A Celtic Spring Fling – Glasgow’s Paul McKenna Band and Juno Nominees Cassie & Maggie coming to Charlottetown Friday, April 13th.
Ignites traditional musical flame in historic Maritime Celtic Settlements Scottish immigration to Canada began as early 1622 and over the almost 400 years since, the songs and stories of Scotland have shaped the Canadian cultural landscape. Between 1830 and 1850 over 600,000 Irish arrived to Canada. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland of course, but did you know in 1784, New Brunswick was originally named New Ireland with the capital to be Saint John?
The friendships between The Maritimes, Scotland and Ireland are strong, and no more so than between musicians, who today cross paths around the world, at folk festivals, Highland
Gatherings and even sessions in Irish pubs globally. The close knit Celtic community continues to grow and preserve the living tradition of Celtic music.
Traditional musicians Cassie and Maggie MacDonald from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and The Paul McKenna Band from Glasgow, Scotland join ranks this April for A CELTIC SPRING FLING, visiting 10 historic Maritime communities and celebrating all things Celtic. The towns and cities all boast immigration stories of brave Scottish and Irish families who let their homes in desperation and built new lives in Canada. They were the lumberjacks, the farmers, the coal miners and the fishermen from Digby to Charlottetown and through the hardships music championed their past and future.
These seven musicians have known each other for years but this is the first time they will have created a stage show together featuring fiddles, pipes, bodrhan, step dancing singing and more. The MacDonald sisters hail from Antigonish, a town who held their first Highland Games in
1861. Paul McKenna lives in Glasgow Scotland but both sets of Grandparents hail from Donegal and Mayo Ireland. The sisters and the lads first met at the legendary Celtic Colours in
Cape Breton and again at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
A Celtic Spring Fling is a celebration of not only the music but the stories of immigration through The Maritimes. Pictou was the landing of the Hector which held 189 Scottish settlers
from Loch-broom forced to flee after the Highland clearances, the Irish language survived as a community language in New Brunswick into the twentieth century due to the large Irish population in Mirmaichi who flourished in the lumber industry and created a safe place for those
fleeing the potato famine at home.
Miramichi Apr 11
Sackville April 12
Charlottetown April 13
Dartmouth April 14
Springhill April 16
Lunenburg April 17
Digby April 18
Saint John April 19
Fredericton Apr 20
Pictou Apr 21
Celebrate Celtic music, story, dance and song with award winning performers! If you enjoy pipes, fiddles, bodrhan join us for a night with Glasgow’s Paul McKenna Band featuring Paul McKenna on lead vocals; winner of Vocalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards. Joined by Ewan Baird (bodhran), Conal McDonagh (uilleann pipes, whistles), Jack Smedley (fiddle) and Conor Markey (banjo) this band has travelled the globe and last year performed in Canada at The Edmonton, Canmore, Winnipeg, Vancouver Folk Festivals as well as The Stan Rogers and Small Halls Festivals on the East Coast.
Joining the lads are our lassies from closer to home! The pride of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, are Cassie (fiddle, vocals, stepdance) and Maggie MacDonald (piano, guitar, vocals, stepdance). Cassie & Maggie have just been announced as JUNO nominees in the Roots Traditional category for 2018. Their new release, The Willow Collection was also awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award. These 7 exceptional purveyors of tradition, will be joined by a surprise special guest nightly, to round out a rousing chorus of all things Celtic.