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Annual Festival 2016

Cape Breton Fiddlers Host Annual Festival

St Ann's, Cape Breton- In Cape Breton and afar, fiddles are heard at times of celebration and sorrow. The very make-up 

of a good piece of fiddle music can take you through many emotions; it is one of the reasons Cape Breton fiddle music has been 

popularized around the globe. Thousands of tunes created by past and present Cape Breton fiddle composers are played in Russia

to the homeland of Scotland, PEI, across Canada, throughout the United States, and across Nova Scotia, for music has no boundaries. 

One can sense the magic of Cape Breton fiddle music when Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association hosts its 43rd annual 

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling on Saturday, August 20th, and Sunday, August 21st, 2016, on the grounds of the

iconic Gaelic College (Colaisde Gaidhlig) St. Ann's, Victoria County. 


The Festival begins with a series of Fiddle, Piano, and Stepdance workshops from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. under the 

direction of some of the Association's finest performers/instructors. Supper will be available at concession stands from 

5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by a ceilidh at 7:00 p.m. featuring wonderful fiddling, dancing, piping, and singing.

The evening ends with a square dance. 


On Sunday August 21st, the Gala Concert will once again be the highlight of the Festival with local, national, and international

performers. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage on the grounds of the Gaelic College. The concert features a rich 

line-up of fiddlers, piano players, bagpipers, singers, etc.


One of the Board Members, Betty Matheson says, "Many of our younger members will be featured on both days. Eddie Rodgers adds,

"We purposely highlight their talent and expertise; its exciting to see them shine in front of the audience." The concert will take 

place, rain shine, because of the historic Hall of the Clans is available in case of inclement weather. 


Full consession facilities will be available throughout the weekend with plenty of free parking.

For further information, contact: 902-849-8476, 902-295-3411, 1-800-565-0000

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