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- MacDonald, Kay
- Boston (Mass.)
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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.
Obituary taken from INMEMORIAM.ca
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Ites is an audio recording of a selection of Gaelic songs performed by John Angus Beaton (Boston, Mass.) Kay Macdonald accompanies the singer on the choruses.
Sud an taobh a gabhainn
Ma bhuannaich thu nighean ghrinn...
Illean ill o, illean i...
Mo shoraidh leis na caileagan...
Faill oro, faill o...
O iri ill o robha...
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- Beaton, John Angus (Subject)