June 2013 Newsletter

Paul Cranford Releases New Tune Book at CMIC

This June, Cape Breton Fiddler Paul Cranford launched his new tune collection, The Cape Breton Scottish Collection; A Compilation of 318 Melodies, at the CMIC. Musicians from around the island and beyond gathered to share tunes to celebrate the new release. Cranford's newest collection features older Scottish tunes from the era between 1740 and 1935. The tunes themselves were written by a variety of composers including J. Scott Skinner and Niel Gow. The collection also features a variety of traditional Scottish Melodies.

Paul Cranford has been publishing music since 1979, when he re-issued the influential Skye Collection, 92 years after it was first published in Scotland. Over the years, Cranford has worked with other Cape Breton musicians to to create the Cape Breton Musical Heritage Series, which includes books of arrangements and original tunes by fiddlers such as Brenda Stubbert, Winston Fitzgerald and Jerry Holland. In 1996, he released The Lighthouse Collection, a volume of his own original tunes. The Cape Breton Scottish Collection is the latest release in the Cape Breton Musical Heritage Series.

Cranford's new tune book as well as a variety of his other publications are available for sale in our gift shop and are also available through our online store.

For more information on our books and recordings, please visit our online store

Dimh to Perform at the CMIC in July

The CMIC's summer line-up this year will feature a concert Ceilidh on July 29th featuring "Gaelic Supergroup" Dimh. The group takes their name from a Gaelic word for kinship and they combine music from throughout the Celtic diaspora to create a unique and dynamic sound.

The group includes Ross Martin of Arisaig (guitar), Gabe McVarish of Northern California (fiddle), Damian Helliwell from Eigg (mandolin and banjo), and Mabou's own Angus MacKenzie (pipes and whistle). The group released their first of four albums together in 2000 and they have since become renowned for their high energy live shows. Dimh has performed widely in Canada and Europe and has received two nominations for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Dimh will be performing at the CMIC on Monday, July 29th at 8:00pm. Tickets will be $12.

For more information on Dimh, please visit their website. For more information on this and other upcoming events this summer at the CMIC, please visit our calendar of events.

Tasty Food & Live Music at Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Summer Lunchtime Ceilidhs at the CMIC are now in full swing. Visitors can enjoy live music from Monday through Saturday and try a variety of local specialties such as Cape Breton Fishcakes & Beans with homemade chow (right), or Butternut Squash Soup with a freshly baked biscuit (left). We also have a variety of sandwiches, homemade desserts and seafood dishes, such as our famous lobster roll and popular haddock burger. Our full menu is now posted on our website.

The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 - 3:00pm with live music 
from 11:30-1:00pm and Sunday from 3:00-6:30pm during our Sunday Ceilidh.


Gaelic Speakers Shared Songs and Stories

Left: Gaelic speakers share some jokes at the CMIC's "Cape Breton Tunes & Stories" Event on June 28th.

The evening featured (left to right) Shay MacMullin, Carmen MacArthur, Anna MacKinnon, Ronald MacKenzie, and Kenneth MacKenzie. Shelly Campbell and Allan Dewar were also on hand to provide some tunes for the event.

The CMIC would like to send a special thank you to all of the Gaelic speakers and musicians who contributed their knowledge and talent and to all those who attended and helped make the evening a success.


Fiddler Donna-Marie DeWolfe Joins the CMIC Staff

This summer the CMIC will be joined by new in-house musician Donna-Marie DeWolfe of River Tillard (St Peters).

Donna Marie has been playing Cape Breton fiddle music since she was ten years old and comes from a line of musicians on both sides of her family. Her great-grandfather on her father's side was a fiddler, while her grandfather on her mother's side was both a fiddler and a fiddle maker.

As a child, Donna Marie heard plenty of fiddle music in her home. Her father is a Cape Breton traditional music lover and he always had fiddle music playing in the house.

At the age of 18, Donna Marie has become very active in the Cape Breton fiddle scene and plays for Ceilidhs and dances around the island.

This summer, she will be joining the CMIC's musicians on-staff to perform at our daily lunchtime Ceilidhs in July and August.

Upcoming July Events & Workshops

July 03: Wednesday Ceilidh 7:00-9:00pm. Doug Lamey & Kolten MacDonnell. $6.
July 04:
Fiddle Workshop 1:30pm - 3:30pm With instructor: Stan Chapman
July 07:
  Sunday Ceilidh 3:00-6:30pm. Andrea Beaton. $8.
July 10:
  Wednesday Ceilidh 7:00-9:00pm Kinnon & Betty Beaton. $6.
July 11:
Fiddle Workshop 1:30pm-3:30pm With instructor: Andrea Beaton
July 14:
  Sunday Ceilidh 3:00-6:30pm. Wendy MacIsaac $8.
July 17:
  Wednesday Ceilidh 7:00-9:00pm. Shelly Campbell. $6.
July 18:
  Fiddle Workshop 1:30pm-3:30pm With instructor: Shelly Campbell
July 21:
  Sunday Ceilidh 3:00-6:30pm. Dawn & Margie Beaton. $8.
July 24:
  Wednesday Ceilidh 7:00-9:00pm. Glenn Graham. $6.
July 25:
  Fiddle Workshop 1:30pm-3:30pm With instructor: Glenn Graham
July 28:
  Sunday Ceilidh 3:00-6:30pm. Colin Grant. $8.
July 29:
Concert/Ceilidh 8:00pm with Dimh. $12