A small but hardy group braved the rain and danced up a storm to the Celtic sounds of Cratur at the Barn Dance and Corn Roast hosted by the Friends of Murphys Point on Sunday. This was the highlight of the second day of the Heritage Mica Festival at the park.
Despite the often heavy rain, Friends volunteers braved the elements to cook the corn outside. An enormous cast iron pot was set over a wood fire and soon the water was bubbling away. Local corn, picked the same day, was cooked to perfection by volunteers from the Friends and topped with melted butter. Festival visitors enjoyed their corn in the large tent at the Lally Homestead as they listened to the four-piece band Cratur.
Cratur performs Celtic music specializing in Cape Breton fiddle music. The band comprises three excellent OttawaValley fiddlers, accompanied by guitar. Their instrumentation is as traditional as the music. The voices of the far-flung Celtic peoples who shaped this land – from Scotland, Ireland, and Newfoundland to the Ottawa Valley– come to life as they play.
The Heritage Mica Festival continues next weekend at Murphys Point Provincial Park. Click here for complete event details.