Wednesday, October 14th, 2015





MTCC Room “C”: Safeguarding Traditions of Scottish Fiddle Performance

Chair: Ian Russell

  • Safeguarding “Authenticity” in Fiddle Traditions
    Carley Williams, University of Aberdeen
  • Traditional Music Education Today: Teaching Fiddle in North-East Scotland
    Natalie Brown, University of Aberdeen
  • National and Regional Traditions of Scottish Fiddle Performance
    Ronnie Gibson, University of Aberdeen
  • The Cree Fiddlers of James Bay: A Case for the Non-Safeguarded Scottish-Derived Fiddle Performance Tradition?
    Frances Wilkins, University of Aberdeen


MTCC Room “D”: Narrative, Text & Language

Chair: Paul Wells

  • The “Orange Blossom Special” and Chubby Wise’s Shift into Bluegrass Fiddling
    Gregory Hansen, Arkansas State University
  • Examining Musical Legacies: An Innovative Approach and Case Study
    Jane MacMorran, East Tennessee State University
  • Getting Back on Track: A Re-evaluation of Spatial Metaphors as Apparent in the Fiddle Tradition of Co. Donegal
    Aidan O’Donnell, University of Ulster
  • “Cha mhòr nach saoilea’ tu gu robh thu ga ithe! […] Bha e dìreach mar a thuirt mi—am blas” (“It was as if you’d think you were eating it! […] It was just as I said—the flavour”): Music, Metaphor and Gaelic Taste
    Tiber Falzett



Break (provided)




MTCC Room “C”: Show Me the Money! Tourism & Commercialism

Chair: Ronald Pen

  • Negotiating Space and Place: The Cape Breton Fiddling Tradition and the Tourism Industry
    Ian Hayes
  • Versatility, Portability, Grit, and Grace: The Economic and Cultural Power of the Fiddle in Commercial Instrumental Performance
    Leah O’Brien Bernini, University of Limerick


MTCC Room “D”: Dance Music

Chair: Sherry Johnson

  • The Adaptation of Cape Breton Step Dancing in Scotland? Observations on which Aspects of the Cape Breton Step Dancing Repertoire have been Adopted, Modified and Intermixed with Other Dance Forms in Scotland Since 1992
    Mats Melin, University of Limerick
  • Scottish Dancing Masters: Putting a Kilt on It
    Pat Ballantyne, University of Aberdeen



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


1:30-2:00: Travel to Cape Breton University

A bus will leave from the MTCC promptly at 1:30



CBU Boardmore Theatre

Keynote Address 1: Ashley MacIsaac

“Cape Breton Fiddle Traditions: Learned or Heaven Sent?”


3:00-3:30: Break (on your own)



CBU Room CE314: Workshop: Alfonso Franco Vázquez

“An Introduction to Galician Traditional Music”


CBU Room CE261: Workshop: Pat Ballantyne

“Francis Peacock’s Highland Strathspey and Reel Steps”


CBU Beaton Institute: Workshop: Janine Randall

“The Boston States: A Presentation of Familial Cape Breton Musical History”


3:00-3:30: Break (on your own)



CBU Multi-Purpose Rooms: Cape Breton University Book Launch

Three books will be launched by CBU Press today:


  • Doherty, Liz: The Cape Breton Fiddle Companion
  • Melin, Mats: One with the Music: Cape Breton Step Dancing Tradition and Transmission
  • Newton, Michael: Seanchaidh na Coille / The Memory-Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada


Light refreshments and cash bar available



CBU Multi-Purpose Rooms: CBU Jam Session

This popular annual jam session will start as soon as the book launch is over, featuring CBU’s traditional music students. Join in or just enjoy the music!



CBU Room CE265: Welcome Reception (delegates only)

Refreshments and cash bar available



Celtic Colours Concert: Boardmore Theatre (CBU)

“North Atlantic Fiddles”

Celtic Colours is excited to be co-presenting the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in partnership with Cape Breton University! We’ve brought together a great representation of fiddlers and fiddle styles for the occasion. One thing we’ve learned at Celtic Colours is that there’s a commonality among the folk and fiddle traditions from unexpected places. In 2013 we explored the connections between Denmark and Cape Breton with Harald Haugaard and Kimberley Fraser. Norwegian hardanger fiddle player Annbjørg Lien pushes her music beyond the traditional boundaries and is celebrated for her collaborations with players from other traditions, like Cleek Schrey, a fiddler and composer from Virginia. And since this is Cape Breton, we’ve made sure there are some dancers in the mix. Nic Gareiss and April Verch reunite on our festival stage where they met, and both Kimberley and Joel Chiasson are celebrated dancers. Welcome NAFCo friends, and enjoy!


Tickets: $25/30/40, reserved seating (NAFCo discount applies if purchased in advance by phone)


10:15-10:45 Buses return to Hampton Inn and downtown Sydney




North Atlantic Fiddle Convention
c/o The Centre for Cape Breton Studies
PO Box 5300
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2 Canada
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