Rita MacNeil got her start as a singer in the women's movement back in the 70's. After early struggles with no money & a marriage breakdown, she became a trailblazer for Cape Breton artists. But she's more than a singer-songwriter. She's had her own book & TV show, and of course, she's been operating Rita's Tea Room in Big Pond for 27 years. Rita & Steve Sutherland sat down at her favourite table over - what else - a nice warm pot of tea.
Rita MacNeil passed away April 16, 2013 from complications following surgery, she was 68.
Rita MacNeil (runs 14:51)