Copyright © 2018 Voices of the Naomhóg. All rights reserved.

Photographs Dónal Ó Céilleachair

Painting Liam Holden

Voices of the Naomhóg

Integration of Cape Breton, Western Ireland & Scotland

through boat building, music and language

During the months of September and October 2018, artists and musicians  from Nova Scotia, Ireland and Scotland will come together in the village of Baddeck, Cape Breton to build two traditional Irish rowing boats called Naomhógs. True ambassadors of their culture and craft they will bring their history and experiences to unite and reunite the Gaelic, Irish and Scottish music, dance and storytelling of the people and their homelands.​ 


This eclectic group of artists and musicians alongside Mi’kmaw boat builders will stitch together their cultures while creating original music and dance through the building of the Naomhógs, a 4-person rowing and sailing boat. Some of these men rowed from Ireland to Spain and their journey was the subject of an award-winning documentary film entitled THE CAMINO VOYAGE that premiered at the Dublin Film Festival in March 2018.

The music will be featured at the 2018 International Celtic Colours Festival. This will include traditional music, Gaelic song, and dance from both sides of the Atlantic. The idea is to celebrate age-old crafts and forge new traditions and expand on Irish and Cape Breton Gaelic tradition, shared alongside the wisdom, culture and music of our indigenous neighbors.

The boats will be rowed to the concert halls by the men and women who built them. The story of their building, and the reuniting of their cultures will be shared with thousands through the original music, dance and storytelling that will have been created during the project. The Voices project will document this collaboration through film, television and radio. 

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