Music road trip: Cape Breton
The fiddle is a mainstay of Cape Breton music. It's a fiddle style born in the percussive playing of the west of Scotland and carried across the sea, where it met with influences and partners from other parts of the world, and with the landscape and lives on the forested places of Nova Scotia. Natalie MacMaster brings both tradition and originality to her work. One place to hear that mix clearly is on her album Blueprint
The Barra MacNeils have been making music in the family for as long as they can remember, and making music the family business for more than two decades, with fine singing, playing, and composing that express the heart of Cape Breton’s music. They celebrate this on their album 20th Anniversary Collection
Cape Breton music is deep and varied -- and it is a presence in the music of New England and the mid Atlantic states . That is why this is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there.
This time, the Library is visits Delaware, to learn about a book that is both historical and visual. If you love gardens, this one may be for you, too.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins
you may also wish to see
Music Road: thinking about Cape Breton: music and landscape
video on Gaelic culture on Cape Breton
Music Road: Cape Breton Radio Live take 02
Music Road: holiday gift list: music of Canada