Cape Breton International Drum Festival line-up announced

Organisers of the annual Cape Breton International Drum Festival have today announced the line-up for the tenth anniversary of the festival. It is being staged in an amazing setting, the Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada on Saturday 22 May and Sunday 23 May, 2010.

One of the festival's Directors, Jennifer Nemeth announced: “We are very excited to confirm world drumming megastars Virgil Donati, Denny Seiwell, and Bill Cobham will be amongst the drummers performing at the festival next year. In a bold move that clearly shows the high regard the Cape Breton International Drum Festival holds in the world drumming community, early commitment from many of the worlds´ finest performers has enabled the directors to confirm a stellar line up at such an early date."

“10 years is a big mile stone” adds Director Ryan MacArthur. “So many drummers and percussionists wanted to be here, and we have an amazing line up and people will be very happy to see past favourites such as Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and Pete Lockett return”. MacArthur also added “New York session giant Billy Ward, who was at the first and fifth years, is back to share the historic tenth year celebration, we couldn´t imagine doing it without him”.

In addition Legends Awards will be presented to Carmine Appice, Alan White, Jerry Mercer, Roxy Petrucci & Virgil Donati for their major contribution to drumming and to education

Tickets will go on sale 1 July 2009. You will be able to pick them up from the Savoy Theatre box office, or from

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