# 814 October 31, 2015

October 31, 2015

 
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Producer Host: Janet Stubbert
Technical Producer Co-Host Mark Korman

Music

1 Doug Lamey/ A Step Back in Time/Dan Rory

2 Bette MacDonald/Pipers Lament

3 Kimberly Fraser/ Falling on New Ground/The Cheticamp Set

4 Christy Moore/ C M Collection/The Reel in the Flickering Light

5 Christy Moore/ The Night Visit

6 Tim Edey & Troy MacGilliivray/Celtic Col 2013/Devil & the Dirk Set

7 Sean MacMullin/ The Gravedigger

8 The Ghostly Trapper

9 Jeanette Yurczyszyn / Joe Mac Neil video – Amazing Grace
10 Lewis MacKinnon/ An Gille Donn
11 Kimberly Fraser/ Falling on New Ground/Jigs with Stephanie
12 Kimberly Fraser/Falling on New Ground/The Great Danes
13 Douglas Cameron/Tamaracker Down

Our condolences to the family of Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Donald MacIsaac,
b Oct 15, 1920 in Inverness d Oct 22, 2015 Ottawa Son of the late Mary Ellen MacArthur – MacIsaacGrandson of the late John and Hoba MacArthur (red rows, Inverness)
brother to the late Hugh MacIsaac
Married to the love of his life, the late Mary Power for 61 years.
He leaves to grieve five children – Jane, Anne, Sean, Hugh, and Michael and 14 grandchildren Condolences www.hpmcgarry.ca

On to-days show …

News story,

Music reflection the season

History of All Hallows Eve

The history of Halloween begins with the ancient Celtic religious celebration of Samhain , marking the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the dark half.

The Celtic new year celebration beginning on the evening of October 31 would last three days (perhaps longer).

Samhain marked a mystical time when the barriers between our world and the Other world thinned and stretched allowing contact between human beings and the fairy folk and/or the spirits of the dead.

It was believed the world was turned inside out prompting people to act with abandon against social strictures.

Fire is a central element in all the Celtic celebrations. All hearth fires were put out and new fires lit from the great bonfires. In Scotland, men lit torches in the bonfires and circled their homes and lands with them to have protection for the coming year.

Christian elements came into play later, as All Hallows’ Day (all Saints’ Day) and All Souls’ Day contributed their traditions such as trick or treating (collecting “soul cakes” on All Souls’ Day) and dressing up in costumes as protection against evil spirits.

Fire is a central element in all the Celtic celebrations. On All Hallows Eve, all hearth fires were put out and new fires lit from a great bonfires. Men lit torches in the bonfires and circled their homes and lands with them to obtain protection for the coming year.

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