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Denis Ryan Created Antigonish & Cape Breton Wakes & Wedding Song: Dark Island

By Andrew Macdonald

The man that largely introduced a haunting Scottish melody to enthusiastic Nova Scotia pub goers in the 1970s says Dark Island, is now the official anthem for wakes and weddings in Nova Scotia, especially in Antigonish & Cape Breton.

Denis Ryan, stock broker, pension fund manager and crooner with the widely popular ’70s folk

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