Keppoch The Last Wake

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Date: Sun, Sep. 17, 2017 2:00pm

The Cèilidh house is the beating heart of Scottish culture in the hills and harbours of Northern and Eastern Nova Scotia. Bagpipes, kilts, oatmeal porridge and whisky, the water of life as some believed it, are all captivating elements of the pioneering Scots' story. IT is the often humble cèilidh houses that fostered the oral tradidion, allowing a vibrant culture to endure in story and song for almost 250 years. This year's Ships of 1801 production, Keppoch: The Last Wake, focuses on one such cèilidh house.

High on the mountain, neighbours are gathered for the 50th anniversary of the MacLeans - Joe, who clings stubborn;y to the Gaelic, and his razor-tongued wife Maggie. The burdens of hard toil and family struggles slip away as three generations come together for an evening, trading stories, songs, both traditional and original, dance, music, wit, humour and the occasional burst of sarcasm, Many of the original cast from the precious shows are back with several additions creating a full cast of thirty nine performers.

Tickets: $25

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