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Goodbye to a lovely lady, Rita MacNeil.




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In 1986, Vancouver showed itself to the world in the “World Exposition” of that year. For six months the atmosphere was electric, we loved every visit, and they were countless!


There was so much to see and do, and some great concerts. One of the concerts we took the kids to, was to that of a not so well known singer called Rita MacNeil, from Cape Breton. She became known very quickly after Expo, and we saw her as often as we could in the years to come.


Rita MacNeil died suddenly on the 16th April, now known, and loved throughout Canada, and several other countries.


A little bit about this great lady:Rita_MacNeil

The video below is one of the songs she is most famous for; I couldn’t find a good recording of her singing it live. She sings with The_Men_of_The_Deeps





A few more songs.

http://youtu.be/1GtMIMwnW_g

http://youtu.be/FND94LmZYH0

http://youtu.be/XfWYxGey6sc

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sapphire_3
Apr. 19th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
I heard that Rita McNeil had died, which is really sad as she wasn't that old. She was always such an icon, and she was unusual in being a female entertainer who got the Order of Canada. She made some wonderful music and was a wonderful person. has left a legend for sure :-)
twicet
Apr. 19th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
She was only 68...complications from surgery.

She had to overcome so much in her life, yet from all I've read, she remained a very lovely woman. From all accounts she was shy, yet always seemed so warm to others.

We are going back east in August...her tea room has been on my list since we planned the trip.



sapphire_3
Apr. 19th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Is her Tea Room in Cape Breton? I knew Rita McNeil was a Maritimer, but I didn't realize she was originally from Nova Scotia.
twicet
Apr. 19th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Her tea room is in her home town of Big Pond, on Cape Breton, and where her funeral will be held. This year she was going to start holding some afternoon, small concerts there, We had hoped to go to one.

The tea room was an old school house, where she lived for a while.
albertesmor
Apr. 20th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Must confess I've never heard of her.
She looks very happy, I like that in performers, them being there and enjoying it.

hugs
twicet
Apr. 21st, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
She was a lovely lady who overcame so much in life.

She loved singing, and was, to my knowledge, always gracious to those she met.

I think she was known to some extent in the UK and Australia, but Nova Scotia was home and she loved it.

*hugs*

Edited at 2013-04-21 03:59 am (UTC)
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