Cape Breton’s Féis an Eilein Goes Virtual, Puts Concerts Online

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.

Corona-bhìoras: Scottish Gaelic COVID-19 Resources

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What is the coronavirus and why is everyone talking about it? If you have children (and if you don’t), this book from Gaelic-language publisher Acair may help answer those questions.

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The Scottish Government has published information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Gaelic here.  You can download a “staying safe at home” leaflet in Gaelic here.

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Bithibh faiceallach, bithibh sàbhailte, bithibh slàn a h-uile duine.

Be careful, be safe, be well everyone.

2020 Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Week Canceled

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We regret to say the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week scheduled for July 5-10 has been canceled.

Tha sinn gu math duilich.

Lees-McRae College, the site of the event for two decades, has officially canceled their hosting of all summer events and programs due to necessary actions taken to address the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes our event. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, which follow the workshop week, have already been canceled.

Those of you already registered will be receiving refunds shortly.

We realize the costs of the pandemic and social distancing requirements would have made attending the event difficult for many.  However, the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week Committee, would like to hear whether or not you would be interested in a “Virtual Gaelic Song & Language Week.”

You may comment on the group’s Facebook page or here.

We hope to see you online or at the 2021 Gaelic Song & Language Week.