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Among the Gaels in Nova Scotia

Item is an audio recording of a BBC Glasgow program with John MacPherson exploring Gaelic culture and language throughout Cape Breton Island.

Among the Gaels in Nova Scotia: MacMillan, Hector S e Ceap Breatuinn Tir Mo Ghraidh

MacPherson, John (BBC) Glasgow (Scotland) Gaelic in Nova Scotia

MacEachern, Mrs. Creignish (N.S.) Song in praise of the Island of Cape Breton

MacPherson, John Glasgow (Scotland) Account of Gaelic place names in Cape Breton

Kennedy, Florence Dunvegan Interviewed with John MacPherson

MacDonald, Dan R. Mabou (N.S.) Bonnie Lass of Head Lake

MacPherson, John Glasgow (Scotland) Milling Frolic

MacDonald, J.L. Et al Boisdale (N.S.) Hug ho ran o robha ho, nighean donn Bhoidheach

MacPherson, John Glasgow (Scotland) Gaelic Revival in Cape Breton

Beaton, Sister Margaret Sydney (N.S.) Address to her friends in the Highlands and Islands

MacPherson, John Glasgow (Scotland) We're the children (you brought from Scotland) sorry to leave? Mr. MacPherson replied that there wasn't one dry eye when he took the children back to Scotland

    Mi'kmaw song and dance

MacEachern, Bessie Creignish (N.S.) Gaelic song

MacMillan, Hector Song in praise of the Island of Cape Breton

MacPherson, John Glasgow (Scotland) Closing message to people of Cape Breton

MacPherson, John Alick

Daolagan Cholarado

  • T-3027 Track 2
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  • ca. 1950

The singer is Donald John MacDermaid, a collector of Gaelic songs in Cape Breton (particularly around the southeast areas of the Island). He lived in the United States for the majority of his life. He is remembered as one of the finest Cape Breton Gaelic singers.

The lyric uses the chorus of a popular old Gaelic song.

MacDermaid, Donald John

Entrevue avec André Aucoin et Joseph Aucoin

Entrevue avec André AuCoin et Joseph AuCoin au sujet de leur vie, qualités d'un bon danseur, les meilleurs violoneux pour danser ici, types de danse, les sets, aimer danser, house party, calleur Wilfred Boudreau, origine des sets, chandeleur, noces, vêtements, les figures.

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Entrevue avec Sam Cormier

Entrevue avec Sam Cormier au sujet de sa vie, l'interdiction de la danse, les occasion de danse, les veillées, l'été, les touristes et la danse, maisons connues pour les soirées de danse, les noces, comment faire la bière, les noces, l'accordéon, les pique-niques, valse, fox-trot, rapport danseur et musicien, qualités d'un beau danseur, style Irlande dans le compté, qualités des fiddlers, le style du Cap-Breton.

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Entrevues and Luce Antoinette Bourgeois et Loretta Chiasson

Entrevue avec Luce Antoinette Bourgeois au sujet de sa vie, figures des sets, la boulangère, les moutons, l'escaouette, l'avoine, les picnics, origines des danses, les huit, la musique, turlutage, la boiteuse ermite, chanson à faire danser, vêtements, les prêtres et la danse. Interview with Loretta Chiasson about her life, teaching dance lessons, the Hully Gully, how she began to teach, villages where they have taught, shyness, teaching the waltz.

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Interview and filming with Willie Fraser

Interview and filming with Willie Fraser about his life, Gaelic songs and prayers, mouth music and Maureen dancing, history of his family, step-dancing, steps belonging to people, Willie's steps, number of steps in their repertoire, fiddle music in areas where Cape Bretoners live and travail, danced in Antigonish in 1948, figures in a set, number of couples in a set, double set. July 31, 1986.

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Interview with Alex Graham

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Alex Graham about his life, origins of dance in Inverness County, context and content of dance, house parties, picnics, qualities of a good step-dancer, body position for step-dancing, dance prohibition, song-dances, number of figures in a set past and present, prompting, music for dancing, Danny sings, emigration, dance seasons, ghost story.

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Interview with Angela and Joey Beaton

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Angela and Joey Beaton about their life, qualities of a step-dancer, positions of the body, stage presentation, memory, teaching square dancing, dry square dances, dance prohibition, violin style, music belonging to families, Cape Breton Repertoire. June 30, 1986.

