Miserable shores

Apparently there is some controversy about the use of a particular Gaelic song in Nova Scotia advertising campaigns in Ontario and New England. The song was written in the 1800’s by a settler who had come to Nova Scotia from Scotland and who missed their homeland. The song continues on to refer to Nova Scotia’s shores as “miserable”.

I had seen a Nova Scotia Tourism ad the other day and noticed that they had changed the song, but I guess the one I heard wasn’t the one in question. The one they are using locally is a Matt Mays song. The controversial song is only being used in Ontario and New England — where odds are they don’t know what Gaelic is let alone what it translates to.

Written by Colin Bate