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A pleasure for the ears, a journey for the soul
Biography / Beath-eachdraidh:
Andrew McFayden is a secondary school second language teacher by profession with over 18 years’ experience. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Scottish Gaelic. He has a Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master International Diploma for Spanish Language Teaching. While teaching full time, he has also taught Gaelic, Spanish, and French in the community to adult classes in the past; and Gaelic with the Nova Scotia-based Atlantic Gaelic Academy. To finish his Master of Arts degree, he wrote his thesis on Gaelic language revival efforts in Nova Scotia.
As a teacher, Andrew has been actively involved in the promotion of second language learning as well as in second language curriculum and resource development for elementary school teachers in his district. He created a unique Board-Approved course called Language For Travel for secondary school students which has gained attention in various corners of BC as well as on the national level. Andrew has given a workshop at a high-profile national conference regarding this second language course.
Andrew is available for second language teaching, consulting, and advising.
Not a trained singer, Andrew discovered singing through his love of the Scottish Gaelic language of his ancestors which he discovered in his early 20s. By attending the Gaelic College in Cape Breton over many summers, learning from Gaelic speakers in Nova Scotia, and taking immersion courses, Andrew learned the language and threw himself into studying the song tradition of the Gael. As a youth, he learned piano through the Royal Conservatory.
He has been singing professionally since 2003, and released his first cd “An Rathad Cam ‘s An Rathad Direach” in 2004. His second album “Suilean Fosgailte, Fuasgladh Cinn” was released in 2007. He released his third and fourth albums simultaneously in 2012, the Christmas album “Coinneal” and the ‘regular’ album “Turas”.
Singing experiences: Many local concerts, Cape Breton ceilidhs, weddings, Gaelic song tutor to local choirs, Canada Day festival, Cape Breton festivals, senior citizens homes, concerts in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Kenora, Ontario, concert tour of Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
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