Fid­dlers host an­nual fes­ti­val

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/ Entertainment - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF

The Cape Breton Fid­dlers’ As­so­ci­a­tion will be host­ing its 44th an­nual Fes­ti­val of Cape Breton Fid­dling on Aug. 19-20 at the Gaelic Col­lege.

“We are look­ing for­ward to this year’s fes­ti­val, es­pe­cially to help Canada cel­e­brate a mile­stone,” said Betty Mathe­son, com­mit­tee spokesper­son.

“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.”

The fes­ti­val be­gins with fid­dle, pi­ano and step-dance work­shops on Aug. 19 from 25 p.m. Th­ese work­shops will be con­ducted by Ash­ley MacIsaac, Dara MacDonald, Lawrence Cameron and Ch­eryl MacQuar­rie.

As in the past, Satur­day evening will be­gin with a con­cert, fol­lowed by a tra­di­tional ceilidh in MacKen­zie Hall. Dur­ing this ceilidh, per­for­mance time will be al­lot­ted for vis­i­tors and lo­cal per­form­ers.

The fi­nale con­cert on Aug. 20 will take place at the Per­for­mance Cen­tre on the field over­look­ing St. Anns Bay.

Mu­si­cians from across Cape Breton Is­land, through­out main­land Nova Sco­tia, Prince Ed­ward Is­land and other parts of Canada and the United States will assem­ble on the grounds of the Gaelic Col­lege to par­tic­i­pate in this an­nual tra­di­tion.

The con­cert be­gins at 2 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

Full con­ces­sion fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able through con­cert times and there will be free park­ing.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, tele­phone 902-849-8476, 902-2953411 or 1-800-565-0000, email, cape­bre­ton­fid­ or go to www.cape­bre­ton­fid­

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