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The Orkney Islands: A Travelogue and Historic Adventure

March 3, 11:00 AM

Main Library

Type: Classes & Workshops, Music, Performances, Special Events
Age: Adult
Topic: Celtic Calling, Travel

Dr. Tim Mainland has spent his career teaching Music Theory, Music History and collecting folk music. His surname (a bit unusual in the U.S.) is quite common in Orkney and he wanted to know more about that. Two recent trips there to explore old family stories plunged Dr. Mainland deep into his career interests and led him to discover the old stone houses and graves of direct relatives and the welcoming arms of many Mainlands (half the phone book, there!). He discovered the magnificent Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the Orkney Folk Festival, the Ness of Brodgar and the mysterious Neolithic Cairns of Rousay, all unexpected treasures. In this arts-oriented talk, the presenter will use the narrative of his journeys to play and discuss the origins of a couple of Scottish-American tunes (banjo and flute), show some slides and tell the intriguing story of St. Magnus and present the archeological mysteries of the Neolilthic peoples that left their epic mark in the Scottish Isles.

Location Details: 3rd floor meeting room

Presenter Name: Dr. Tim Mainland

Contact Email: kim.dankovich@kanawhalibrary.org


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