World Premiere of Scott Macmillan’s


A musical happening celebrating forest diversity  October 5, 2019 / 3:00 pm

At the 2019 inFlux a cross-cultural festival of the arts October 3-6, 2019 presented by Inverness County Centre for the Arts & Scott Macmillan

Scroll down and watch samples from the concerts


Thursday Oct 3, 2019

Blue Engine String Quartet & guest multi-disciplinary guitarist/composer Scott Macmillan

Featuring Haydn’s “The Lark” and excerpts from Beethoven for String Quartet. As Halifax’s foremost string quartet, Blue Engine loves to collaborate and in the second half Scott Macmillan will join them in some sprightly jigs and reels composed for guitar and string quartet.

They thought they could, and they did… The Blue Engine String Quartet was formed in 1997 as the core ensemble of the Nova Scotia chamber music series and are all members of Symphony Nova Scotia. This all woman quartet holds true to classical roots performing many of the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire while also expanding their horizons to perform innovative works that draw a wide-ranging audience to some of the East Coast’s most interesting chamber music programs.

Consistently recognized both as musical innovators and as impeccable musicians, Blue Engine String Quartet has been awarded artistic grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. They are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio and have been featured on CBC Television..

“ The quartet caught the music’s light elegance like netting a rare butterfly on the wing.” - Chronicle Herald, Nov. 10, 03

“… brought ten years of ardency and polish to provide the finest, most energetic insightful playing I have ever heard” - Chronicle Herald, Mar. 13, 07

Scott Macmillan's arrangement of New Century Hornpipe Live at InFlux Oct 3, 2019

Friday Oct 4, 2019

Mystic Lines: Sufi poet Rumi and the Gaels Entwine

Gaelic bard Lewis MacKinnon recites his Gaelic translations of 13th century Sufi mystic Rumi to ancient melodies performed by Scott Macmillan, and Persian musicians Mohammad Sahraei and Saeed Foroughi. Let music ignite your inner artist! Create!  Bring your art supplies. Cash bar available.

Reading from ‘Ràithean airson Sireadh,-Seasons for Seeking’ the Gaelic bard Lodaidh MacFhioghain (Lewis MacKinnon) will recite his Scottish Gaelic translations of the poetry of Rumi, the Sufi poet of the Middle Ages whose compositions have transcended time and tradition to become universally honoured. Lewis MacKinnon will be availble to sign copies of his book after the performance.

When asked why had MacKinnon felt this translation of Rumi’s works would work in the Gaelic? “When I think back, it was being exposed to Rumi, the Persian poet whose works were translated into modern day American free verse by Coleman Barks. I wondered if it might work in the Gaelic. I tried translating a few and found that they flowed. I thought it would be interesting to have a collection in the Gaelic.”

A sample of the evenings music with Saeed Foroughi and Mohammad Sahraei, Scott Macmillan and Nikoo Mansourifar with Gaelic Bard Lewis MacKinnon.

Saturday Oct 5, 2019

World Premiere of Scott Macmillan's WOODLAND REVIVAL  A musical happening celebrating forest diversity

A musical happening celebrating forest diversity. Award winning Composer/Guitarist Scott Macmillan's new composition Woodland Revival will be experiential original music derived & performed by Mi'kmaw drummers, Persian, Celtic & Classical musicians with an audience moving in & out of the woods.

Composer, master guitarist and 2014 recipient of the Portia White Prize Scott Macmillan premieres his one-hour multi-movement music suite, Woodland Revival, highlighting forest ecology in Nova Scotia. Never sure how he would bring a musical expression to these concerns of the state of the world’s forests by 97 year old Gaelic Scholar, Sr. Margaret MacDonnell giving him her 1965 Harvard paper ‘Sacred Trees of Ireland’.  Expressing her own concern about the present state of the trees in Nova Scotia "the trees in NS are trouble and someone should compose music for them and that should be you and Jennyfer!' reinvigorating Scott’s imagination and recommitted him to bring this concern.  With the assistance from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts, Woodland Revival, this musical happening celebrating forest diversity will be premiered October 5th, 2019.

For more about Woodland Revival got to:

Composer/Guitarist Scott Macmillan, with Blue Engine String Quartet,, Mohammad Sahraei, Tar/Daff, Saeed Foroughi, Santur/Flute, Nikoo Mansourifar, Daff,  Kim Rayworth, vocalist, Tom Roach, Percussion,, Kevin Dugas, Pipes, Jamie Gatti, Bass, The We’koqma’qewiska Drummers, Guitar Ensemble led by Brian Doyle.

Scott Macmillan Premieres Woodland Revival Oct 5th 2019:

Sunday October 6, 2019

All Terrain with Scott Macmillan, Brian Doyle and Jamie Gatti

This concert was a perfect way to round out the inFlux cross-cultural festival of the arts weekend!

All-Terrain with Brian Doyle, Jamie Gatti & Scott Macmillan, joined by local writers and poets. These magnificent musicians performed a wide range of music interspersed with forest and nature-related readings.




DAY inFLUX, Sunday Oct 6, 2019

Enjoy a full day of events from hikes, film, art, poetry, and picnics to music, getting in touch with art and nature around
central Inverness County and at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts. Free tickets available at the door or online.


Sunday Oct 6, 2019 Tour starts at 9:30am-11:30am, SOLD OUT

GUIDED HIKE THROUGH AN OLD CAPE BRETON ACADIAN FOREST with 2018 Woodlands Owners of the Year for Eastern Nova Scotia and recipients of the 2018 Sustainable Practices from Forest Nova Scotia, Ruthe Macauley & Bill Oprel.


Meet at 9am at the Mabou Marina (Hwy 19 by the bridge) to be led (or car pool) to the woodlot hike. (18 min. Trip)

Tour starts at 9:30am-11:30am

Offering two hikes, a shorter & a longer hike, you will hike on trails within an Acadian forest to see /learn about sustainable, ecological forestry practices. This woodland offers broad biodiversity within its forest ecosystems.

After your hike, head into Mabou Market at the Mabou Arena (11-2pm) and enjoy the best of fresh local foods and arts, crafts and music and while you’re there pick up your picnic to bring to the inFlux picnic at Inverness County Centre of the Arts later in the afternoon.

Sunday Oct 6, 2019 3pm, FREE

Film Screening: ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ 

Presented by Council of Canadians Atlantic Region

Inverness Fire Hall, 15795 Central Ave; Inverness, Nova Scotia B0E 1N0

The science and enchantment of the global forest provides us with answers to modern dilemmas.
‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ is a documentary featuring scientist and acclaimed author Diana Beresford-Kroeger. The film follows Diana as she investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests. Her global journey explores the science, folklore, and restoration challenges of this essential eco-system.

Beresford-Kroeger explores the most beautiful forests in the Northern Hemisphere from the sacred sugi and cedar forests of Japan to the great boreal forest of Canada. She shares the amazing stories behind the history and legacy of these ancient forests while also explaining the science of trees and the irreplaceable roles they play in protecting and feeding the planet.

For more info about Call of the Forest go to

Sunday October 6, 2019 5-7pm, FREE

inFlux Picnic at the Inverness County Centre of the Arts

After your personal 'Woodland Revival’ day, hiking the old Acadian Forests, getting some goodies at the Mabou Market, attending the screening of ‘Call Of The Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom Of Trees’ Relax, enjoy your picnic, visit the gallery, stroll through the woodland paths. Cash bar / light refreshments will be available.