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General News · 28th March 2022
Beatrix
Some exciting news to share! Sėne McKenna, a traditional Highlands song and culture keeper, will be making a visit to the island from April 24-May 1. Myself and some other singers on the island have been studying with Sėne for many years - this will be the first time we will get to sing together in person! While she is here, we'd like to offer singing workshops and a Gaelic music concert. Perhaps even a cčilidh!

If you are interested in meeting Sėne and learning some traditional laments, work songs, and blessings, or if you are a musician who might like to play with us at a Celtic/Gaelic/Highlands music night, I'd love to hear from you!

Specific dates and locations for workshops/performances have not yet been decided; I am open to suggestions and looking to gauge initial interest so that we can plan a wonderful week :)

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About Sėne McKenna (website here)

For nearly thirty years, Sėne has been teaching Scots Gaelic songs to individuals and groups throughout Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Since the autumn of 2018, she has been giving song workshops to groups online. Sėne very much enjoys weaving stories into the fabric of her class. This gives participants a bit of insight into the beliefs, customs and traditions of the people of Gaelic Scotland.

Currently residing in Glengarry County, a Gaelic diaspora community in the territories of the Audenosaunee (Iroquois), Mohawk, Haudenosaunee (St Lawrence Iroquois), and Huron-Wendat People (Upper Canada Treaties), Sėne is devoted to sharing the legacy of her ancestors. As a singer, teacher and performing artist, her life's work is to pass on the beauty and wisdom of her people, through story and song. As she has always been drawn to the songs that speak of loss of longing, these have become her main focus.