Broad Cove celebrates 60th anniversary in style

September 4, 2016

-by John Gillis
Another beautiful summer day was celebrated with tradition and fine music Sunday afternoon in Broad Cove as the parish and concert attendees celebrated the 60th anniversary of the iconic Broad Cove Scottish Concert.
This year the concert aimed to recognize the efforts of its volunteers who work so tirelessly every year to make the event a resounding success.
That success was rewarded this year with federal and municipal funding which will go towards improving stage and talent area infrastructure on the grounds making a solid foundation for the future of the concert (see story this week).
Two special tributes marked this year’s concert: a tribute to two of the families that helped launch the beginnings of the concerts back in 1957: the MacDonnell and Kennedy families who are descendants of Hughie Dan/Peter MacDonnell and Archie/Katie Florence Kennedy.
There was another special tribute paid to the late step dancer and tradition bearer, Willie Francis Fraser, by special guests such as Coiser an Eilean, Mary Janet MacDonald, Harvey MacKinnon, Dawn and Margie Beaton, Joanne MacIntyre, Bernard Cameron, Jeff MacDonald, Ronald MacKenzie, Jim Watson, Gerard Beaton, the Bouchers, the descendants of Willie Francis Fraser, and more.
Dunvegan’s Marion MacLeod was ever present as the house piano player for the day and provided fine accompaniment for her brother Kenneth on fiddle.
Other highlights of the afternoon was the Gaelic singing of Jeff and son Patrick MacDonald and the fiddling of the promising young and talented Joe MacMaster.
Concert headliner, Gillian Boucher performed a strong and lively set of tunes and dance steps accompanied by string man extra ordinaire ,Darren McMullen. Boucher was also joined on stage for songs by Mary Jane Lamond and Gillian’s sisters, Tessa and Sheena, dancing along with cousins, Tara and Jenna Wilcox.
East Coast Music Award  winner, Còig, the other headliner, arrived fresh off a tour of Ontario and featured Inverness County favourites Jason Roach (keyboards) and Chrissy Crowley (fiddle). The band rewarded everyone who stayed for the whole show with a fine performance and then led those who wanted more back to the dance hall in South West Margaree to follow.
Broad Cove’s 60th was certainly a highlight of the summer of 2016 for many and will surely have many more looking forward to the 61st annual event next summer.

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