Macphail goes Gaelic
Homestead hosts first Island Gaelic Language and Culture Festival from July 31 to Aug. 1
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.macphailhomestead.ca or phone 902-651-2789.