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30 Jun

Echoes of Glendale ’73

  • 8:00pm
  • $30.00

KitchenFest! proudly presents
Echoes of Glendale ’73
A commemorative production to honour the 50th anniversary of the historic Glendale concert.
Written and directed by Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy

It was at this time, 50 years ago that a historic movement was brewing. Inspired by indignation following the documentary “The Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler” which aired on CBC television in 1972, a group of culturally-concerned music supporters took it upon themselves to make a response statement. They combed the hills and glens of Cape Breton, rounding up 100 fiddlers to perform at the next annual Glendale festival to prove fiddling was still very much a part of the island’s culture. It would all become a catalyst of action, spurring on initiatives like the birth of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, and organized change in community. As part of celebrations surrounding KitchenFest! 2023, a commissioned performance has been created by playwright Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy and will feature a host of musicians honouring those there in 1973.

Lawrence Cameron as Fr. John Angus Rankin & Joey Beaton
Dale Gillis as Fr. Eugene Morris & Willie Fraser
Adam MacNeil as Frankie MacInnis
Dougald MacNeil as Archie Neil Chisholm
Doug Lamey as Alex Francis MacKay
Rodney MacDonald as Donald Angus Beaton
Andrea Beaton as Theresa MacLellan & Elizabeth Beaton
Joe MacMaster as Buddy MacMaster & “Sandy”
Sarah MacInnis as Marie MacLellan & “Mary Jessie”
Hannah Krebs as Margaret Dunn & “Anna”
Bradley Murphy as Kinnon Beaton & “Dougie”
John Pellerin as Donnie Dougald MacDonald & “Johnny”
Susan MacLean as Maybelle Chisholm & Betty Lou MacMaster
Jacqueline Boyd as Margaret Chisholm
Steve Luxton as “Richard”

Supported by the West Side Performing Arts Cooperative and the Municipality of the County of Inverness.