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.

Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association, 70 Station Street, Dominion, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, B1G 1W2

(902) 849-8476

(902) 842-1039

Cape Breton Fiddlers Association

‘Let the music fill your soul’

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The members of the Association are getting back into full swing now!  There is a practice/ceilidh on Sunday, May 15th, in beautiful MacKenzie Hall at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s.  All members and their guests are welcome to attend this.  The practice begins at 2:30 p.m., and it continues until 5:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for all members to go over tunes they may have forgotten over the COVID period.  Masks are mandatory.  There is another practice on Sunday, June 12th as well.


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-day extravaganza of fiddling, piano playing, piping, dancing, singing, guitar playing, etc.   More details will follow as the weeks go on until August!  


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.


Several of our members are taking a trip of a lifetime in July of this summer!  We are going on an Ireland Ambassador Tour!  From July1 until July 11, we will be travelling to such famous places as Dublin, Galway, Donegal, Derry, Belfast, etc., etc.  As well, we will be performing at the prestigious Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (one of the largest music schools in Ireland) and at a well-known seaside resort area, Portstewart.  It will truly be a trip of music, friendship, and lasting memories.


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.