We had a chance to get to Halifax on Saturday for a performance of DRUM! I am having a hard time putting into words just how much we enjoyed it! The show is explained in the program by the following:
“Before the Tall Ships came, there were the drums of the Mi’Kmaq, the rhythm of the rugged, beautiful lands of Nova Scotia. For thousands of years, their songs and those of the other ancient native peoples were the only music accompanying Nova Scotia’s crashing waves.
Then came the others, displaced people all, carrying their faith and their music as precious reminders of the homes they had left behind.
First the French, who settled and farmed, transforming the ways of the old country into a new culture – the Acadian culture – as vital and rich as the new land they ploughed.
Then the Celts, the Scots and the Irish, who coloured the landscape, so like that of their homeland, with swirling tartan and the airs of the pipes, the harp and fiddle.
And north from the Thirteen Colonies and the Caribbean, the black settlers, twice dispossessed, the weavers of rhythms rooted in their African heritage and fired by hard times.
Each nation born of a timeless culture, dancing to their own rhythm, their own unique beat.
DRUM! is a gathering of all these rhythms. It is the musical heartbeat of Nova Scotia. A spectacle of sounds, styles and traditions, ultimately coming together in a world beat grand finale.
DRUM! communicates a message to the world: we can hold on to who we are and still share a song, a stage, a country, a world.”
The show especially captured the imaginations of our own drummer, performer, and highland dancer.
The show is over for this year, but we highly recommend for anyone planning a trip to Nova Scotia at this time next year that you try to get tickets!! We’ll definitely go again!
Afterwards, we went to the Henry House for dinner. The Henry House was formerly the home of the Granite Brewery, where D’Arcy & I first met while working there together. The menu and the beer remain mainly the same, and we were happy to see Mel, who is still working there on Saturday nights after all these years!
It was a fun night out, as Halifax is such an easy trip from here for the day. We will definitely put up a reminder for guests when DRUM! comes to town next year!