Canada 150, Highland Bagpipes 250: Gaelic Pipe Music in Atlantic Canada

October 12, 2017
Highland Village Museum, Iona

A Concert for the Launch of Play It Like You Sing It: The Shears Collection of Bagpipe Culture and Dance Music From Nova Scotia

The history of the Highland bagpipes in Nova Scotia began with the Fraser Highlanders at the fall of Louisbourg in 1758. Since then, Scottish and Highland piping traditions have continued in Nova Scotia for over 250 years, through immigration, Confederation, outmigration, and two world wars.

At the time of Confederation, and throughout most of the 19th century, bagpipe music was interwoven with fiddle music, Gaelic singing, and traditional and emerging dance traditions, in Gaelic communities of the mainland and Cape Breton. A unique form of dance music evolved and flourished in the 19th and early 20th century characterized by lively jigs, and rousing strathspeys, reels and quicksteps.

Bradan Press is proud to present a concert to launch the new book Play It Like You Sing It: The Shears Collection of Bagpipe Culture and Dance Music From Nova Scotia. Come hear the tunes played and sung by pipers, fiddlers and singers in the era of Confederation, performed by local musicians, singers and dancers.

 

Admission will be by donation, with proceeds going the Nova Scotia Highland Village

The lecture will take place in the Tuning Room from 2:00-4:00pm.