March 2014

Winter continues to roll along here at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, but before you know it spring will be knocking at the door. There have been some great events that have helped to keep the winter blues at bay and lots more planned for the future! Read on to find out more about the happenings at the CMIC...
 

Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion
Weekly Gaelic classes with Carmen MacArthur, using the Gaidhlig aig Baile/Gaelic Immersion style to teaching, have been well received from all in attendance. Carmen has a great energy that makes language learning a fun and rewarding experience. Classes started in February and will continue for 14 weeks until May on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Although classes have already started, interested parties are still welcome to join in anytime.

For further information, contact: cheryl@celticmusiccentre.com
 


Gàidhlig aig Baile Immersion classes are made possible with the
support from Oifis Iomairtean na Gàidhlig / Office of Gaelic Affairs.



Na Gaisgich Òga Gathering

The CMIC hosted “Na Gaisgich Òga” (The Young Heroes) for a Friday evening Ceilidh on February 21st. Ten youth take part in the program that is offered through the Bun is Barr program (Office of Gaelic Affairs) and Colaside na Gaidhlig (The Gaelic College). One weekend each month, these children gather to take part in authentic experiences through the medium of Gaelic language. The February session, led by Shay MacMullin, was held in Judique at Frances MacEachen’s and the Ceilidh at the CMIC was part of their weekend.

This Ceilidh was a roaring success. Many attended and were thrilled to see the energy and interest in the culture that these children have. Kenneth MacKenzie, Shelly Campbell, Mary Elizabeth MacInnis and Tracey Dares provided some of the music while other guests such as Brian MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, Jeff MacDonald, Jim Watson and the Broussard Family offered up their talents throughout the evening as well. The “Na Gaisgich Òga” crew sang and danced throughout the evening. A big highlight was the milling frolic, which showcased youth and adults sharing songs. Thanks to all who came out to support these youth. Also thank you to those who brought lunch. Suas E!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ehTW92lWQ
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Roast Beef Dinner
The CMIC hosted a Roast Beef Dinner on February 9. Pauline Campbell and Eradin Graham cooked and a great crew of volunteers helped to make it a “delicious” success. Another community dinner is being planned for April.
 

Sunday Ceilidhs
The Sunday Ceilidhs in February & March featured Chrissy Crowley, Brian MacDonald, Dawn & Margie Beaton, Rachel Davis, Shelly Campbell and Donna Marie DeWolfe. These Sundays are great outings of music, dance and visiting with friends. The bar, kitchen and gift shop are opened throughout the Ceilidhs and we encourage all ages to attend!
 

The CMIC is a non-for-profit organization and must continuously fundraise to support its mandate and goals. We are looking to have our summer Ceilidhs throughout July and August sponsored. This is a great opportunity to celebrate a music lover’s birthday or anniversary, to honour someone’s memory, to promote a business or to simply help out! Sponsors may chose to remain anonymous or to be named. A tax receipt will be issued to you for your sponsorship.

Also, to thank you for your sponsorship, you will receive free admission for up to two people and we will be happy to pay for your first drink. Check out the website or email cheryl@celticmusiccentre.com for more information.
 

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March 5th was a special day at the CMIC. One of our great volunteers and board member, Willie I. MacIsaac received the “Maritimer of the Week” award from CTV Atlantic for the exceptional volunteerism and service he provides to the CMIC and the community. The CTV crew was on hand at the CMIC at noon on March 5th to present Willie with this honour in front of friends and staff. Donna Marie DeWolfe and Allan Dewar provided some music and a spontaneous square set erupted! The Board of the CMIC would like to congratulate Willie and thank him for his service. Just a reminder, one of Willie’s biggest efforts involves the Celtic Music Golf Classic Tournament, which is the major fundraiser for the CMIC. Please contact Willie if you are interested in entering a team or becoming a sponsor. www.celticmusiccentre.com/golf/tournament.htm


A very special congratulations to Buddy MacMaster on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Folk Alliance International on February 19th. This is an amazing recognition of his talent and recognition of the influence he has had on bringing traditional Cape Breton fiddle music to the international stage. Past recipients have included Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Joan Baez.

