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Cape Breton Gaelic StorytellerTales Until Dawn: The World of a Cape Breton Gaelic Story-teller Joe Neil MacNeil held in his memory a wealth of Gaelic folktales, learned in his youth during the early years of the twentieth century at Cape Breton. For a period of over ten years, he told his tales to John Shaw, a specialist in Celtic folklore and fluent Gaelic speaker, who recorded, transcribed, edited and translated them into English. This book presents a large and wide-ranging selection of these translations: folktales, anecdotes, proverbs, expressions, rhymes, superstitions and games. All variations of the genre are represented, including a fragment from the Ulster Cycle, some items from the Fenian cycle, hero and wonder tales, fairy and witch lore, romantic tales, tales of cleverness, 'numbskull' stories, animal tales and tall tales. Joe Neil MacNeil also describes his early years in a Gaelic-speaking rural community where story-telling was a basic element of community life. He explains how he learned the tales and the customs and practices associated with their telling. He also introduces the families and individuals who were custodians of the tales. John Shaw's introduction outlines Joe's tradition and its place within the world of the European Gaelic story-teller. Tour Cape Breton Island.

Laments and Merry Melodies from Cape Breton Island
Laments and Merry Melodies from Cape Breton Island

Old and New World Highland BagpipingOld and New World Highland Bagpiping (McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History) Old and New World Highland Bagpiping provides a comprehensive biographical and genealogical account of pipers and piping in highland Scotland and Gaelic Cape Breton. The work is the result of over thirty years of oral fieldwork among the last Gaels in Cape Breton, for whom piping fitted unself-consciously into community life, as well as an exhaustive synthesis of Scottish archival and secondary sources. Reflecting the invaluable memories of now-deceased new world Gaelic lore-bearers, John Gibson shows that traditional community piping in both the old and new world Gaihealtachlan was, and for a long time remained, the same, exposing the distortions introduced by the tendency to interpret the written record from the perspective of modern, post-eighteenth-century bagpiping. Following up the argument in his previous book, Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945, Gibson traces the shift from tradition to modernism in the old world through detailed genealogies, focusing on how the social function of the Scottish piper changed and step-dance piping progressively disappeared. Old and New World Highland Bagpiping will stir controversy and debate in the piping world while providing reminders of the value of oral history and the importance of describing cultural phenomena with great care and detail..

Cape BretonianaCape Bretoniana: An Annotated Bibliography Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island is a beautiful region with a unique community whose history and ethnic composition have resulted in the evolution of a powerful sense of identity and place. While outsiders may think only of the island's perennial economic woes and long economic dependence on coal mining and steel production, it is also the home of a rich, vibrant, and distinct culture. Brian Douglas Tennyson's Cape Bretoniana is the first bibliography to gather together all known publications relating to the history, culture, economy, and politics of Cape Breton Island. With more than 6000 entries, it not only provides a comprehensive listing of publications and post-graduate theses, but also detailed annotations on the listings. Each entry lists the author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, volume and issue number in the case of periodicals, and page references, followed by a brief description of the item. Cape Breton has never been so thoroughly documented. This bibliography will help to ensure that - even in a world becoming increasingly homogenized by the forces of globalization - unique cultural identities like Cape Breton's can be preserved and nurtured.

The Heart of Cape BretonThe Heart of Cape Breton In the 19th century, immigrants from Scotland settled on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, which, because of its geographical isolation, allowed the musical traditions of those first settlers to be passed on to future generations essentially free of outside influences. In the 1970s people began to realise that tunes, instrumental techniques and dance steps that were extinct in Scotland were alive and thriving in Cape Breton. The Heart of Cape Breton, which was recorded in 2000, gathers together some of the finest traditional fiddlers on Cape Breton, including Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert, Jackie Dunn MacIssac, Buddy MacMaster, Wendy MacIssac and Kinnon Beaton. All of the tracks were recorded live at dances and in concerts, and although you can occasionally hear the shuffle of dancing feet in the background, the sound only acts as a reminder that the masterful fiddling on the jigs, reels, strathspeys and flings is designed to get you out of your chair and on to the dance floor..

Guardian Of The GulfGuardian of the Gulf: Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars One of the great untold Canadian military stories revolves around the eastern seaport of Sydney, Nova Scotia. This book offers a vivid and long-overdue account of Sydney harbour's role, and the importance of its coal deposits, in North Atlantic strategy and military operations from the Anglo-French wars in the 19th century to the end of the Cold War in the 1990s. More than two centuries of activity in and around Sydney harbour came to a head during the world wars, when Sydney became a major convoy port in the merchant-ship lifeline that sustained Britain with supplies from North America. A bastion for the air and naval forces that pursued German submarines in the waters off the coast of Canada, Sydney was also a major industrial trial centre that produced enormous quantities of critically important coal and steel. Exploring the role of army, navy, airforce and merchant marine, Tennyson and Sarty offer richly detailed information on garrisons, fortifications, base development and maritime warfare. Set against the context of national and alliance policy-making in London, Ottawa and Washington, the story moves deftly between the larger and smaller pictures, making this a work of both colourful immediacy and broad interpretation.

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