On Sun, 22 Oct 1995, Douglas D. Blackley wrote:
> So, Angela, are we seeing the creation of a Celtic culture now? One that
> didn't really exist as a solid entity in the past? Are we disenfranchised
> Irishman, Scots, Welsh creating a 'culture?'
Saw this passing my screen here in lurkland, and must respond.
This is taking place, and it is happening on the island in or off
Nova Scotia <depending on which side of the causeway you reside> known as
Cape Breton Island. A lot of marketing of the Cape Breton Culture are
the highland Culture is taking place, and it is a successful tourist ploy
to bring mega bucks....at the expense of our tax dollars.
Hard rock music blended with the Celtic music to make it more
modern. Cape Breton fiddling, listening to the Sassenach who forbade the
Scots to play bagpipes, speak Gaelic, wear tartan dress. Our ancestors
emigrated to have the privilege to do all that again, but do the Cape
Bretoners respect that? No, it has to be the fiddles....always and, for
them, happily under the thumb of the Sassenach. They even call it
Highland fiddling, Scottish fiddling....and some even =believe= their
fantasy. Consider Ashley MacIsaac, and the MacMaster family.
Cape Bretoners get infuriated when this is pointed out. Threatens
their lucrative source of tourist income.