Tuesday, October 13th, 2015


Registration, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre






MTCC Room “C”: Manuscripts

Chair: Richard MacKinnon

  • Where did you get that tune? The Origins and Evolution of English Fiddle Music in the James Madison Carpenter Collection
    Elaine Bradtke, University of Aberdeen
  • The Manuscripts of Fiddler James Barry, Pictou, Nova Scotia
    Kate Dunlay, Cape Breton University
  • The Salem Hornpipe: The Fiddle Tune, the Irish Bandmaster, and the Winter Island Muster
    James Dalton, The Boston Conservatory


MTCC Room “D”: Composition & Creativity

Chair: Tiber Falzett

  • Fiddling and Beyond: Developing A New Shetland Tradition
    Claire White, University of Aberdeen
  • Air lorg air a’ bhlas: Trans-linguistic Anatomic Trans-location in Puirt a Beul and Percussive Dance
    Mary Ann Kennedy & Nic Gareiss


Break (provided)



MTCC Room “C”: Fiddle Camps

Chair: Frances Wilkins

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

Jane Clendinning, Florida State University

  • The Galician Fiddle Scene: The Fruit of a North American Crossing Over
    Alfonso Franco Vázquez, Traditional and Folk Conservatoire of Vigo


MTCC Room “D”: Outside the North Atlantic

Chair: Tes Slominski

  • Irish Music in Japan: From Nostalgia and Tradition to a New Cosmopolitanism
    Toshio Oki, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Scotland to Australia: Intercontinental Musical Transactions
    Emma Nixon, Griffith University
  • What Instruments Want: Fiddling in the Black Atlantic
    Hallie Blejewski, Wesleyan University


12:30-1:30: LUNCH (on your own)



MTCC Room “C”: Workshop: Kate Dunlay

“Same tune, Different Rhythm: Tune-type Conversions in Scottish Music”


MTCC Room “D”: Workshop: Fanø Fiddlers (Tove de Fries, Malene Daniels Beck, Jens Mouritzen, Ole Mouritzen)

“Fanø Music, Dance and Transatlantic Connections”


2:30-3:00: BREAK (on your own)



MTCC Room “C”: Workshop: Sherry Johnson & April Verch

“Ontario Old-Time Step Dancing vs. Ottawa Valley Step Dancing”


MTCC Room “D”: Workshop: Beaton Institute

“Exploring the Celtic Music Digital Archives”


4:00-4:30: BREAK (on your own)



MTCC Room “C”: Workshop: Jane McMorran

“Navigating the Strathspey: Scottish Bowings for Drive and Lift”


MTCC Room “D”: Workshop: Arne Anderdal

“Norwegian Runddans Tunes: Performing the Waltz, Polka, Mazurka and Reinlender”



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 phone)



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

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1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2 Canada
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