Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association
Weekend of Tunes
Upcoming Event at the Frolic'n Folk
With our trip to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario this summer, and in conjunction with Canada 150 celebrations, the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association will be performing in a number of events, concerts, fundraisers, etc. over the next number of months. Check the website and the facebook group often for a current list of events.
Confirmed performers (subject to change):
**Admission is by donation at the door
It is really important that all members of the association that live in the area and are attending the trip be in attendance if at all possible. This is a great chance for us to make some money to help out with the trip. Even if you aren't coming on the trip, spend the afternoon with us anyway and enjoy some great tunes, food, and beverages. Bring some friends and spread the word. Let's make it a great afternoon!
First 2017 Practice
All members and their families are invited to our first ceilidh/practice on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in MacKenzie Hall on the beautiful Gaelic College grounds.
Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association Celebrates Canada 150
Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association Hosts Annual Festival
HAPPY 150TH BIRTHDAY, CANADA
Witness the magic of Cape Breton fiddle music when the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association hosts its 44th annual Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling (this year only to be called “CB Fiddlers’ Association Celebrates Canada 150”) on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th on the grounds of the beautiful Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Victoria County.
Fiddlers will perform new and old tunes. You will hear compositions of Dan R. MacDonald, Dan H. MacEachern, Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert, Kinnon Beaton, etc. The music of old-country composers such as Neil Gow, James Scott Skinner, will also be played. These compositions are unique features in the repertoire of the Cape Breton fiddler. Together with our fiddlers at the festival, we will also showcase dancers, pianists, vocalists, guitarists, and pipers. This year we will also be joined by a dulcimer player and his band!
CB Fiddlers’ Association Celebrates 150 festival begins with a series of fiddle, piano, and stepdance workshops on Saturday, August 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. These workshops will be conducted by some of the Association’s finest performers/instructors. As in the past, Saturday evening will begin with a concert, followed by a traditional ceilidh in MacKenzie Hall. During this ceilidh, time will be allotted for those performers who are visitors to our events as well as our own musicians.
The Finale Concert on Sunday, August 20th, will take place at the Performance Centre on the field overlooking beautiful St. Ann’s Bay. Musicians from across Cape Breton Island, throughout mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and other parts of CanadaA and the United States will assemble on the grounds of the Gaelic College to participate in this annual tradition. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.
Betty Matheson, Committee Spokesperson, says “we are looking forward to this year’s festival, especially to help Canada celebrate a milestone. To mark this occasion, we are pleased to announce that one of our local well-known fiddlers, Kinnon Beaton, has prepared a special tune to be included among the strathspeys and reels. Kinnon’s tune, Canada 150, is a fantastic addition to our repertoire. Come out and enjoy hearing all the music of the past and the future!
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