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'Quarantine ceilidh' for Canadians staying indoors

Ashley MacIsaac is hosting a “quarantine ceilidh” on April 1. FILE PHOTO

Many of us may be stuck in our living rooms, but that isn’t stopping Cape Breton’s Ashley MacIsaac from organizing an online music festival.

Known as the bad boy of Celtic music, MacIsaac and friends are putting on a “quarantine ceilidh” for Canadians limited to staying indoors.

A ceilidh, pronounced kay-lee, is a kitchen party featuring Irish and Scottish folk music, traditional dancing and lots of twinkling storytelling.

“A lot of people are going to get bored watching reruns,” said MacIsaac. “We’re musicians. We’re used to travelling. We can’t do it and people can’t come to see our shows. So we’re bringing it to your living room.”

He’s already brought Alberta’s country singer George Canyon and comedian Bette MacDonald on board to perform at the digital festival. It will be livestreamed on April 1 on his website and social channels.

Other Canadian musicians trying to stay afloat with online events include Rufus Wainwright, Dan Mangan, Dallas Smith and Tebey.

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