The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island
The Steel City Players, 1977 -- 1985

Cassiel C. MacAvity

Cape Breton Island, 1977 . . . .

The enclosed paragraph has been quite copied from Cape Breton native Adam Cooke and his blog, at

    The Follies' debut arose under the banner of the Steel City Players, a gaggle of delightfully-brash, fantastically-creative and deceptively-heartfelt twenty-and-thirty-somethings. Most of them were schooled in theatre by the duo of Liz and Harry Boardmore at Sydney's Xavier College (now Cape Breton University) and/or veterans of amateur-theatre productions guided by Sydney's Rotary Club from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Together, they launched a live show that alternately warmed the heart, tickled the funny bone, and went for the jugular, skewering everything from puffed-up politicians to the exodus of younger Cape Bretoners to the supposedly-greener pastures of Ontario and Alberta.

    Four recordings were released of the original show, in 1977, 1980, 1981, and 1985.

    See follies.pdf for the assorted cassette and LP program notes.

The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island -- 1977, LP, Wav file, 509.2 MB

The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island -- 1980, LP, Wav file, 474.5 MB

The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island -- 1981, LP, Wav file, 441.6 MB

The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island -- 1985, cassette, Wav file, 434.4 MB

    These digital files have been cobbled together from a cassette tapes and three LPs. The cassette was played on a rather suspect cassette player with an mp3 only USB jack. The LPs were recorded off a rather more stable turntable with a USB jack that allowed a direct feed into a recording computer.

    Cleanup editing, and attempts thereof, used the VLC Media Player to reformat the mp3s to wav format, the LPs were recorded straight into wav, and then Audacity was used to do the final cleanup on all the recordings.


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