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Thursday, August 11, 2005
Cape Breton Live radio on the air Sept 4

CAPE BRETON, NS – Well-known Canadian performing artists Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are pleased to announce the launch of Cape Breton Live Radio, a new internet radio show, which will broadcast a series of live musical events from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia each week.

In a trial five week period, the radio program will showcase artists both new and familiar, exposing the traditional music of Cape Breton to audiences around the globe. Recorded at popular music venues around Nova Scotia – from halls, to pubs, to kitchens – the shows will capture the sights and sounds of the traditional Cape Breton ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”, Gaelic for party or gathering).

Long one of Canada’s national treasures, Cape Breton Island is known for both its natural beauty and unique culture. The Island is home to a distinctive musical legacy derived from the Scottish and Irish immigrants who brought their music to the island where it evolved naturally. The recent surge of interest in the music of Cape Breton from around the world has been the catalyst for the creation of Cape Breton Live.

“We are aware of the strong attraction of Cape Breton music and culture to people, as we are constantly being told by the fans who frequent our shows,” says Natalie MacMaster. “It excites people and stays with them long after they leave. So, we thought, if you can’t get here in person, join us on the Web.”

MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the lead fiddle player of Canadian Celtic supergroup Leahy, were married in 2002 and are together launching the Cape Breton Live project as a platform for the musical community they belong to, and from which they draw inspiration.

“It is an effort to share the music and culture of Cape Breton with the rest of the world,” says Leahy, “and our hope is that the beauty that lives here will be felt through this program.”

This project is made possible with the assistance of Aliant and the Government of Nova Scotia. The first live audio broadcast on capebretonlive.com will be on September 4, 2005, featuring Natalie & Buddy MacMaster with Betty Lou Beaton.

Aliant will stream these Cape Breton Live performances through Aliant.net – giving music fans, one more way to connect to Cape Breton’s down-home music. The video of these performances will be available exclusively to Aliant high-speed customers.

“Cape Breton is more than great scenery and hospitable people. It’s an energetic spirit that is shared so well through our talented musicians,” said Mike Gillespie, Aliant Regional Manager for Cape Breton. “As a Cape Breton native, I’m very pleased that Aliant can play a role in this innovative venture to share our music and our spirit with people around the world.”

To be present at a recording session for Cape Breton Live, please check out www.capebretonlive.com for a list of dates and venues. Listen weekly to the Cape Breton Live sessions by going to www.capebretonlive.com.

Contact Information:
Cheryl Smith, Coordinator

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