Cape Breton Fiddlers Association

‘Let the music fill your soul’

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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-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.


Thirty-eight members of the Association enjoyed the trip of a lifetime when we embarked on our Ambassador Tour of Ireland July 1st to July 11th.  The members played at the prestigious Willie Clancy School Festival and at Portstewart and enjoyed tunes at a pub owned by Matt Malloy.  We met some wonderful folks, and we connected again with friends Tony and Bernie Smith and Liz Doherty and her lovely family.  Our members were thrilled to hear such wonderful Irish fiddlers, dancers, singers, accordion players, whistle players, etc.  The highlight for many was our visit to the Crosskeys Inn, the oldest thatched roof pub in Ireland.  We were met there by a great group of Irish musicians and we played with them for the entire afternoon!  Another highlight for many was the visit to the Titanic Museum in Belfast.  It was magnificent.  There are so many awesome highlights that we could not describe all of them!  The participants  were fun loving and cheerful, and it made the trip much easier to manage for the Board Members!


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.