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Interview with Archie Neil Chisholm

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Archie Neil Chisholm about his life, fiddle experience and dancing, dancing in Margaree, the six figures, modern square dance, Scotch four, difference between Scottish and Acadian tune, differences among Scottish, French, Acadian dancing, qualities of a good dancer, names of other dancing masters, dancing outside. Interview continues on tape LEB/SAY-Ac-8.

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Interview with Archie Neil Chisholm [Part 2]

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Archie Neil Chisholm - continuation from tape LEB/SAY-Ac-7 - about origins of square dancing, sources for the calls, dance prohibition, why were Church authorities against dances situations, the bagpipes, wedding, introduction of organ and piano and guitar, tunes, music and dance in families, local composers, song-dances, round dances or play-party songs.

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Interview with Beverly Jeddore

Interview with Beverly Jeddore about her life, teaching dance, welcoming dance, celebration dance and clothing, beadwork, the game dance, the feather dance, the snake dance, the blanket dance, the wedding dance, the welcoming dance song, the celebration dance song, learning dances, the waltes game, with the community, learning the songs and dances, dances on the footwear, prayer and song, kind of footwear for dancing, older woman in Eskasoni who knows a lot.

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Interview with Buddy MacMaster

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Buddy MacMaster about his life, teaching the fiddle, occasion for playing, type of dancing, relationship between dancers and fiddler, loss of caller, loss of four couples to a set, figures and the music, the difference between a hornpipe and a reel, which tunes he chooses, parts of tunes Irish influence, square dancing, step-dancing, qualities of a good dancer, qualities of a good fiddler, music running in families, his family, ownership of Music Repertoire, Scotch Four, Gaelic song-dances.

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Interview with Danny Wright and Jackie Ryan from Mabou Ridge

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Danny Wright and Jackie Ryan from Mabou Ridge about their life, church picnics, stages, differences between old-fashioned and the new sets, dances in halls, origin of the square dances, Scotch Four, dances in the country schoolhouses, dance prohibition, song-dances, jigging tunes, introduction of pianos. Second part of the interview with anonymous woman born in 1917 about dances in the past, occasions for dance, frolics, number of sets in a night, occasions for dance, weddings, Scotch Four, Gaelic sound-dances, jigging tunes, dance prohibition, step-dancing, seasons for dance, house parties, making a living, origins of the people, clothing.

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Interview with Doug MacPhee

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Doug MacPhee about his life, music, dance, step-dancing, context for dance, fishing and farming, qualities of a good accompanist, etc., June 25, 1986.

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Interview with Father Eugene Morris

Interview with Father Eugene Morris about his life, Glencoe Mills, Public Halls, house parties, step-dancing during sets, number of figures in a set, exclusivity in the dance evenings, role of school in teaching traditional dance, transmission of traditional dance, dance teachers, teaching dancing, influences of other dancers on him, lessons, his method of teaching, repertoire, quality of good step-dancer, dancing and music running in families, qualities of a fiddler who plays for dancing, description of Cape North Set, description of the Sydney Set, Mabou dancers in other areas, Broad Cove Concert, difference between concerts and picnics, priest's role in maintaining dance and music heritage, difference between French and Scottish priest in regards to dance.

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Interview with Father Eugene Morris (2nd part) and interview with Margaret Gillis

Interview with Father Eugene Morris - continuation from tape LEB/SAY-Ac-30 - about dance competitions, French and Scottish style of dance, fiddlers, Irish, Scottish and French style of playing, influences on dancing, Cape North Figures, church picnic, wedding. Interview with Margaret Gillis about her life, first danced in public, her father as dancer, house party, public dances, figures, description of Scotch Four, school-house dances, Gaelic songs and dances, the flowers of Edinburg, Shwin Truss, relatives who dance, lessons where they immigrated, interest for dance today, qualities of a good step-dancer, qualities of a good fiddler, teaching dance, dancing running in families, accordion, piano, pictures of dance events. July 29, 1986.

