Glendale Festival Live – Remastered Music from the 1973-1979 festivals featuring the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association and more!
A project of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre Archives Department. A portion of the sales from this recording are donated to The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre and the St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Glendale.
Contains previously unreleased material.
02. Evening Finale Jig Medley (1973)
03. West Mabou Medley (1973)
04. High Road Set (1975)
05. Mini Finale (1977)
06. Mo Mhathair (1977)
07. Cutting Ferns Medley (1977)
08. Sunday Night Finale 1st Group (1977)
09. Sunday Night Finale 2nd Group (1977)
10. Sunday Night Finale 3rd Group (1977)
11. Pet Of The Pipers Medley (1979)
12. Stirling Castle Medley (1979)
13. Loch Earn Medley (1979)
In February, 1972, a CBC documentary entitled “The Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler” was produced by Ron MacInnis. The premise of this film was to show that the traditional Cape Breton violin music was in a state of decline, and that it would soon disappear entirely! Reaction to this documentary was swift and disbelieving. The most notable achievement of the film was that it shook Cape Bretoners out of their complacency, and it made them aware that, quite possibly, the Cape Breton Fiddle was facing extinction.
Father John Angus Rankin was one of the key people who vowed that this would never happen!A group composed of Frank MacInnis, Father Eugene Morris, Burton MacIntyre, Archie Neil Chisholm, Father John Angus Rankin, Rod Chisholm, Judge Hugh J. MacPherson, Anne Marie MacDonald, Jeannette Beaton, Joey Beaton, and Ray MacDonald met as a result of a letter sent out by Frank MacInnis. This dedicated group of people decided to proceed with the concept of a large fiddlers festival; thus, the very seed of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association began. The first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling was held in Glendale in July 1973. Over 130 proud Cape Breton fiddlers arrived in Glendale that weekend and gave one of the greatest concerts ever witnessed in Cape Breton. Several thousand people made up the audience.
“The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association commends the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in its efforts to produce this compilation CD, that once again celebrates the days of the Glendale Festivals of the nineteen seventies.” ~ Frank MacInnis.