The Glendale Ceilidh Days festival is being held July 11 to 13 this year, at its traditional concert grounds in Glendale, Cape Breton, on the original grounds of the first Fiddlers’ Festival. The Glendale community thrives on the living culture of the ancient traditions of music, story and dance, and is delighted to host these festivities for 53 years, and in recent years, under the sponsorship of the Glendale Area Community Cooperative.
This year’s concert pays tribute to the life and music of Dougie MacDonald. MacDonald, who grew up in Queensville, was an extraordinary musician and composer who left us far too early. He was a devoted father and husband, an earnest worker in the mines of the Northwest Territories, and a passionate musician and composer. He was a great supporter of the community and eagerly volunteered time for the young in fiddle workshops throughout the County and was truly a “fiddler’s fiddler.”
On Friday, July 11, the Fr. John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre will host an open house from 1-4pm, followed by a slide show by Wally Ellison at 6pm. In the evening, a family square dance at the Glendale Parish Hall starts at 8pm, featuring Wendy MacIsaac.
On Saturday, July 12, 10am-3pm, the Centre will host the Féis a’Bhràigh, a Gaelic learning experience on history, song, and milling, mainly geared for children. For the adults, a dance will be held in the evening at the Parish Hall, featuring Rodney MacDonald. Admission is $8 and ID’s are required.
On Sunday, July 13, there is a potluck meal in the Parish Hall at 11:30am followed by the highlight of the weekend, the 53rd Annual Traditional Scottish Concert, featuring great local musicians and many Island favourites. This year’s concert is a continuation of the Gaelic and Scottish culture rich in Cape Breton Island today. Admission at the gate is $12 with children under 12 years of age admitted free.
There will be ample parking, concessions, washrooms, and seating available. If folks prefer to bring their own chairs or blanket over bench seating, it is acceptable. As a rain venue, the concert will be held in St. Mary of the Angels Church.
Book your summer vacation to Cape Breton early, and join us as always on the second Sunday in July for a traditional concert not to be missed!
For information on accommodations, tickets and more, visit glendaleconcert.ca.