Fiddlers back from Cape Breton
Fresh off their 25th anniversary celebrations, the MacLeod Fiddlers spent much of August touring and performing in Eastern Canada.
Ian MacLeod took 13 members down East, where they performed nine major concerts and “a few minor concerts.”
The highlight of the tour was surely the Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling at the Gaelic College at St. Ann’s.
On the way there, they performed at concerts in New Brunswick – including one with the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers under the direction of Ivan and Vivian Hicks. Other concerts were performed at St. Michael’s Hall in Baddeck, Nova Scotia and at the Barn at the Normaway Inn and the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre.
The fiddlers didn’t spend all their time with fiddles in hand. They also had some free time. One of the most memorable outings was to Uisgh Ban Falls ( Gaelic for White Water Falls) and to the Cabot Trail, where they went swimming at Ingonish Beach, which is said to be the warmest beach on the Eastern Seaboard.
The group was gone from Aug. 12-21.
Participating musicians were Fia Leroux, Ashley Flipsen, Hamish McDonald, Ryan Flipsen, Robyn Howes, Charlotte Lapensee, Kady Jeaurond, Tyler MacLeod, Taylor Hambleton, Reid Baker, Heather Flipsen, Rachel Campbell, Noel Campbell, Curtis Flipsen, Lynn Flipsen, Ian R. MacLeod.