Item T-380 - Gaelic Songs: Various Informants, Creignish, N.S.

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Gaelic Songs: Various Informants, Creignish, N.S.

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CA BI T-380

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  • 1972 (Creation)
    MacEachern, Elizabeth
    Mabou (NS)

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1 audio reel

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Elizabeth "Bessie" MacEachern was born October 4, 1911 at Craigmore, Cape Breton. Her parents were Angus D. MacEachern of Craigmore and Katie Anne MacNeil of Iona, Nova Scotia. She married Alex Angus MacEachern of Creignish on July 24, 1934. They had two sons, Lawrence and Joseph. Bessie sang at concerts and ceilidhs in Creignish, Judique, Port Hawkesbury, Southwest Margaree, Broad Cove, the Highland Village, Glendale, Lake Ainslie, and Antigonish, including the Highland Games. She was a participant in annual St. Andrew's Day and Robbie Burns's Day events. Bessie sang at the official opening of the Canso Causeway in Port Hastings on 13 August 1955 and also at the 25th Anniversary in 1980. She often sang with other Gaelic singers, including Fr. Donald Angus Rankin.

Bessie and Alex Angus taught Gaelic classes in Creignish between 1971 and 1973; she taught Gaelic songs while he taught Gaelic conversation and translations.

On July 29, 1972, Bessie participated in the Caidreabh project, singing at the "World's Biggest Ceilidh" at the Centennial Arena in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She was also a founding member of Coisir an Eilean, the Gaelic singing group, who performed at the Nova Scotia Tattoo (Halifax, 1983) and at Festival Antigonish's An Evening With the Cape Breton Gaelic Choirs (1988). She was a member of the group employed under a LIP grant to collect archival material for the Beaton Institute, then Cape Bretoniana, in 1972.

In August 1989, Bessie attended and sang at the re-dedication of the Cille Choirill church in Glen Spean, Brae Lochaber, Scotland and at various places during a cultural trip of Cape Bretoners to Scotland, arranged by Mary Campbell and John S. MacIsaac.

Bessie died on September 10, 1996 and is buried in Creignish at the Stella Maris parish cemetery.

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Item is an audio recording of Gaelic singing with Alexander Beaton, Angus D. Rankin, Elizabeth MacEachern, Maggie Gillis (née MacDougall), Duncan Gillis of Hawthorne and Margaret S. (Duncan Peter) Campbell. Mr. Rankin is accompanied in singing of chorus by Angus (Sandy) Rankin and Alexander Beaton in all his songs. Charles "Miller MacDonald of Glencoe Mills speaks about mills and Hughena Campbell talks about cheesemaking.

Side 1:

Beaton, Alexander - "Òran do Ghille a Chaidh a Bhàthadh"

Rankin, Angus D. - Song "Nach Muladach, Muladach Duine Leis Fhéin" (Local version)

Rankin, Angus D. - Song "Seinn h-Iuraibh Bhinn O" (Seann Òran Seilige)

Beaton, Alexander. - Song "O Siud an Taobh a Ghabhainn" by Anna Gillis

Rankin, Angus D. - Song "Bitibh Aotrom 's Togaibh Fonn" By John "The Bard" MacLean

Rankin, Angus D. - Song "Càite bheil I ann am Muile?"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "O Teannaibh Dlùth is Togaibh Fonn"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "A Fhleasgaich Uasail"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "a'Chruinneag Ìleach"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "An t-Alltan Dubh"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "Mo Nighean Donn Bhòidheach"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "Gaol nan Cruinneag"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "Éirich is Cur Umad 's Tiugainn Leam"

MacEachern, Elizabeth - Song "Màiri Bhàn"

Beaton, Murdoch - Duan for a réiteach.

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd: "Dòmhnall Cruaidh agus an Ceàrd"

Beaton, Murdoch - Song " Cumha Bàs Fir agus a h-Ìghne" composed by Sìleas na Ceapaich.

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd air Mgr Ailean MacIlleathain

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd air Ailean a Rids, an t-Each aige 's Mgr Ailean

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd air Aonghas Cìobair ann a Seatago

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd: Coilleach an Àite Clog

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd: An Cù Leisg

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd: Fear a Fhuair Muc an Asgaidh

Beaton, Murdoch - Naidheachd: Léine Ùr airson Piognaig

Beaton, Murdoch - Song "Òran na Seana Mhaighdinn"

Beaton, Murdoch - Song "A 'Dhòmhnuill Bhig a hu a ho"

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Campbell, Margaret S. (Mrs Duncan Peter) of Glencoe Mills - Song "Deoch-Slàinte Luchd nam Brachannan"

MacDonald, Hugh Donald of Glencoe Mills - Song "Eilean Sgitheanach nam Buadh"

MacDonald, Charles "Miller" - Operating grist, carding and saw mills

Campbell, Hughena - Making cheese

MacEachern, Elizabeth - song "Clachan Ghlinndaruadhail"

Gillis, Maggie (née MacDougall) - Song "Annie Laurie" in Gaelic

Gillis, Maggie (née MacDougall) - Hymn "Pulling Hard Against the Stream"

Gillis, Duncan - song "Chì Mi Bhuam"

Unknown - song "Duanag an t-Seòladair"

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      T-380 Side 1 [Audio mp3]:

      T-380 Side 2 [Audio mp3]:

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