Highland Fling with Bob MacEachern- Sundays @ 6pm
The history of Highland Fling is very closely connected to the resurgence of Cape Breton Fiddle music. The program first aired in November 1975 with host (noted piano player/composer) Joey Beaton as a Saturday night half hour show. It quickly gained in audience and popularity with its focus on fiddle, piano, bagpipes and Gaelic song which resulted in the show being lengthened to one-hour and moved to Sunday evenings. Subsequent hosts have included Dan MacDonald and John MacDonald. I have been hosting the program since January of 1982, I’m a past board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association and currently the Chair of the Celtic Colours International Festival.
The Highland Fling library consists of the most popular commercial recordings of the past 7 decades as well as a rich variety of home-made recordings from concerts, ceilidhs and house sessions. Without question the most popular features are the live off the floor recordings that bring home the flavour and spirit of a good kitchen session. Our library has been shared with the Celtic Music Centre in Judique and at the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University…click the CBU link for some dandy Gaelic tunes. A great source of Gaelic traditions, stories and music and can experienced here.
Check out Highland Fling Sundays at 6 p.m., you can listen live via our web stream (front page) or click on the links below for a recent program from the archives.
January 13, 2019 – Second show review of 2018 with NicNeil…tunes from their album, Back Current Jam…plus Rodney MacDonald…Mairi Rankin…Brent Aucon and Kinnon Beaton remembers Fr Angus Morris and more.
January 6, 2019 – First show review of 2018 with Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller…tunes from their album, South Haven…plus Ashley MacIsaac and Hailee Lefort and more.
December 30, 2018 – Tunes from Mairi Rankin…J.P.Cormier and more.
December 23, 2018 – Christmas tunes from Ashley MacIsaac…Shelly Campbell…The Barra MacNeils…Kinnon Beaton…Buddy MacMaster and more.
December 16, 2018 – A great set from the late Cassie MacIntyre, mother of Sandy MacIntyre… The Barra MacNeils…Kinnon Beaton…Buddy MacMaster and more.
December 9, 2018 – Featured: Tribute to Carl MacKenzie with tunes from Carl MacKenzie and The Barra MacNeils
December 2, 2018 – Featured: Tribute to Father Angus Morris with tunes from Fr Angus…Kinnon Beaton and Rodney MacDonald. Plus a salute to Jim Watson.
November 25, 2018 – Tunes: NicNeil…Rodney MacDonald…Beolach and more. Featured – Mairi Britton from Farsan and tunes from the new CD.
November 18, 2018 – Tunes: Barra MacNeils…Buddy MacMaster…Wendy MacIsaac and more.
November 11, 2018 – Tunes: A tribute to those who have served with Deanie Munroe Beaton and tunes from Winnie Chafe…Rachel Davis…Dr Angus MacDonald and more.
November 4, 2018 – Tunes: A tribute to Burt Feintuch with music from two albums which has his finger prints all over them, ‘The Beaton Family of Mabou’ and ‘The Heart of Cape Breton – Music from the Ceilidh Trail’.
October 28, 2018 – Tunes: Brenda Stubbert…Angus Chisholm and more.
October 21, 2018 – Tunes: Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald, Jeff MacDonald, Leanne Aucoin, a cut from James MacLean’s new guitar CD and more.
October 14, 2018 – Tunes: COIG…Ashley MacIsaac…Buddy MacMaster and more.
October 7, 2018 – Tunes: Natalie MacMaster…Hailee LeFort…Dara Smith MacDonald and more.
September 30, 2018 – Tunes: Shelly Campbell…Troy MacGillivray…Mac Morin and more. FEATURED: Gillian Head and her new CD, Tidal.
September 23, 2018 – Tunes: Melody and Derrick Cameron, Gillian Head, a new set from Brent Aucoin and more.
September 16, 2018 – Tunes: Mac Morin…Joe MacMaster and more. Featured: Interview with NicNeil and tunes from their new CD, Back Jam Current.
September 9, 2018 – Tunes: Dawn & Margie Beaton…NicNeil…Anita MacDonald…Arthur Muise and more.
September 2, 2018 – Tunes: The Barra MacNeils…Douglas Cameron….Dan Hughie MacEachern…and more.
August 26, 2018 – Tunes: Rodney MacDonald…Kenneth MacKenzie…a new set fresh from the Port Hawkesbury Ceilidh with Brent Aucoin…and more.
August 19, 2018 – Tunes: Chrissie Crowley…Brent Aucoin…The Broussards…Rankin MacInnis more.
August 12, 2018 – Tunes: All Fired Up…The MacLeod Fiddlers from Glengarry…Natalie MacMaster and more.
August 5, 2018 – Tunes: The Mabou MacNeil Family…Troy MacGillivray and more.
July 29, 2018 – Featured: Remembering Wally Ellison Tunes: Dara Smith MacDonald…Joe MacMaster…Donald MacLellan and more.
July 22, 2018 – Tunes: Wendy MacIsaac…Mac Morin…David Greenberg and more.
July 15, 2018 – Tunes: Miller-MacDonald-Cormier…Glenn Graham…Mary Jane Lamond and more.
