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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

Listen audio (runs 36:06)

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

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)

Trestle Traditions & Piano Accompaniment
Dr. Ian Brodie & Dr. Chris MacDonald

Starting this morning and running all week, both faculty and students at Cape Breton University will be presenting some of the research they've been working on over the course of the year.

Dr. Ian Brodie presented some of his findings. He has been working on research around the railroad trestle in Sydney River.

The very trestle that has for some time been the subject of debate after years of being painted and repainted by high school students.

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All this week at Cape Breton University faculty and students will be presenting some of the research they've been working on over the course of the year.....in some cases, the course of their careers!

In fact this morning it was time for several members of the folklore department to talk about their work.

Including Dr Chris MacDonald, he is interested in the piano especially when it's being played along with traditional Cape Breton fiddle music.

tape MacDONALD Piano Accompaniment.mp3

Celtic Colours 2011 - Ashley MacIsaac
Knox Presbyterian Church

Thumbnail image for ashley.jpegHailing from Creignish, Inverness County, Ashley MacIsaac now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Since the early 1990s, Ashley has made numerous albums which run the gamut from traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, to boundary busting rock'n'roll-styled fiddle arrangements, to fronting a full on rock band as lead singer.

Ashley's career has taken him all over the world. performed at Carnegie Hall six times, opened for Sting at a May Day concert in Rome, Italy and played in Australia, Mexico, China and all over North America and Europe. Aside from countless live performances over the years, Ashley has appeared in several movies, and has had several documentaries made on his life.

Ashley's new album, Crossover, was released earlier this year. During Celtic Colours, Ashley will be performing with piano-player Barbara MacDonald Magone.

Celtic Colours 2011 - Ashley MacIssac.mp3

The Fiddler's Reel
Marc Almon

photo_1855418_resize.jpgOn September 26th in Iona there was a very special screening of 'The Fiddler's Reel' at the Highland Village.

It's Marc Almon's newest creation and he stopped in to tell us all about it.

Marc Almon for web.mp3

RyLee Madison

RLM_crowd-shot-top.jpgIt's been five years since we've had a new album from RyLee Madison. She was in the middle of BIG life changes when she recorded "Farewell To Nova Scotia". Changes that took her away from home.

However.

Unlike so many of those 'going down the road' stories from Cape Breton, this one takes a decidedly happy turn.

RyLee Madison and husband Clay Krasner talk about the new album 'Where Does the Time Go"

Island Echoes - Rylee Madison for web.mp3




the Comedian
Nick Beaton

nick.jpgFrom a blue collar background, Nick Beaton cuts through the bullshit of an overly bureaucratic society that takes itself way too seriously.

Whether it's done through his opinionated rants, hard hitting jokes, or his disarming "every man" personality Nick Beaton is a favorite wherever he performs.

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The Antagonist
Lynn Coady

Thumbnail image for lynn coady the antagonist.jpgCape Breton author (and great friend of the show) Lynn Coady has recently released a new book, and every time she does she joins us for a chat. Many of the stories taking place right here in Cape Breton.

She is regarded as one of the best writers of her generation and yesterday the rest of the country finally acknowledged that by adding her to the long list for the prestigious Giller Prize.

Lynn Coady the Antagonist.mp3




Michael Anthony's
Lucy MacNeil & Susan MacLean

lucy macneil.jpgTwo-Hundred Eighty-two notes.

That's how many Lucy MacNeil put to paper when she composed a tune for fiddler Michael Anthony MacLean.

Those 282 notes will bring the people who want to learn more about the island's celtic arts and their studies closer together.

It's part of a major study by the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society, and it's called the Treasures of Youth Fund.

It's a fundraiser AND and awareness raiser and it's what we're talking about this weekend at the Sunday concert of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association.

Lucy MacNeil & Susan MacLean.mp3


Eric Angus Whyte

ericanguswhyte.jpgMusician Eric Angus Whyte has been out of the Country for a while, living in Ireland.

He came home for a summer vacation and dropped by the studio to share his good news.


Philip Glass

Thumbnail image for PhillipGlass.jpgPhilip Glass has lived in Cape Breton for the summer for more than 40 years, but last Friday night, he played his first ever concert on the Island.  Philip Glass is regarded as  the most influential composer of our generation.  He has received three academy Award Nominations for the work he has done in film, his work has been staged  on every continent in  the world.

And on Friday night, he himself performed, in front of an audience of about 40 people,  for the first time ever in Cape Breton at the Normaway Inn in Margaree.

This was a concert fiddler Ashley MacIsaac arranged as a fundraiser for a group that wants to do more research into the Gulf of St Lawrence.

After the concert...we had a chance to speak with Mr Glass.

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Doug Johnson - Loose Lips

Thumbnail image for doug-johnson-loose-lips.jpgWith the release of his new album 'Loose Lips' Doug Johnson chatted with Robert Doublett about his life in music.


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