Check out this great interview with Buddy and friends.
http://www.cbc.ca/rewind/episode/2014/02/27/buddy-macmaster/
 

Congratulations and good luck to those who have been nominated for East Coast Music Association Awards. Here are some of the nominees with a Celtic Connection:

Fan’s Choice – Jimmy Rankin, The Barra MacNeils, Tim Chaisson
Studio Engineers/Producers – Jamie Foulds, Mike Shepherd
Rising Star Recording – Rachel Davis
Roots Traditional – The Barra MacNeils
Traditional Recording – Rachel Davis, Chrissy Crowley, Maxim Cormier
Event of the Year – Celtic Colours International Festival

Shoutout! Troy MacGillivray has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for his track, "Cynically Stealthy", from his new release, "Tune Poets". Congratulations Troy!

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From The Archives Video Series
The CMIC is very excited to be able to offer a "From The Archives" Video Series starting March 14 and continuing every Friday in March. Showing starts at 7pm and admission is by donation. All ages are welcome. Allan Dewar, the music director is working on pulling footage, such as old Broad Cove & Glendale concerts, Up Home Tonight and documentaries like the Vanishing Cape Breton fiddler to name a few, from the archives to show on the 15 foot screen. This will be a fantastic blast from the past and bring back some great memories and music!


 

St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh
The St Patty's Day Ceilidh this Sunday will feature Rodney MacDonald & Allan Dewar.
Don your green and come out and enjoy some delicious green cocktails!
 

Piano Workshop with Troy MacGillivray
On Saturday, March 29th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Troy will be teaching piano accompaniment for the Cape Breton Style of fiddling for intermediate/advanced players who would like to further their skills. Previous piano workshops were very well attended so register early!

Advance registration is required.
Register Online or by phone at 787-2708.
$40+tax. We have 4 keyboards available for use (+$10. Option available when registering). Others are advised to bring a keyboard/stand/seat.

For further information contact: allan@celticmusiccentre.com

 

Keep an eye on our website for more upcoming workshops in piano, stepdance and square dancing coming this spring & summer!



From June 29-July 5, get ready for a brand new island-wide kitchen Ceilidh with 60 shows in 6 days! CMIC will be hosting 5 pub nights with great food and entertainment. Stay tuned for details…

 

 

Friday, March 14
"From The Archives" Video Series
7:00pm. Free admission.

Sunday, March 16
Sunday Ceilidh

Rodney MacDonald & Allan Dewar -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, March 19
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class

With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Friday, March 21
"From The Archives" Video Series

7:00pm. Free admission.

Sunday, March 23
Sunday Ceilidh
Wendy MacIsaac & friends -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, March 26
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Friday, March 28
"From The Archives" Video Series
7:00pm. Free admission.

Saturday, March 29
Piano Workshop with Troy MacGillivray
10:00am-12:00pm. $40 (advance registration required)
More info/Register Online (by phone: 902-787-2708)

Sunday, March 30
Sunday Ceilidh
Troy MacGillivray & Allan Dewar -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday April 2
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sunday, April 6
Sunday Ceilidh
Donna Marie DeWolfe & friends -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, Apr 9
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sunday, April 13
Sunday Ceilidh
Colin Grant & friends -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, April 16
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sunday, April 20
Sunday Ceilidh
Rodney MacDonald & friends -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, April 23
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sunday, April 27
Sunday Ceilidh
Ian MacDougall & Mac Morin -- 3:00-6:00pm. Admission: $8

Wednesday, April 30
Gàidhlig aig Baile / Gaelic Immersion Class
With instructor: Carmen MacArthur -- 6:30pm-9:30pm
 

Visit our website for more upcoming events

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A reminder to check out the dances in West Mabou, jams in Creignish and Ceilidhs at the Doryman in Cheticamp, as these events also promote and celebrate the music throughout the winter. Check out www.musiccapebreton.com for a listing of all the local events.

Gaelic: Check out the Office of Gaelic Affairs new calendar for 2014. These calendars can be ordered or downloaded online. http://novascotia.ca/oga/pubs/2013-14-Calendar.pdf

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FIDDLE FACT:

"Theresa (MacLellan) took up the fiddle at age eight or so and soon she and Marie were bicycling to play local country dances, where Marie accompanied Theresa’s violin on the Hawaiian guitar.” – Mark Wilson, Rounder Records 7040: North American Tradition Series

The website http://www.cbfiddle.com is a fantastic resource of albums past and present. Great for looking up a tune name, finding new tunes or needing to hear a bar or two to spur your memory.

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