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Interview with James Cormier

Item is a sound recording of an interview with James Cormier about his life, learning to step-dance, house parties, food at house parties, dancing lessons, qualities of a good step-dancer, other step-dancing lessons, teaching step-dancing, difference in style, occasions for dancing, callers, differences in sets, music for square dancing, dance surface, clothing, drinking, competition at concerts, concerts, church picnics, les vieilles danses, step-dance repertoire, young people and traditional dances, tunes for stepping, weddings, interaction between the communities his girlfriend dances.

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Interview with Jerry Holland

Interview with Jerry Holland about his life, fiddle experiences, learning new tunes, styles, Irish style, the Cape Breton style, ornamentation, Scottish style, Buddy MacMaster, qualities of a good fiddler, step-dancing, places where he stepped and danced, playing for dances, influences in his musical life, dances in Boston, qualities of a good step-dancer, where he plays, playing at Glencoe, changes in the Cheticamp area. July 21, 1986.

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Interview with Joe "Tack" MacDougal and Greg Smith

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Joe "Tack" MacDougal - continuation from tape LEB/SAY-Ac-14 - about his life, prompting experiences, fitting the calls to the music, box socials, hay frolics, the term "kitchen racket", barn raising frolic, weddings, wedding reel, floor surface for dancing. Interview with Greg Smith and his wife Sally about their life, dancing in the area, nights for square dancing, Scotch Four, milling frolic, house parties, pipes for dancing, jigging tunes, sets in an evening, square sets, Antigonish area, different set after Margaree, difference in fiddling styles, church picnics.

Interview with Joe "Tack" MacDougal and Greg Smith

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Peter MacKay (1986-07-13) about his life, occasions for dancing, calls for the Saratoga Lancers, books, prompting at house parties, changes in the sets, church parties, box socials, slipper dance, the swing, Scotch Four, wedding reel and more figures, lancers. Interview with Joe "Tack" MacDougal (1986-07-14) about his life, prompting experience, Glencoe Mills, step dancing in the past, round-dancing, dances five nights of the week 1954-1959, after the war, jigging tunes.

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Interview with John Morris Rankin

Item is a sound recording of an interview with John Morris Rankin about his life, beginning to play the fiddle and piano, types of tunes on fiddle for dancing, relationship between fiddler and dancers, number of rounds per tune per figure, qualities of a good fiddler.

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Interview with Lee Cremo - 1st part

Interview with Lee Cremo - 1st part - about his life, father and the fiddle, learning, Easter Open (speaks about that contest), his first record, Tennessee Championship, his bowing and style of playing, playing for dances, differences in styles of dancing, step-dancing and tap-dancing, his music band, Mi'kmaw music on fiddle and God and music, verbal music, First Nation Meeting in Saskatchewan, dance at Christmas Island, fiddle music considered evil, fiddlers in Mi'kmaw community, occasions for dancing, performance dances, wedding dance, chief of dancing, wedding dance.

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Interview with Lee Cremo - 2nd part

Interview with Lee Cremo - 2nd part (continuation from tape LEB/SAY-Ac-39) - talk about wedding dance, speaks about developing music in children, chanting or singing during wedding dance, special wedding song, birthdays, praying, singing for dancing, he sings the song for the dance, celebration dance, Nescaouette dance, learning to dance, dances in home, respect for elders, his wife explains about dancing and dance at Chapel Island, dance died out on Chapel Island, Mi'kmaq life, learning dancing, understanding Mi'kmaw dance movement, step for dances, respect in dancing.

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Interview with Lee Cremo - 3rd part

Interview with Lee Cremo - 3rd part (continuation of LEB/SAY-Ac-40) - talk about Nescaouette, children learning dances, Chief of dance and differences in arm positions for dancing, fish type person, stiffer upper body, different styles of fiddling for dancing, other dances, language, dance tradition kept up, occasion for dancing, play for what type of dance, Mi’kmaw tunes on fiddle, eagle dance, feather dance, traditional dance, singing to this dance, lullaby, traditional instrument for Mi’kmaw dancing, rattle, melodies on the fiddle, step-dancing, wedding dance, harvest dance, three kinds of dancing, Mi’kmaw greetings with demonstrations, shoes, clothing.

