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Island Echoes
with Wendy Bergfeldt

Welcome to Island Echoes

Saturday Evenings, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on CBC Radio One.

Your host Wendy Bergfeldt keeps you up-to-date with Cape Breton culture every Saturday evening with Island Echoes, a weekly cultural program.

Paul Cranford - Patron of World Fiddle Day

An excerpt for this weeks edition of Island Echoes featuring the Patron of World Fiddle Day, Paul Cranford.

Listen audio (runs 18:51)

Bards of the World pt.2

Whether they're known as griots, kobzars, minstrels or bards, cultures around the world and throughout time have relied on singing storytellers as a vital source of oral history and entertainment. 

In conjunction with Cape Breton University's Singing Storytellers International Conference, and the Celtic Colours Inetrnational Festival, we'll introduce you to bardic traditions from Africa to Ukraine and Ireland to Cape Breton, through the songs and stories of these modern day practitioners of this age-old tradition. 

Seán Ó Sé, Buddy MacDonald, and Lewis MacKinnon represent the tradition as it extends back to Ireland and Scotland. 

Spoken word performer and musician Julian Kytasty is one of few bandura players today who performs music from the kobzar tradition of Ukraine and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté comes from a family of singers who have performed Griot music for centuries in Mali.

Listen audio (runs 38:04)

Bards of the World pt.1

Whether they're known as griots, kobzars, minstrels or bards, cultures around the world and throughout time have relied on singing storytellers as a vital source of oral history and entertainment.

In conjunction with Cape Breton University's Singing Storytellers International Conference, and the Celtic Colours Inetrnational Festival, we'll introduce you to bardic traditions from Africa to Ukraine and Ireland to Cape Breton, through the songs and stories of these modern day practitioners of this age-old tradition.

Seán Ó Sé, Buddy MacDonald, and Lewis MacKinnon represent the tradition as it extends back to Ireland and Scotland.

Spoken word performer and musician Julian Kytasty is one of few bandura players today who performs music from the kobzar tradition of Ukraine and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté comes from a family of singers who have performed Griot music for centuries in Mali.

Listen audio (runs 25:06)

Island Echoes: December 07th, 2013

Island Echoes: December 07th, 2013

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Joe Confiant's Fiddle Makes It's Way To Denmark

Fionia String Band is a meeting of two generations of folk musicians with a shared passion for traditional melodies.

They deliver rustic and lively folk music from polkas and lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes, mainly from the Scandinavian repertoire as well as traditional music from Québec and Cape Breton.

The band consists of two of Denmark's top fiddlers, Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman, with Theis Juul Langlands, a teacher at Denmark's only traditional music academy, on piano.

They play with passion and intelligence and are obviously having a great time playing together. The music is easily accessible and offers a refreshingly modern interpretation of Danish traditional music.

Listen audio (runs 22:21)

Gaelic Poem Contest

If you have a Gaelic poem you'd like to submit to our contest send emails here.

Judges for this contest are Mary Anne Kennedy and John A. MacPherson

The legacy of Nina Cohen and the Centennial Celebrations

Meaghan Beaton grew up on Rigby Road in Sydney. She recently finished her PhD in Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Her work explored how the country's centennial celebrations shaped Nova Scotia's history through the state's development and implementation of cultural policy.


Listen audio (runs 31:45)

Stuart Cameron - Here Comes John Allen Cameron Remastered

"Here Comes John Allen Cameron" was recorded in 1968 and it was the result of a recording session that took place in a brand new studio in upper Canada.

While Stuart Cameron (the son of John Allen Cameron) wasn't even born when this all happened, he know how important the album was. That's why he decided to recover it, restore, remaster, and re-release it.

That all came together last week "Here Comes John Allen Cameron" came back to us with a brand new CD and 28pages of liner notes.

To talk about why, we reached Stuart in Toronto.

Listen audio (runs 11:23)

JP Cormier - New Music & A New Approach

JP Cormier releases his new web-site today in conjunction with his new approach on the world of music.

Listen audio (runs 40:19)

Heather Sparling - Westray Songs

Heather Sparling is an ethnomusicologist who has a research specialty in Scottish Gaelic song in Cape Breton. She is currently working on a project about disaster songs of Atlantic Canada. disastersongs.ca

Today she joins us to talk about songs surrounding Westray Mine.

Listen audio (runs 17:06)

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