Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association
‘Let the music fill your soul’
Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association, 70 Station Street, Dominion, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, B1G 1W2
The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association was established in 1973.
It promotes traditional Cape Breton style music through fiddle, guitar, piano, singers, step dancers, and lovers of Cape Breton Fiddle Music.
Our practice sessions are over until September, but all members are diligently practicing at home for some exciting events that are coming up soon. Highland Village Day is on Saturday, August 6th, in beautiful Iona, beginning at 2:00 p.m. This year's concert is in honour of a great fiddler and emcee, the late Hector MacKenzie. He was a faithful member of the Association, and we are honoured to be opening this concert at 2:00 p.m. on the 6th
There is great excitement and anticipation within the Association because for the first time since COVID started, we are able to host our annual Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling at the beautiful grounds of the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s. Because of COVID, we were unable to continue this tradition, but now we can happily return to our roots in a spectacular manner. All activities will be happening between Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21. It will be a two-
In August of 2023, the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association will celebrate its 50th Anniversary! The Board of Directors is meeting on a regular basis as we speak to formulate plans for this milestone in our history. The unique heritage of our ancestors will be in full force during this momentous celebration. Many, many more details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. Please keep posted for upcoming announcements.
Thank you to the many, many members who have paid their registration fees this year. A note of gratitude also goes to those who have sent small donations to help with the expenses for the general fund. While we are not hosting concerts, etc., we still have our general operating expenses. For those who have not paid their dues, please consider doing this in the near future.
The Association has lost several faithful members since January of this year. Their contributions to the organization are invaluable. As well, many of our members have lost loved ones, and we mourn with them. The Board of Directors lost a wonderful member when Isabel MacGillivray passed away. She will be sorely missed by all. We also lost Sandy MacIntyre, Glengarry members Don and Ann MacPhee, Angus MacIsaac, Peter Clements, and Hector MacKenzie. Sincere sympathy to Faye MacIntyre and her family on the loss of her husband, Alex MacIntyre, to John Donald Cameron on the loss of his wife, Rose, and to Margie and John MacIntyre on the loss of her mother, Edith Rebecca Ripley.