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In addition to the fiddle music which forms the major part of each program, Marcia
puts in a few songs, including songs in Scottish Gaelic and Acadian French, the native tongues of many people in the Atlantic Provinces.
A lifelong New Englander, Marcia was born in Boston but grew up in New Hampshire, save a few years in infancy and early childhood in Connecticut.
"I learned to talk in Connecticut, sparing (or denying!) me a New Hampshire accent," she
At home she
mother's favorites, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. (Her father died when she
was eight.) In her
rejected rock and roll.
"I was grabbed by some Gaelic songs on a record from Scotland my sister had.
The grandmother of a friend I've known since childhood was from the Isle of Lewis, a native Gaelic speaker, and my friend taught me a little of the language.
I started going to square dances and fell in love with the jigs, reels and hornpipes, and the sound of the fiddle."
moved to the Boston area in 1961, and visited Canada's Maritime Provinces in the summer of 1963.
It was a life-changing experience for her
A few years later she
was given the opportunity to produce a radio program on the MIT radio station, and Downeast Ceilidh
, a program dedicated to traditional and contemporary folk music of Canada's Atlantic Provinces, made its debut February 3, 1972.
On October 12, 2002, the show and Marcia
opened for business here at WUMB