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Interview with Malcolm MacDonald

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Malcolm MacDonald about his life, dances when he was growing up, dances at homes and schools, frolics, waltz, music for the Scotch Four, seasons for dancing, collecting of the fiddles, making a living, fishing, weddings in Mabou, church picnics, dancing stages, electricity, stories about dances, changes in dancing, qualities of a good dancer, wedding reel, Gaelic song-dances, dancing on bridges, origin of the dance, mines in Cobalt (Ontario), floor surface for dancing, dress at a house party, food at house parties, transportation, distances traveled to attend a dance, differences in the sets, occasions for dances, Boston.

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Interview with Mary and Donald Roddy Rankin

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Mary and Donald Roddy Rankin about their life, dance evenings, situations for dances, lumber camps, fishing industry, cooperatives, coop stores and banks, the role of the Church, song-dances, priest, Church picnic, etc., Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, July 2, 1986.

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Interview with Maureen MacKenzie and Rodney MacDonald

Interview with Maureen MacKenzie about her life, type of dancing, learning process, figures, numbering of couples, teaching figures, change in set, dancing running in families, church picnics, weddings and the stages for dancing, the wedding reel, jigging tunes, song or game dances, learning of dance in school, qualities of traditional dancing, dance context. Interview with Rodney MacDonald about his life, dancing in public, learning a square set, step-dancing, learning fiddling, occasions for dancing, qualities of a good step-dancer, floor surface for dancing, shoes, clothing for a concert and hall, past dancers.

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Interview with Minnie MacMaster, Natalie MacMaster and Arsène LeBlanc

Interview with Minnie and Natalie MacMaster about their life, step-dancing, number of steps, frequency of dances, number of figures, concerts, picnics, stages at weddings, Scotch Four, Nathalie and the fiddle, playing for dances, winter playing, names of tunes, sheets of dance repertoire which Mary Janet MacDonald compiled, young people's interest in this music and dance, Glencoe Mills. July 15, 1986. Interview with Arsène LeBlanc calls figure he remembers, August 10, 1986, the music is a tape of Buddy MacMaster and Dougie MacPhee from Glencoe Mills, three figures (reels), where he learned them.

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Interview with Ronnie Haché, Denise Olson at Margaree Harbour

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Ronnie Haché about his life, started to step-dance, occasion to dance in Grand-Etang, step-dancing teaching experience, qualities of a good dancer, fiddlers he liked the best, why he likes dancing, occasion to dance, square-dancing, step-dance repertoire, clothes, shoes, lessons in Waltham and the Beg Step, number of figures in Cheticamp, lessons in Cape Breton area, teaches in Pleasant Bay. Interview with Denise Olson at Margaree Harbour about pipe playing and Highland dancing, learning Highland Dancing, learned the pipes, opportunities for dancing, house party, jig tunes, halls, box socials, the sets, fiddling for dancing, people who dance, younger people dancing, how to keep this type of dancing alive among the younger people, dance prohibition.

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Interviews with Alan MacDonald and Robert Gillis

Interview with Aland MacDonald about his life, dancing in the Judique Hall, more couples in the set, describe calls, music for the figures, swing, dance occasions, picnics, step-dancing, stages, weddings, dance prohibition, the Scotch Four, Jigging tunes, song-dances, music in his family, house parties, frolics. Interview with Robert Gillis about his life, house parties, number of figures and descriptions, round-racing and swing positions, waltzing and round-dancing by itself, first, second and third figure, grand chain, origin of square dance, church picnics, pay for prompters, caller on the stage. July 11, 1986.

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Interviews with Angus Central Beaton, Coralee MacDonald, Debra MacDonald and Marlene MacDonald

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Angus Central Beaton about their life, dance evening when he was growing up, jigging tunes, Scotch Four, Church discouraged socializing, qualities of a good step-dancer, fiddlers better for dancing, dress for a dance, changes in dance, song-dances, wedding reel, wedding celebrations, picnic platforms, emigration, influence on t.v. and radio, music dance in school as a child, dancing masters, origin of people in this area, learning process, practising, where do they dance, role of the school, how many steps and figures in repertoire, clothing for dance, dance floor surface, sounds of the feet.

