Bagpiping in Vancouver, Bagpiping in Cape Breton

It was a great week of Celtic music. Lots of piping, fiddling, Gaelic singing and plenty of dancing. The 23rd Celtic Colours International Festival, held from October 12-19 all over Cape Breton Island drew sell-out crowds to all the official events, and many of the unofficial ones. Hurricane Dorian stripped much of the “colour” from the surrounding hillsides, but it was still spectacular driving through Cape Breton to small communities all over the island (like Broad Cove, above), enjoying visits with friends and even a bit of autumn fly fishing for elusive Atlantic salmon on the Baddeck, Margaree and other local rivers.

Brebach and Beolach were two of the great bands playing at Celtic Colours. Hopefully one day soon they will be out in the BC area for everyone to enjoy. Now, with November upon us, it’s time to start thinking about Remembrance Day. It will be a busy time for pipers as they march through many small towns and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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