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Mary Ann Kennedy visits Canada to make a musical tour of Cape Breton Island, where three distinct cultures are embraced in one community: Celtic, Gaelic and Mi'kmaq.

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.

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1 hour

Music Played

  • BBC Location Recording

    • Chrissy Crowley

      Strathspeys and Reels (trad)

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

    • Glenn Graham

      Mabou Jig (trad)

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

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • Mary Jane Lamond

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

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Rod C Mcneill

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

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Calum Watson

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

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Michael MacNeil

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

      Performers: Milling Frolic

    • Joel Denny

      The Partridge Song

      Performers: Joel and Beverly Denny

    • Joel Denny

      Honour Song

      Performers: Joel and Beverly Denny

    • Delores Boudreau

      Allons danser Calinda

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Delores Boudreau

      Veillee rustique

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Weldon Boudreau

      Le Petit Willie

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

    • Weldon Boudreau

      Pissenlit Pissenette

      Performers: Delores Boudreau, Celeste Boudeau and Weldon Boudreau

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