- Organizer: Natasha Kong
- Date: October 1st
- Start Time: 10am
- Event Length: 1 1/2 hours
- Location: 368 Starks Road
- Expires: 24 days, 11 hours
When it comes to expressing the pain and sorrow of loss often what you cannot say you can sing. The Scots have a rich tradition of laments which was thought to have originated centuries ago from keeners, singers that were paid to help others grieve and aid the departing soul. In the Scots tradition there is a vast economy of words to express grief; the repetition of certain phrases coaxing out the heartache.
In this class you will be introduced to Scottish Gaelic laments with an opportunity to learn tunes with visiting teacher Sìne McKenna who has been teaching and performing Scots Gaelic songs for nearly 30 years.
Cost is $30 sliding scale. Please don’t let money be a reason you cannot attend, contact us if this is so.
*** We have opened up another session on October 5th at 7pm for all those who cannot make this daytime event. Please let us know if you are interested ***
About Sìne McKenna
Sìne McKenna has been teaching and performing Scots Gaelic songs for nearly 30 years. Although born and raised in Montreal, she was immersed in the culture of the Scottish and Irish Gael from a young age. She first began her Gaelic language studies at St. Francis Xavier University , in Nova Scotia and later, on the Island of Skye.
Sìne has performed at concerts, clubs and cèilidhs in Scotland and Canada and has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 (Scotland),the CBC and Radio Canada. She was lead vocalist with the Montreal based Celtic group Phenigma, who made their first CD in 1995.
After moving to Glengarry county, Ontario, in 1999, she became the language consultant for the award winning Glengarry Gaelic Choir, and went on to establish three Glengarry based musical groups: Nigheanan Glengarry, Anam Cara and Sacred Highland Voices.
While a member of Sacred Highland Voices, she wrote a script entitled: Sacred Songs of Gaelic Scotland. This featured, in music and song, the story of the ancient Gaels and their devotion to their ancestral heritage. This was performed in both Ottawa and Glengarry.
Sìne was awarded gold medals for excellence in traditional song, at the Toronto Gaelic Mod, the premier Gaelic festival in North America. She is also winner of the prestigious Quebec Thistle Council Award , for the teaching of Scots Gaelic language and song.
Sìne has developed a unique Celtic heritage programme for children, in which she incorporates Gaelic language and songs as well as drama. She presented this for a number of years in elementary schools throughout Glengarry. As an offshoot of this project, she has written a booklet entitled: Gaelic Language Learning Songs for Children and the Young at Heart.
For many years she organized Gaelic language classes for adults in Montreal and Glengarry. She was also a language instructor at the University of Ottawa for 10 years, where she taught Scots Gaelic and Highland traditions.
Sìne has always been passionate about songs of loss and longing. At the present time she is working on a CD which will feature Gaelic laments from both Scotland and Ireland.
She has been teaching Gaelic language and song privately for over 25 years and also gives workshops on the language, songs and stories of the Gael.
Sìne organizes Gaelic cultural tours to Scotland for individuals and groups. Moreover, she enjoys acting as tour guide for anyone interested in exploring the magnificent landscape of the Highlands and Western Isles, considered by many, to be the last wilderness in Europe.
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