In 1773, the first ship carrying Gaelic settlers reached Nova Scotia. They were leaving behind cultural suppression and a change in economics and social order in Scotland that would come to be known as the Highland Clearances. In Gaelic it is called Fuadach nan Gàidheal; the eviction of the Gaels.They brought with them their language, songs, music and dance styles, stories and traditions.
Songs, music, dance and storytelling have long been important parts of Gaelic society. The word ceilidh, now often used to refer to a concert, actually is Gaelic in origin and truly means a visit but wherever a few Gaels gather, music and songs are sure to be shared.