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Ceilidh Means A Visit, And Anyone Can Join In

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Ceilidh Means A Visit, And Anyone Can Join In
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It's a really hard word to pronounce, but what it translates to is an excellent night out listening to local music.

"A ‘kay-lee.’ It means a visit, and anyone can join in," said Kenneth MacKenzie, a fiddler.

"You hear the word Ceilidh and you’re in a place like Cape Breton Island that really means like a concert, a show, a get together, a place to have some fun," said Rodney MacDonald, CEO, Gaelic College.

One of the popular places along the Ceilidh trail is the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Nova Scotia, where the history of the area is audible.

"Our people came from Scotland, the Highlands of Scotland 200 years ago, and kind of the isolation of the island here meant that that culture was preserved," said MacKenzie.

"There are similarities between what you hear here in places like Scotland and Ireland but in North America, this is the place. It’s really a gem. If you love Celtic music, if you love culture, if you want to learn about that, this is the place to be. You feel it in the landscape here, there’s something unique, it’s special," said MacDonald.

Something special that has been handed down for generations.

"It was passed down from my grandfather who passed away before I was born and I found it under my grandmother’s bed and it was all broken so I got a fellow up the road there to fix it and he fixed it all up and now I’m playing it. I like to show it off, it’s a beautiful fiddle it’s got nice sound, nice color to it, it makes me proud to play," said Maggie Beaton, a fiddler. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP