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Suas E! New podcast celebrates our living Celtic culture

We are very excited to announce the release of our new video podcast Suas E! Celebrating Cape Breton Island’s living Celtic Culture. Hosted by Celtic Colours’ Artistic Director Dawn Beaton, each episode will be about 30 minutes long and will feature interviews with, and performances by, local artists and friends of the festival. We’ll conclude each episode with a pre-produced piece including live performances from our 2013 Festival and vignettes from recent interviews with some of our most distinguished culture bearers.

New episodes will be released every second Thursday. Many thanks are due to our project partners at Cape Breton University’s Centre for Cape Breton Studies , Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities Culture and Heritage and Destination Cape Breton.

Episode #1 featuring Chrissy Crowley.

Episode #2 featuring Howie MacDonald

This week celebrated fiddler, pianist and comedian Howie MacDonald will entertain us all with a couple of fiddle tunes, featuring piano accompaniment by his long-lost identical twin! He’ll chat with Dawn about his busy 2014, and reminisce about growing up in the Cape Breton trad scene, the role KFC played in ceilidh preparation, and his brief career as a rock and roller. We’ll conclude the episode with a stirring performance by the Barra MacNeils recorded during the 2013 Festival.

Episode #3 featuring Colin Grant

This week we welcome the very busy musician and composer, Colin Grant. Colin is a driving force behind local groups Sprag Session and Coig and is also an in-demand solo player. Colin will chat with Dawn about his busy 2014, and tell us how a big city boy became one of the most promising young players in the Cape Breton traditional music scene. We’ll conclude the episode with a vignette of Gaelic culture bearer Rod C. MacNeil.

Episode #4 featuring Kyle MacNeil

Kyle is a founding member of the Barra MacNeils and a much sought after fiddle instructor. Kyle spoke to Dawn about the Barra’s recent ECMA win, growing up in a musical family, and the strengths of the new CBU music major program. We’ll conclude the episode with a performance from Celtic Colours 2013 featuring the Cape Breton Chorale, Nathan Rogers and Rosie MacKenzie.

Episode #5 featuring Goiridh Dòmhnullach

This episode features an interview and performance by Cape Breton Gaelic composer, singer and educator, Goiridh Dòmhnullach.

Episode #6 featuring Kenneth MacKenzie

This week we welcome piper and fiddler Kenneth MacKenzie. Kenneth was born and raised in Mabou, Cape Breton. He grew up in a Gaelic-speaking household and the Gaelic culture has been an integral part of his life from the early years. Kenneth has recorded on several albums and in 2010, was the recipient of the Celtic Colours Driv’ers Award and released the album Pìob is Fidheall (Pipes and Fiddle) with older brother Angus, a well-known musician in Scotland. Kenneth’s music has taken him through Atlantic Canada, the US, Ireland, Scotland, the UK, and Central America.

We’ll conclude this episode with a special performance from the show “Our Gaelic Kids” filmed during Celtic Colours 2012 in Christmas Island.

Episode #7 featuring Kimberley Fraser

This week one of Cape Breton’s most accomplished young fiddlers, pianists and step dancers, Kimberley Fraser, joins us to discuss her current performing and teaching endeavors, her formative years as a traditional artist, and the impact of musical institutions Berklee College of Music and Up Home Tonight on her career.

We’ll conclude the episode with a charming vignette featuring Willie Francis Fraser who tells us about the step dancing teacher who would visit him in his childhood dreams.

Episode #8 featuring Cyril MacPhee

We’re thrilled to host one of Celtic Colours 2012’s Artists in Residence, guitarist and songwriter Cyril MacPhee. Cyril shares stories, songs, and his unique brand of comedy in the eighth episode of our podcast series.

We’ll conclude the episode with a vignette featuring Father Francis Cameron and Janet Cameron discussing what culture means to them.

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