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Precenting of the Gaelic Psalms

Saturday October 12th , 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

South Haven Community Hall – 4411 Trans Canada highway, South Haven
Hosted by: Gaidhlig Agam
Price: $20 lunch provided



As a part of the current work in the renewal of the Gaelic language and its culture in Nova Scotia, the traditional precenting of the Gaelic Psalms, brought with the immigrant Gaels from the Islands and Highlands of Scotland and so long an integral part of Cape Breton Presbyterian Gaelic worship, is being revived and taught. The metrical versions of the Psalms of David in Gaelic are sung to tunes which the Precentor lines out and the congregation picks up line by line. The musical effect can be quite extraordinary as the multiple voices swell with added intermediary notes between notes of the actual tunes.

Gàidhlig Agam is hosting a class in Precenting on Saturday, Oct.11th, 2013 at the community hall in South Haven. It will start in the morning with a session from 10:00- 12:30 followed by a second session from 1:30-3:30. Lunch will be provided. The workshop will give (a) a short historical overview, (b) teach 2 of the simpler tunes with embellishments and (c) for any of those interested in beginning to learn the technique of 'precenting' or 'lining out', they would have the opportunity to make a start.

Also a church service will take place the next day, at Ephraim Scott Memorial Presbyterian Church in South Haven and workshop participants are welcome to join the Gaelic Choir for the service.

The instructor for this class will be Catriona NicÌomhair Parsons, a native of the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and long-time Gaelic educator in Nova Scotia—at Colaisde na Gàidhlig, St. Ann’s, in the Celtic Department, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, and at workshops throughout North America. A Gaelic singer, she has recently released a CD “Eileanan mo Ghaoil” (‘Isles of my Love’) which features songs from both her native island and Cape Breton Island. Catriona currently works for the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs.

For more information on this event please contact:
Gaidhlig Agam

(902) 295-1658

See also: Baddeck and area, Gaelic, Learning Opportunities, October 12, St. Ann's and area

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