Item T-1138 - Ceilidh in Oban, Scotland

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Ceilidh in Oban, Scotland

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  • September 1975 (Creation)
    MacDonald, Mary Catherine "Kay"
    Oban (Scotland)

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1 audio reel

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Mary Catherin was born an raised in a Gaelic-speaking home in Margaree. She was the daughter of Hugh MacFarlane and Mary Ellen (Molly) Moran. She moved to Boston as a teen, and later served as a WAAC in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, she married Albert Basler with whom she had 7 children; they grew up surrounded by Cape Breton music, with mom playing the piano and her brother, Alec D MacFarlane, playing the fiddle. In Boston, Kay was actively involved in the Gaelic Club, and performed Gaelic songs with them at folk music festivals in Newport, RI and Washington DC. After Albert’s death, she worked as a secretary at Blood Research Institute in Boston.
Kay later married Mick MacDonald of New Waterford, N.S., returning to Cape Breton. She worked at the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University, recording native Gaelic speakers from Canada, the US and Scotland, and translating Gaelic publications. She hosted the CBC Cape Breton radio program “Island Echoes”, served as president of both the New Waterford Gaelic Society and the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton. She was a longtime member of the Cape Breton Gaelic Choir. After her retirement, Kay continued her involvement with Gaelic, teaching evening Gaelic classes for over 25 years and singing with and coaching the Gaelic choir. She served as a consultant on Gaelic to several Cape Breton musicians and frequently fielded calls from Canada and the US for help with a needed Gaelic phrase or translation. In 2009, Kay was awarded an honorary doctorate by Cape Breton University for her contributions to promoting, preserving and teaching the Gaelic language.
Kay was a long time member of St. Leonard Parish New Waterford. Her strong faith provided the bedrock upon which she lived her life. She was a dedicated member of the Mount Carmel Parish CWL, and also sang in the choir.
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Gillis, Miss Oban Ceilidh in Oban, Scotland, hosted by members of Oban Comunn Gaidhealach for C.B. Gaelic Society members, 1975: Grabh geal mo chridh'..."
Gillis, Miss Oban Puirt-a-Beul
MacDougall, Mike Ingonish Violin selections
MacIntyre, Hugh Oban "...Bi mo ghraidhe far an suidh' thu"
MacIntyre, Hugh Oban "A Mairi dhonn, 's toigh leam thu..."
Gillis, Mary North Sydney (N.S.) Piano selections
MacDougall, Mike Ingonish Violin selections
Beaton, Deanie (Munro) Antigonish (N.S.) Bagpipe selections
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "An t-eilean dh'an tug mi baigh..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Teann a nall 's thoir dhomh do lamh"
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Gleannan mo ghaol taobh Loch Liobhann..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Haste away, haste away to Argyll and the heather..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Ho bhan ho, hi ho ro..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Sealladh mise null gu duthaich caomh mo run..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Eilean mo leanabais is m'oige..."
Oban Gaelic Choir members - (names of soloists not available) Oban "Theid mi null gu tir mo run..."
Rankin, Rev. John Angus Glendale (N.S.) "Brief speech"
MacIntyre, Hugh Oban "Cha till iad gu siorruidh"
MacPherson, Most Rev. Colin Oban Brief speech

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