Tuesday, October 13th, 2015










  • Where did you get that tune? : The origins and evolution of English fiddle music in the James Madison Carpenter Collection
    Elaine Bradtke
  • The Manuscripts of Fiddler James Barry, Pictou, Nova Scotia
    Kate Dunlay
  • The Salem Hornpipe: The Fiddle Tune, the Irish Bandmaster, and the Winter Island Muster.
    James Dalton


Composition & Creativity

  • Fiddling And Beyond: Developing A New Shetland Tradition
    Claire White
    (creativity, revival)
  • Air lorg air a’ bhlas:Trans-linguistic Anatomic Trans-location in Puirt a Beul and Percussive Dance
    Mary Ann Kennedy & Nic Gareiss
  • “I’d Get the Tune into Me Head”: Oral Music Learning Among Traditional Fiddlers on Prince Edward Island
    Ken Perlman






Fiddle Camps

  • Pathways to Learning: The Musical Journeys of Five Adult Fiddle Players
    Christen Blanton
  • “Fiddle Camp” for Adults: Teaching and Learning at Colaisde na Gàidhlig (The Gaelic College) in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton, NS

Jane Clendinning

  • The Galician Fiddle Scene: The Fruit of a North American Crossing Over
    Alfonso Vazquez


Outside the North Atlantic

  • Irish Music in Japan: From Nostalgia and Tradition to a New Cosmopolitanism
    Toshio Oki
  • Scotland to Australia: Inter-continental Musical Transactions
    Emma Nixon
  • What Instruments Want: Fiddling in the Black Atlantic
    Hallie Blejewski



12:30-1:30: LUNCH



Workshop: Kate Dunlay


Workshop: Explore the Celtic Music Digital Archives



2:30-3:00: BREAK



Workshop: Sherry Johnson & April Verch


4:00-4:30: BREAK



Workshop: Jane McMorran


Workshop: Arne Anderdal



Celtic Colours Concert, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River

Collectively Celtic

The closest concert to our conference location tonight is a short cab ride away (about $15). Harald Haugaard is no stranger to our Celtic Colours audiences. He is one of the first to introduce Danish fiddling to Cape Breton, and with his wife Helene Blum have been sharing their fiddle and song traditions with us for many years now. With Mikkel Grue on guitar and Sune Rahbek on percussion, expect a tight set of tunes and beautifully sung songs. A mighty piper and prolific composer, Fred Morrison brings the Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s South Uist to this mix, along with his mastery of whistles, Scottish smallpipes or reelpipes, and Irish uilleann pipes. Mec Lir are here for their first visit from Isle of Man, a region with Gaelic roots. You’re sure to hear how closely related their language and tunes are. And Dave Gunning, Celtic Colours Song House veteran from 2008, will add his formidable songwriting, guitar playing and singing to the evening. Collectively, they’re pretty Celtic.


Tickets: $25/30, reserved seating (NAFCo discount applies if purchased in advance by phoning 902-567-3000 or toll free 888-355-7744)




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Website: www.celtic-colours.com/nafco2015/

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Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2 Canada
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