from 'The Cape Breton Fiddler'
by Allister MacGillivary
very first tune I composed - it’s in Gordon MacQuarries book -
was ‘The Red Shoes’,” said Dan Rory.
particular piece was named for some homemade footgear crafted by
Angus D. MacEachern of Glendale, Cape Breton.
adventurous shoemaker had stained the shoes a bright crimson
with Sherwin-Williams paint, And the incident was the
inspiration for Dan R’s reel.
purchased by Rob Willson in the Spring of 1998 from Joey Beaton.
restoration began after it was purchased. The pub became a
hotbed of cultural music for several years after but sadly
had to close in late 2003. It was sold to the Rankins in 2004 and reopened
in May 2005.
Johnny Gillis of North East
Mabou, came up with the name 'Red Shoe' as a tribute to
Cape Breton fiddler Dan R. MacDonald. After doing some
research, former owner Rob Willson realized just how much Dan R. had contributed
to the music and culture and decided it would be an
appropriate name for the pub.
Logo wase created by Johnny Gillis of North East Mabou.