, including appearances at Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Goderich, Mission, Memoire et Racines, Sidmouth, and Whitby Festivals. False Knight from the soon to be released album, “Flash Company.”




2012 Schedule


July 27 La Bourboule, France tba
July 28 Decize, France Festiv'halles Festival
Jul 29 Paderborn, Germany Libori Festival
Aug 3 Mabou, NS, Canada The Red Shoe
Aug 4 Boisdale, NS, Canada Boisdale Hall
Aug 4, 4-6pm Iona, NS, Canada Highland Village Museum
Aug 5 Port Hawkesbury, NS, Canada Granville Green Outdoor Concert
Aug 8th Halifax, NS, Canada The Carleton
Aug 9-12 Lunenburg, NS, Canada Lunenburg Folk Festival
Aug 25 Irvine, Scotland Marymass Folk Festival
Aug 26 Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival
Aug 26 Edinburgh, Scotland St John's Church, Princes Street
Aug 28 Leigh-on-sea The Ship Inn
Aug 31 Fylde, England Fylde Folk Festival
Sep 27 New Galloway, Scotland Catstrand Arts Centre
Sep 28 Musselburgh The Brunton Theatre
Sept 29 Helmsley UK Helmsley Folk Festival
Sep 30 Walton-on Thames Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre
Oct 1 Nettlebed, England Nettlebed Folk Club




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