Last September, I welcomed top Canadian fiddler Colin Grant over to Scotland as part of a documentary examining the close cultural ties between Scottish and Cape Breton styles of fiddle playing. We spent the week travelling around the country meeting tradition-bearers and leading-exponents of various styles of Scottish fiddle playing, comparing and contrasting accents and influences with our own.
I was then fortunate enough to take a trip to Nova Scotia for the "away-leg" where Colin took me to meet various legends of Cape Breton music and visit several sites central to the history of Scottish and, in particular, Gaelic emigration to the Maritimes of Canada.
The culmination of this trip was a special, one-off concert at the Celtic Colours festival where myself and Colin (alongside the wonderful Scott MacMillan, Jason Roach, Ingrid Henderson and Seonaidh MacIntyre) presented a musical representation of our respective journeys of discovery through Scotland and Cape Breton. For me personally, it was an incredible experience and not one that I'll forget in a hurry. However, if I were to forget, the Canadian version of the documentary was broadcast on August 11th so I'd only have to check that out to jog my memory.
Here's a link for the CBC documentary*
A Scottish edition of the documentary is due to be broadcast on BBC Alba later in the year - I'll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, if you're keen to hear what the concert from Celtic Colours sounded like, I've shared a short video of one of the pieces below.
*Only available to viewers in Canada. (Unless you use a VPN but I didn't tell you that...)