Mabou Harbor

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Mabou Harbor is the only protected harbor on the west side of Cape Breton. Having a lighthouse at this location, helped promote the growth of local industries – fishing and mining. A relatively new “export” of Mabou is music…It is the home of the Rankin family, known for their Celtic sound and The Red Shoe Pub.

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Halifax Citadel

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Fort George, aka the Citadel, sits upon a hill overlooking the harbor and downtown Halifax. Its vantage point has been so successful since the fort was first established by the British in 1749, it has never been under attack. That leaves time for pipers to entertain us with their look and their sound!

Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues

I traveled to Chicago with some real music buffs. We spent an evening listening to some phenomenal blues at Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club, and the next morning found us at the home of the original Chess Records for a tour. Chess Records has since been swallowed up by larger recording studios, but we were regaled with some very personal stories about the history of the studio and its famous artists such as Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. Willie Dixon’s grandson was our tour guide, and he even brought out his grandfather’s bass for us to see and hold.