20th Annual Gaelic Concert Series

Tuesday evenings

July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 14 |  2018 | 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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July 17                                     

Mὁd nam Fìdhlearan “The Fiddler’s Court”

Bean an Taighe Beth MacNeil will host the first concert of this our 20th year! Join her as she welcomes renowned Cape Breton traditional fiddlers Brenda Stubbert, Kimberly Fraser, and Colin Grant. Accompanists are Joël Chaisson and Aaron Lewis. They will also play some lively tunes for our featured dancers.

 

July 24                                                  

 Òrain Ghàidhlig “Gaelic Song”

Bean an Taighe Stacey MacLean hosts tonight! Gaelic tradition-bearers The Iona Gaelic Singers Rod C. MacNeil and Mickey “John H. “MacNeil will be joined by Colin Watson and Evan Bonaparte. Stacey will perform with Kaj Udby and Philip Whyte from Na Gaisgich Òga-The Young Heroes, a youth mentorship program. Càirdean, (Rod C. MacNeil, Hugh MacKinnon, Brian Madore, and Barry George) will perform. We also welcome Sarah MacInnis, (Gaelic song and piano), and Elizabeth MacInnis, (harmonies and fiddle).Dancers will perform to Puirt à Beul, Gaelic Mouth Music. A show not to be missed!

 

July 31

Céilidh nam Pìobairean “The Piper’s Céilidh”

We are excited to once again present the Piper’s Céilidh after a few years absence! Bean an Taighe former Féis instructor Anita MacDonald, (fiddle, dance, and Gaelic song), will welcome fellow touring partners Ben Miller and Zakk Cormier, and her sisters Lauren and Katherine for some steps. Ryan J. MacNeil will be joined by his young son Maël performing on the chanter. We also welcome Rankin MacInnis back to the Féis. Come out and experience some of the finest traditional piping Cape Breton has to offer.

 

August 7

Teudan, Òrain, is Pìoban “Strings, Songs, and Pipes”

Fear an Taighe Goiridh Dòmhnallach will welcome to the Féis members of the local community performing group The Legion Legends. They will entertain us with music and traditional Cape Breton ballads. Featured soloists Cathy MacMillan and Janet Gillis will perform some Gaelic songs. Piper Matt MacIsaac will treat us to some traditional tunes, and several members of “The Legends” will play a set of instrumental tunes. Susan MacLean, (piano), and Stephanie MacDonald, (fiddle), will provide the accompaniment for tonight’s step-dancers.

 

August 14

Aisling air an Ùrlar “A Vision on the Floor”

If you love traditional Cape Breton Step-Dance then we have a special treat in store! Bean an Taighe Betty Lord welcomes you to this night of stepping! Mac Morin, (dance and piano), Derek and Melody Cameron (dance, fiddle, and guitar), Dawn MacDonald-Gillis, (dance and piano), Kyle Gillis, (fiddle)  and Helen MacKenzie, (dance and fiddle) will be joined by brothers Stephen and Louis MacLennan for The Scotch 4 and solo dance

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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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