Echoes of Glendale ’73
KitchenFest! proudly presents:
Echoes of Glendale ’73: A commemorative production to honour the 50th anniversary of the historic Glendale concert.
Written and directed by Brenda MacLennan-DunphyIt was at this time, 50 years ago that a historic movement was brewing. Inspired by indignation following the documentary “The Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler”, which aired on CBC television in 1972, a group of culturally-concerned music supporters took it upon themselves to make a response statement. They combed the hills and glens of Cape Breton, rounding up 100 fiddlers to perform at the next annual Glendale Festival to prove fiddling was still very much a part of the island’s culture. It would all become a catalyst of action, spurring on initiatives like the birth of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, and organized change in community. As part of celebrations surrounding KitchenFest! 2023, a commissioned performance has been created by playwright Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy and will feature a host of musicians honouring those there in 1973. Starring: Lawrence Cameron as Fr. John Angus Rankin & Joey Beaton Dale Gillis as Fr. Eugene Morris & Willie Fraser Adam MacNeil as Frankie MacInnis Dougald MacNeil as Archie Neil Chisholm Doug Lamey as Alex Francis MacKay Rodney MacDonald as Donald Angus Beaton Andrea Beaton as Theresa MacLellan & Elizabeth Beaton Joe MacMaster as Buddy MacMaster & “Sandy” Sarah MacInnis as Marie MacLellan & “Mary Jessie” Hannah Krebs as Margaret Dunn & “Anna” Bradley Murphy as Kinnon Beaton & “Dougie” John Pellerin as Donnie Dougald MacDonald & “Johnny” Susan MacLean as Maybelle Chisholm & Betty Lou MacMaster Jacqueline Boyd as Margaret Chisholm Steve Luxton as “Richard” Supported by the West Side Performing Arts Cooperative and the Municipality of the County of Inverness.