Music in Cape Breton
The love of Scottish traditional music can be felt everywhere on Cape Breton Island, the home of thousands of Scottish families who escaped the Highland Clearances of 1780 - 1850.  They brought with them their music, Gaelic songs and step dancing and preserved some of the Scottish Highland culture that later died out in Scotland.  The Highlanders who remained in Scotland suffered serious suppression of their culture because of politics and religion, while Cape Bretoners were free to protect and develop their Scottish heritage.  Lately, some Cape Bretoners have been travelling back to Scotland to teach their music and dance to interested Scots.

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