July 08, 2018 – Tunes: John Pellerin…Krista MacKinnon…Mike Hall and more. Featured: Robbie Fraser chats about his band Cabot’s Crossing and their new CD
July 02, 2018 – Tunes: Cassie MacIsaac…Angus Chisholm…Dara MacDonald and more. Featured: Ashley MacIsaac chats about KitchenFest and the Glendale Outdoor Concert
June 24, 2018 – Tunes: John Morris Rankin…Kinnon Beaton…Barry Shears… Rodney MacDonald and more. Featured: Margie Beaton from the Gaelic College to chat about KitchenFest
June 10, 2018 – Tunes: Barra MacNeils from a new CD…Glenn Graham and Rodney MacDonald…a piano duet from Mac Morin and Troy MacGillivray
June 3, 2018 – Tunes: Gillian Boucher…Joe MacMaster…Miller-MacDonald-Cormier and more Featured: Interview with Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald on their newly released CD South Haven by Miller-MacDonald-Cormier
May 27, 2018 – Tunes: Buddy MacMaster…John MacLean…Miller-MacDonald-Cormier and more Featured: Shelly Campbell and Kenneth MacKenzie as part of Gaelic Nova Scotia Month talk about their life in Gaelic in Cape Breton and on their travels. They’ve brought music from Joe Peter MacLean…Daimh….Hamish Moore
May 20, 2018 – Tunes: Willie Kennedy…Theresa MacLellan and more Featured: Mary Jane Lamond as part of Gaelic Nova Scotia Month speaks about her experience being immersed into Gaelic when she arrived here many years ago and we hear some music she brought along from Peter MacLean…Maxie MacNeil…Jeff MacDonald and a tune from Joe Peter MacLean.
May 13, 2018 – Tunes: Donnie…Francis and Anna MacDonald…Jeff MacDonald and more Featured: Goiridh Domhnullach with his son Padruig as part of Gaelic Nova Scotia Month talk about what is happening in the Gaelic community and how far we’ve come in the past 20 years.
May 6, 2018 – Tunes: Robbie and Isaac Fraser…Brenda Stubbert and more Featured: David Rankin to kick-off Gaelic Awareness Month with songs from Emily and Kyle MacDonald…MaryJane Lamond and more
April 29, 2018 – Tunes: Buddy MacMaster…Inverness County Gaelic Singers…Douglas Cameron…Joe MacMaster and more
April 22, 2018 – Tunes: Rachel Davis, John Alex MacLellan, Carl MacKenzie and more
April 15, 2018 – Tunes: Ashley MacIsaac, John Allan Cameron and more Featured: Marc Boudreau.
April 8, 2018 – Tunes: Michael Hall, COIG, Arthur Muise and more Featured: Wendy MacIsaac in honour of her late mother, Geraldine.
April 1, 2018 – Tunes: Donna Marie DeWolfe, The Barra MacNeils, Arthur Muise and more Featured: West of Mabou with band member Scott and tunes from ‘The Bridge’
Mar 25, 2018 – Tunes: Kyle MacDonald…John MacDougall…Maybelle Chisholm MacQueen and more
Mar 18, 2018 – Featured: Some Irish Tunes Tunes: Brent Aucoin…Mairi Rankin…Natalie MacMaster and more
Mar 11, 2018 – Featured: Birthday wishes to the Iconic Theresa MacLellan and Joey Beaton Tunes: Donald MacLellan, Slainte Mhath, Howie MacDonald and more
Mar 4, 2018 – Featured: Troy MacGillivray Tunes: Bonnie Jean MacDonald, John Campbell, Brenda Stubbert and more
Feb 25, 2018 – Featured: John Morris Rankin Tunes: Jerry Holland, Tara Lynne Tousenard , Donald Angus Beaton and more
Feb 18, 2018 – Tunes: Buddy MacMaster, Glendale 1977, Rodney MacDonald and more
Feb 11, 2018 – Tribute: To Wintson Scotty Fitzgerald Tunes: J.P. Cormier…Theresa Morrison and more
Feb 4, 2018 – Interviews: With Rachel Davis from COIG (33:13) Tunes: MacNeil Girls of Mabou…Willie Kennedy and more
Jan 28, 2018 – Interviews: Looking back on the COIG CD release of 2017, Rove New Music: East Pointers and Celtic Colours 2017 with Howie MacDonald, Dwayne Cote and more
Jan 21, 2018 – Interviews: Looking back on the 2017 Release of The Willow Collection with Cassie and Maggie New Music: Pius MacIsaac, Maxim & Gervais Cormier and more
Jan 14, 2018 – Tunes: Buddy MacMaster Review of Rooted in Tradition with Joey Beaton
Jan 7, 2018 – Interviews: A look back at the 2017 release, ‘The Lake Sessions’ with Dara Smith MacDonald and Adam Young Tunes: Kyle MacDonald, MacKenzie Family from Scotland
Dec 17, 2017 – The Christmas Show – Tunes: Coig, Ashley MacIsaac, Kinnon Beaton, The Barra MacNeils, Natalie MacMaster & more
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