Item T-316 - Conversations in Glendale (N.S)

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Conversations in Glendale (N.S)

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CA BI T-316

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  • 1971 (Creation)
    Rankin, Fr. John Angus
    Glendale (NS)

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Fr. John Angus Rankin has become synonymous with the revival and preservation of the Cape Breton culture and is spoken of with the utmost respect whenever his name is mentioned. He was born in Inverness, Cape Breton to Danny and Sarah (Beaton) Rankin. His life has revolved around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia as he attended St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS) for his Arts degree and was later an employee there as Dean of Men from 1953 – 1959. He later moved to Glendale parish, where he was also in charge of the Waycobah parish. This move began his 35 years spent there and forever shaped one of the most crucial eras in the history of Cape Breton fiddle.

Fr. John Angus was a very educated man, and was known to perform mass in any of the following languages: English, Latin, Gaelic and Mi’kmaq. It was he, who had a fire lit under him when the Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler documentary (1971) was first released, claiming only two fiddlers of the young generation were following the culture of the original pioneers. Fr. John Angus coordinated the creation of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association and was instrumental in creating a core group of members that coordinated the first of many Glendale Festivals, where in 1973, its first concert, over 100 fiddlers played in unison on stage in response to the documentary. His presence was a visual one for the many years to follow that first initial Glendale concert. He was always seen directing the Cape Breton Fiddlers wherever they played, and would MC many concerts with his good friend and supporter, Archie Neil Chisholm, at all the key concerts and festivals Cape Breton had to offer. To commemorate all that Fr. John Angus did for Glendale and the Cape Breton culture, the former glebe house in Glendale was named the Fr. John Angus Cultural Centre and on October 2, 1983, Father Rankin was one of four people to receive his Doctorate of Laws Degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

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MacDonald, Mr. Eugene:

  • They say the women used to carry their own spinning wheels; could you tell us more about the spinning Frolics?
  • Returning to the story of the threshing mills, and didn't you mention the word "winnowing" and feeding the fanners?
  • The milling frolics were wonderful events - did they always sing Gaelic songs?
  • Whom Shall I take on the Irish Ship?
  • Song for rolling the cloth
  • Was the purpose of the milling to thicken the cloth
  • How about a good joke
  • Father Rankin questioned about early soap making by the Cape Breton Island (N.S.) women
  • Funeral customs
  • 9 Gallons of rum
  • Ghost stories in Gaelic

    Father John Angus Rankin:

  • Ghost stories in English
  • Ghost story continued from Side 1
  • Another ghost story
  • A second sight story

    Bessie Maceachern:

  • Am falbh thu leam a ribhinn og
  • Mairi ni 'n Domhnuill
  • Am Fleasgach Donn

    Billy MacPhee: Violin Selections

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      T-316 side 1 [Audio mp3]:

      T-316 Side 2 [Audio mp3]:

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