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Interviews with Blaise MacInnis, Fern MacInnis, Mary Jane and Margaret MacDougall

Interview with Blaise and Fern MacInnis about their life, Glencoe Mills square set, number of couples in a set at Glencoe, eight handed reel, dances in schoolhouses, dance prohibition, house parties. July 12, 1986. Interview with Mary Jane MacIsaac and Margaret Mac Dougall about their life, old-time sets, wedding reel, wedding dances, kitchen rackets, box party, house parties on Sundays, song-dances, dance occasions, box party. August 8, 1986.

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Interviews with Donald MacLellan and Mrs. MacInnis

Interview with Donald MacLellan about his life, where he dances when he was young, dances in schoolhouses, going away to work in the States, dance content, Scotch Four, jigging tunes, house parties, lunch, piano, special houses for house parties, church picnics, selling lambs, stages at picnics, Flora Jessie MacDonald MacLellan, song-dances, wedding reel, funny story, dance prohibition, funny story. July 22, 1986. Interview with Mrs. MacInnis about her life, Dick's Call book, Dance Hall in the States, Dances in Cape Breton, picnics, figures in the set, prompters in the set, Scotch Four, schoolhouses, house parties. July 23, 1986.

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Interviews with Duncan A. MacDonald and Hugh MacDonald

Interview with Duncan A. MacDonald about his life, dancing, box parties, church picnics, weddings, jigging tunes, story about a box party. Interview with Hugh MacDonald about his life, plain sets, Saratoga Lancers, Scotch Four, qualities of a dancer, house parties, names of fiddlers, double sets, origin of dances, quarter dances, Hall dances, clothing, going to dances in the country, wedding reel, jigging tunes, song-dances. July 13, 1986.

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Interviews with Greg Smith (continued)

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Greg Smith - continuation from LEB/SAY-Ac-15 - dancer to visit, step-dancing, Irish influence on step-dancing in Cape Breton, aspects of the three predominant cultures (Irish, Scottish, Acadian) in music and dance, Irish Dance Tradition, Square Dances of the Island, freedom in dancing, comparison between Old World and Cape Breton, Calls from Saint Peters, Richmond County, given by Mr. Joe Mac Dougal.

Interviews with Hughie Livingstone and Dan Hughie MacKinnon

Interview with Hughie Livingstone about his life, the figures and their calls, calling cards, prompting experiences, number of couples to a set, dances in Massachusetts, dances in the summer, picnics, the stage, length of picnic. July 23, 1986. Interview with Dan Hughie MacKinnon about his life, dances different from place to place, prompting experience, electricity, recreation, house parties, milling frolics, the scotch four. July 24, 1986.

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Interviews with Margaret Ann Beaton and Joe Rankin

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Margaret Ann Beaton about her life, employment, step-dancing in family, weddings, fiddlers, song-dances, etc., and interview with Joe Rankin about his life, step-dancing, number of steps in repertoire, qualities of a step-dancer, Glencoe Mills, structure of set at Glencoe, number of figures, fiddler following the set, parties, weddings, seasons for dance, etc., July 1, 1986.

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Interviews with Mary Janet, Tammy MacDonald, Alexander MacDonald and Gerry MacNeil

Interview with Mary Janet and Tammy MacDonald and Music from filming. They talk about their life, influences, teaching in Scotland, different styles, ethnic styles, body posture, and qualities of a good Cape Breton dancer, solo dancing at Glencoe, step-dance experience, dance occasions and school. Interview with Alexander MacDonald (fiddle) and Gerry MacNeil (guitar) play for the filming of Tammy step-dancing. They talk about Gordie MacDonald step-dancing, Mary Janet MacDonald step-dancing, Mary Janet's teaching of the steps without music.

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Interviews with Owen Dan Gillis and Donald Hughie MacDougall

Item is a sound recording of an interview with Owen Dan Gillis about his life, qualities of a good step-dancer, publicity for dances, travel to dances, the calls, dance prohibition, etc. Interview with Donald Hughie MacDougall about his life, dancing with pipes, house parties, weddings, Canadian Legion dances, Jigging tunes, Gaelic song-dances or games.

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Mederic Teaching Square Set

Mederic Teaching Square Set - Place de naissance, introduction au film, les figures un à quatre, noms des danseurs, number of figures in a set and the swing.

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