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Cape Breton Island

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 December 2011

Mary Ann Kennedy makes a musical tour of Canada's Cape Breton Island, where three distinct cultures are embraced in one community. She visits a session at the celebrated Red Shoe Pub, with music from the island's Celtic tradition of folk fiddling; some of the island's Scots Gaelic speakers sing traditional songs; there is music from the Mi'kmaq aboriginal people; and she joins in a kitchen party with some home-grown music from the island's French Acadians.

Featured artists include Glenn Graham, who also talks about Cape Breton's folk history; Chrissy Crowley, one of the young generation of folk fiddlers; singer Mary Jane Lamond, who invites the local Gaelic community to a 'milling frolic', a traditional Scots work-party with music; Beverley and Joel Denny, who sing in the Mi'kmaq village of Eskasoni; and French Acadians Celeste, Weldon and Delores Boudreau - none of whom are related.

First broadcast in December 2011.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • BBC Location Recording

    • Image for Chrissy Crowley

      Chrissy Crowley Strathspeys and Reels (trad)

      Performers: Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) Kenneth Mackenzie (pipes) Hilda Chaisson (piano) Iain Hayes (guitar)

    • Image for Glenn Graham

      Glenn Graham Mabou Jig (trad)

      Perforemers: Glenn Graham (fiddle) Mary Graham (piano)

    • Image for Chrissy Crowley

      Chrissy Crowley A Mabou Strathspey in D (trad) / Strathspey Gan Aimn (trad) / Tuttle's Reel (trad) / Just

      Performers: Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) Kenneth Mackenzie (pipes) Hilda Chaisson (piano) Iain Hayes (guitar)

    • Image for Chrissy Crowley

      Chrissy Crowley Dave Macisaac's Strathspey (Brenda Stubbert) / Angus Ronald Beaton's Strathspey (Donald An

      Performers: Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) Kenneth Mackenzie (pipes) Hilda Chaisson (piano) Iain Hayes (guitar)

    • Image for Mary Jane Lamond

      Mary Jane Lamond 'N Oidhche sin Bha Mis' air Chuan (One night out on the ocean)

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Image for Rod C Mcneill

      Rod C Mcneill Fail oro már dh'fhag sinn (The fine crew set sail)

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Image for Calum Watson

      Calum Watson Gur Tu Mo Nigh'n Donn Bhóidheach (You are my beautiful brown haired girl)

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Image for Michael MacNeil

      Michael MacNeil Fáil ill o agus hóró eile (What happened to us my handsome lad)

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Image for Joel Denny

      Joel Denny The Partridge Song

      Performers: Joel and Beverly Denny

    • Image for Joel Denny

      Joel Denny Honour Song

      Performers: Joel and Beverly Denny

    • Image for Delores Boudreau

      Delores Boudreau Allons danser Calinda

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Image for Delores Boudreau

      Delores Boudreau Veillee rustique

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Image for Weldon Boudreau

      Weldon Boudreau Le Petit Willie

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Image for Weldon Boudreau

      Weldon Boudreau Pissenlit Pissenette

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

  • The Red Shoe Pub

    The Red Shoe Pub

    Photo by Marvin Ware

    The Red Shoe Pub
  • Chrissy Crowley

    Chrissy Crowley

    Kenneth Mackenzie (pipes) Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) Hilda Chaisson (piano) Iain Hayes (guitar)

    Photo by Marvin Ware

    Chrissy Crowley
  • Glenn Graham

    Glenn Graham

    Glenn Graham (fiddle) Mary Graham (piano)

    Photo by Marvin Ware

    Glenn Graham
  • Milling Frolic

    Milling Frolic

    Milling Frolic, Iona, Cape Breton

  • Iona, Cape Breton

    Iona, Cape Breton

    Photo by Marvin Ware

  • Iona on the shores of Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lake

    Iona on the shores of Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lake

    Photo by Marvin Ware

  • The Mi’kmaq people

    The Mi’kmaq people

    Joel and Beverly Denny

    Photo by Marvin Ware

  • Aunt Muriel’s Kitchen

    Aunt Muriel’s Kitchen

    Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

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