Source: University College of Cape Breton
John Allan Cameron Collection Comes Home to CB
October 12, 2006
Cameron Collection Comes Home to Cape Breton
Will Be Housed at Beaton Institute - Cape Breton University
(Sydney, NS) – The personal paper collection of Celtic music’s Godfather has
come home to Cape Breton.
The Beaton Institute, located at Cape Breton University in Sydney, NS,
recently received the John Allan Cameron Papers Collection from the Cameron
This collection adds to the Beaton Institute’s growing Canadian Celtic Music
Collection and reaffirms its position as a leading institute in sustaining
"We are very grateful to the Cameron Family for their generosity and trust
in placing this important record and legacy in the care of the Beaton
Institute," says Cape Breton University President John Harker. "We will
treasure them and share them with students, faculty and the greater cultural
community as he wishes them to be."
The collection consists of a variety of materials such as diaries,
correspondence, news clippings, concert programs, promotional materials and
awards from the beginning of his career until the present. Of special note
are his yearly planners which list his performances and song lyrics, all in
his own hand.
John Allan Cameron was born in Inverness County, Cape Breton Island in 1938.
He has captivated audiences around the world with his music and story
telling. He was a lone voice for the Celtic tradition for decades. He is
known as the Godfather of Celtic music in Canada. He introduced his style of
Cape Breton music in the 1960s playing bagpipe and fiddle tunes on guitar.
Pieces of the collection were on display publicly for the first time this
week at a special celebration on campus to announce the new $500,000 Centre
for Cape Breton Studies.
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