High­land Vil­lage con­cert on­line

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - SHARON MONT­GOMERY sharon.mont­gomery@cb­post.com @cape­bre­ton­post

IONA — Since 1962, the Hec­tor's Point hill­side has come alive for the an­nual Là Mór a' Bhaile High­land Vil­lage Day Con­cert, fea­tur­ing the very best of Nova Sco­tia Gaelic cul­ture from es­tab­lished and up-and-com­ing fid­dlers, pipers, singers, dancers and more, all with the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of the Bras d'Or Lake.

Al­though the pan­demic has put the live hill­side con­cert on hold for this year, High­land Vil­lage has brought the 59th an­nual con­cert to the world with a spe­cial on­line pre­sen­ta­tion through its YouTube and Face­book so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

This year's con­cert, avail­able on­line as of Aug. 1, fea­tures per­for­mances from lo­ca­tions through­out the Baile nan Gàid­heal High­land Vil­lage mu­seum site in Iona and a fi­nale on the stage it­self.

Per­form­ers in­clude Kyle Mac­Neil, Sheumas and Mon­ica Mac­Neil and fam­ily, Don­nie Campbell, Buddy Mac­Don­ald, Howie Mac­Don­ald, Joanne Mac­In­tyre and boys, Stephanie Mac­Don­ald, Su­san Ma­cLean, Han­nah Krebs, Kather­ine Mac­Don­ald, Shawnee Paul, Nora Fownes, Phillip and Mar­ley Whyte, and mem­bers of the Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity Pipe Band — Ai­den, Cameron, Emma and Cody Mac­Neil.

The con­cert also marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage and the 20th an­niver­sary of the vil­lage join­ing the Nova Sco­tia Mu­seum fam­ily.

In 1979, the board of trustees of the Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage So­ci­ety es­tab­lished an an­nual Award of Merit to rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the High­land Vil­lage and/or to Scot­tish Gaelic Cul­ture in Nova Sco­tia.

This year the so­ci­ety has rec­og­nized Flora Ann MacIsaac of Bois­dale, de­scribed as, “Gen­er­ous, kind and ev­er­will­ing to help out folks who are learn­ing Gaelic.”

The Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage So­ci­ety has also pre­sented $2,500 in schol­ar­ships to three up and com­ing cul­ture bear­ers through its Stòras na -Òi­gridh Trea­sures of Youth Schol­ar­ship Fund. Man­aged by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Nova Sco­tia, the fund sup­ports Nova Sco­tian youth be­tween the ages of five and 21 with a keen in­ter­est to ad­vance their tra­di­tional Gaelic cul­tural skills, in­clud­ing fid­dle, pipes, pi­ano/gui­tar ac­com­pa­ni­ment, lan­guage, sto­ry­telling, song and dance.

This year's re­cip­i­ents are Abby Hansen, a fid­dler, pi­ano player and Gaelic singer from the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity who re­ceived $1,000; Phillip Whyte, a Gaelic speaker and singer from Bara­chois in the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, who was given $1,000; and Gra­cie Hawes, a fid­dler and pi­ano player from St. An­drews, Antigo­nish County, who re­ceived $500.

Trea­sures of Youth also has a fid­dle loan pro­gram. Halle Rose Ma­cLean of Creignish will be tak­ing on the fid­dle tra­di­tion us­ing a half-size fid­dle do­nated to Trea­sures of Youth by Roger Gal­lant.

CON­TRIB­UTED

A peek at the first vir­tual High­land Vil­lage Day Con­cert with Howie Mac­Don­ald on fid­dle and Buddy Mac­Don­ald on gui­tar in the kitchen of the MacQuar­rie-Fox House.

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