Macphail goes Gaelic

Homestead hosts first Is­land Gaelic Lan­guage and Cul­ture Fes­ti­val from July 31 to Aug. 1

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY/ENTERTAINMENT -

It will be all things Gaelic here this sum­mer when the Sir An­drew Macphail Homestead hosts the very first Is­land Gaelic Lan­guage and Cul­ture Fes­ti­val.

“The fes­ti­val will fea­ture a sing song of cho­ruses from lo­cally-com­posed Scot­tish Gaelic songs to na­ture walks ex­plor­ing the Gaelic names and lore of plants and an­i­mals in the Macphail Woods,” says site di­rec­tor Doreen Huestis.

“There will also be a hearty Gaelic-inspired lunch high­light­ing site-sourced pro­duce and a frolic.”

Eilean an Àigh: Cel­e­bra­tion of Is­land Gaelic Lan­guage and Cul­ture will be held Fri­day, July 31 through Satur­day, Aug. 1.

Mary MacGil­livray, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and singer-song­writer, along with Tiber Falzett, Is­land­based Gaelic-speak­ing scholar and mu­si­cian, have or­ga­nized the event that will ap­peal to Is­lan­ders of all ages and back­grounds. John Shaw of the School of Scot­tish Stud­ies, Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh and James Wat­son of the Nova Sco­tia High­land Vil­lage Mu­seum will host work­shops and dis­cus­sions and the fes­ti­val will con­clude with Taigh Cèilidh ‘ic Phàil (Macphail Cèilidh House) grand fi­nale con­cert with spe­cial guests.

Spa­ces are lim­ited and pre­book­ing is highly rec­om­mended. Full two-day fes­ti­val passes, in­clud­ing spe­cial lunch, evening lec­ture and fi­nale cèilidh con­cert, are avail­able at a dis­counted $50.

There will also be lim­ited passes avail­able for these events in­di­vid­u­ally. For more de­tails and pre-book­ing visit www.macphail­home­ or phone 902-651-2789.

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