19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series

Tuesday evenings

July 18, 25 & August 1, 8 | 8pm
Admission: $15     Children 14 & Under $5
Tickets must be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis.

Doors open 7pm

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Thank you for joining us for our Tuesday night concert series! See you next year!!!!

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Some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians gather at the Christmas Island Fire Hall to share the stage with emerging talent and local tradition bearers in bilingual Gaelic-English concerts. A traditional tea with oatcakes and tea biscuits is served.

While working in the lumber camps, local bard Hugh F. MacKenzie lamented leaving his home. “Christmas of 1927 overtook me in Northern Ontario, eighty miles from civilization. My thoughts of home and Cape Breton I tried to voice in the following verses vowing:“Bu Deònach Leam Tilleadh” (“I would willingly return”). Some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians gather at the Christmas Island Firehall to share the stage with emerging talent and local tradition bearers in bilingual Gaelic-English concerts. A traditional tea with oatcakes and tea biscuits will be served.

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We dedicate this year’s Gaelic Concert Series to three individuals who have made a significant contribution to Féis an Eilein’s efforts to preserve Gaelic language in our community. Father Francis Cameron, Janet Cameron, and Florence MacIsaac participated in our original session of Gaelic language classes using the new TIP methodology. Since that time they have organized weekly Wednesday morning Gaelic céilidhs at The Beaver Cove Take-Out. Their enthusiasm and generous giving of their time has provided an opportunity for native Gaelic speakers and learners to visit and converse in the Gaelic. We are very much obliged to them and we thank them for their commitment.

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