Many of us are missing the opportunity to travel to Cape Breton this year, especially to Féis an Eilein, which is celebrating its 30th year despite the coróna-bhioras (COVID-19).
The weeklong event in August is a highlight of the Gaelic year in Nova Scotia. The féis, held on Eilean na Nollaig or Christmas Island, is the first to be held outside Scotland.
But don’t despair. Even if you can’t go to the féis this year, the féis can come to you.
Féis an Eilein has gone virtual, like many events, and its concerts are available on the organization’s website, and through its YouTube channel. They’ll bring Cape Breton into your own home.
First up, Aug. 18, was the Mòd nam Fìdhlearan, the Fiddler’s Court concert.
Second, on Aug. 19, Cèilidh nam Pìobairean, the famous Piper’s Cèilidh.
Keep an eye out for other programs from Féis an Eilein.