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Dance Dance, Wherever You May Be
It is well-established that dance tradition is an important, if not defining, influence on Cape Breton’s traditional music. Dance is the root of our culture and drives the rhythmic style of music found not only here but also in Irish and Scottish musical traditions, as we see in these Celtic Colours performances.
Dusky Meadow Set: Dusky Meadow (Traditional) / Sandy MacIntyre’s Trip to Boston (John Campbell) / Beaton’s Delight (Donald Angus Beaton)
Celebrating the integral role dance plays in Cape Breton’s traditional music, Celtic Colours has always showcased dance during the Festival. Renowned Cape Breton dancer and instructor Melody Cameron is featured here with Kenneth MacKenzie on fiddle, Patrick Gillis on guitar, and Mac Morin on piano, recorded during the always popular Close to the Floor concert at Strathspey Place in Mabou (10/13/15).
Featuring: Melody Cameron, Kenneth MacKenzie, Mac Morin, and Patrick Gillis
Grogan’s Set: Grogan’s / Headwood Crossing / Leslie’s March (Traditional, arranged by Liz Doherty, Eugene McKenna, Lauren O’Neill, Eimhéar Mulholland and Jack Warnock)
Dr. Liz Doherty and a flock of her Ulster University students are joined on stage by Irish dancer Joe McGuiggan at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre during Celtic Cabaret (10/9/16). Joe’s dance is influenced and inspired by the old traditional style of County Derry in the North West of Ireland. This sean-nós, or “old style”, has much in common with Cape Breton step dancing.
Featuring: The Doc Flock with Liz Doherty and Joe McGuiggan
The Dance Set: The Kames Lassies (Donald McPhedran) / Little Donald in the Pigpen (Traditional) / Mary’s Fancy (Traditional) / The Ale is Dear (Traditional)
Cape Breton dancer Amélie Larade steps to centre stage in her home community of Chéticamp to close the first half of Fiddlers’ Homecoming: 50 Years at the Doryman, at La Place des arts Père Anselme Chiasson (10/11/16). Fin Moore, Sarah Hoy, Andrea Beaton and Mike Vass make the Cape Breton-Scotland connection on this set of tunes just right for dancing.
Featuring: Fin Moore, Sarah Hoy, Mike Vass and Andrea Beaton with Amélie Larade
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Shannon MacMullin is a Gàidhlig learner, singer and storyteller; a community educator, and the Cultural Experiences Co-ordinator at Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village. She loves dancing, making beauty in the world & bringing people together.
Heather Rankin is a singer, songwriter, actor and member of the 6X Juno Award winning band The Rankin Family. As a solo artist she has released two albums, A Fine Line (ECMA/Juno Nom.) and Imagine (ECMA Nom.).