Posted by: tourismvc | June 11, 2010

Watch, Listen, Learn – Celtic Heart of North America

Joanne MacIntyre and Jim Watson, both from NS Highland Village, Iona, Victoria County, telling a Gaelic Story at the Launch

Celtic Heart of North America officially launched its website   at  the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique with a ceilidh. The ceilidh showcased  some of the many unique experiences the Celtic Heart of North America co-op provides on Cape Breton Island. There was a square set,  a gaelic story, fiddle demonstrations, milling songs, a group performing with well known  fiddler Dawn Beaton, and much more. It ended of course with a lunch – a tradition.

The Celtic Heart website provides visitors with an opportunity to watch videos on our culture & experiences,  to listen to traditional piping and to learn to speak gaelic words. The website includes a calendar of events, experiences, packages, a trip planner and an e-newsletter. You can stay connected with Celtic Heart with facebook, twitter or our blog.   

Members of the Iona Gaelic Singers preformed three milling songs  that they would normally do at a milling frolic. What is a milling frolic – a cultural event in which gaelic singers sit around a table and beat a large loop of woolen cloth in rhythm with the song. The wool was softened after singing a number songs.  The milling frolic was and still is a great social event for the communities and you are always treated to a great lunch and a cup of tea afterwards…

Below is a short video of one of the songs Iona Gaelic Singers sang at the launch of Celtic Heart of North America.

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