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Allie Bennett Allie Bennett is a composer, fiddler, bass and guitar player, teacher and an ECMA winner.
Allison Momberquette Allison Momberquette, an up and coming fiddler who hails from Richmond County
Andrea Beaton Andrea Beaton is the daughter of Cape Breton Fiddler Kinnon Beaton and piano player Betty (MacMaster) Beaton.
Ashley MacIsaac Ashley MacIsaac has brought Cape Breton fiddle music to almost every corner of the world. Ashley is a fiddler, piano player, stepdancer...a performer.
Betty Lou Beaton Betty Lou Beaton has been a staple of Cape Breton music for years.
Brenda Stubbert Brenda Stubbert learned the music at the foot of her father, Robert.
Brent Aucoin Brent Aucoin's playing has been compared to that of the legendary Arthur Muise.
Buddy MacMaster Buddy MacMaster is known as the 'Master of the Cape Breton Fiddle'.
Carl MacKenzie Carl MacKenzie has written many tunes over the years and has several recordings to his name.
Chrissy Crowley Chrissy Crowley has been musically influenced by both sides of her family including her late Grandfather Archie Neil Chisholm who was a founding member of the Cape Breton Fiddler's Association.
Colin Grant Colin Grant started his musical career in Toronto and very early found the Cape Breton style of playing under the wing of noted fiddler Sandy MacIntyre.
Dave MacIsaac Dave MacIsaac is a musicians' musician. John Allan Cameron once said, if you put strings on a cod he could play it.
Dawn & Margie Beaton Dawn & Margie Beaton are a fiddling-stepdancing sister team from Mabou.
Doug MacPhee Doug MacPhee is one of the most respected piano players to ever grace a Cape Breton stage.
Douglas Cameron Douglas Cameron is proof that traditional Cape Breton fiddle music is in good hands.
Eddie Rogers Eddie Rogers has been guiding young and older fiddlers for a number of years.
Father Angus Morris Father Angus Morris is one of many Catholic Priests who have been involved with Cape Breton music over the years.
Father John Angus Rankin The Cape Breton Fiddler's Association hosted the first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 1973.
Glenn Graham Glenn Graham is a Judique Fiddler who has benefitted from a rich blood line of music from both the Graham and Beaton sides of his family.
Howie MacDonald
Howie MacDonald is a fiddler who can easily fill a dance floor and a dance hall
Jennifer Roland Jennifer Roland is one of the many multi talented performers
Joe Peter MacLean Joe Peter MacLean from Boisdale Cape Breton is a Gaelic speaker and the music from his fiddle speaks Gaelic as well.
Joey Beaton Joey Beaton's heritage is closely linked with Cape Breton music.
Kimberley Fraser Kimberley Fraser has travelled to many parts of the world
Kinnon Beaton Kinnon Beaton comes from a long line of fiddlers from the Mabou area.
Lawrence Cameron Lawrence Cameron, like his mother is a noted piano player.
Leanne Aucoin Leanne Aucoin from Sydney Mines comes by the music honestly with music all around her.
Mac Morin Mac Morin, is in high demand as a piano player and accompanist.
Melody and Derrick Cameron Melody and Derrick Cameron make West Mabou their home.They are deeply involved in the music.
Natalie MacMaster Natalie MacMaster originally from Troy, Inverness County
Rachel Davis Rachel Davis is a young fiddler from Baddeck in Cape Breton.
Rodney MacDonald Rodney MacDonald is a Mabou fiddler whose family heritage is a great legacy for the music.
Shelly Campbell Shelly Campbell hails from West Bay Road, Cape Breton and has been playing music since a young age.
Stan Chapman Stan Chapman is credited with mentoring many of today's 'fiddle stars'
The Barra MacNeils The Sydney Mines six have been part of the Cape Breton cultural landscape
Theresa MacLellan Theresa MacLellan, often referred to as the 'First Lady of the Cape Breton Fiddle' comes from an admired family of musicians.
Tracy Dares MacNeil Tracy Dares MacNeil has been playing music for many years.
Troy MacGillivray Troy MacGillivray has become one of the most sought after performers of his generation.
Wendy MacIsaac Wendy MacIsaac hails from Creignish, Inverness County and is considered to be an excellent example of young performers who have kept the tradition of Cape Breton music alive.
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Annual Festival 2016

Cape Breton Fiddlers Host Annual Festival

St Ann's, Cape Breton- In Cape Breton and afar, fiddles are heard at times of celebration and sorrow. The very make-up 

of a good piece of fiddle music can take you through many emotions; it is one of the reasons Cape Breton fiddle music has been 

popularized around the globe. Thousands of tunes created by past and present Cape Breton fiddle composers are played in Russia

to the homeland of Scotland, PEI, across Canada, throughout the United States, and across Nova Scotia, for music has no boundaries. 


One can sense the magic of Cape Breton fiddle music when Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association hosts its 43rd annual 

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling on Saturday, August 20th, and Sunday, August 21st, 2016, on the grounds of the

iconic Gaelic College (Colaisde Gaidhlig) St. Ann's, Victoria County. 

 

The Festival begins with a series of Fiddle, Piano, and Stepdance workshops from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. under the 

direction of some of the Association's finest performers/instructors. Supper will be available at concession stands from 

5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by a ceilidh at 7:00 p.m. featuring wonderful fiddling, dancing, piping, and singing.

The evening ends with a square dance. 

 

On Sunday August 21st, the Gala Concert will once again be the highlight of the Festival with local, national, and international

performers. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. on the outdoor stage on the grounds of the Gaelic College. The concert features a rich 

line-up of fiddlers, piano players, bagpipers, singers, etc.

 

One of the Board Members, Betty Matheson says, "Many of our younger members will be featured on both days. Eddie Rodgers adds,

"We purposely highlight their talent and expertise; its exciting to see them shine in front of the audience." The concert will take 

place, rain shine, because of the historic Hall of the Clans is available in case of inclement weather. 

 

Full consession facilities will be available throughout the weekend with plenty of free parking.

For further information, contact: 902-849-8476, 902-295-3411, 1-800-565-0000

 

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