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The latest news from the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


It's a big year for the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association as we celebrate Canada 150th and plan a trip to the Glengarry Highland Games. Check back here often to find information on dates of our practices, concerts, and fundraisers.


Friday, June 30, 2017 ----- Return of the Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler at Strathspey Performing Arts Centre, Mabou beginning at 7:30 pm. This will include performances from the entire group, some individual performances, as well as some clips from the documentary. Fiddlers performing that evening need not buy tickets, but everyone else can purchase tickets online at or can call the box office (902)945-5300 to reserve your tickets.


Sunday, July 2, 2017 ----- Afternoon ceilidh at Frolic'n Folk Pub in Iona 2-5pm. *This is a fundraiser for the trip to Glengarry. Featured performers include Dara MacDonald, Mckayla MacNeil, Adam Young, Stephanie MacDonald, Mike Barron, and Susan MacLean. Admission is by donation.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017 ----- KitchenFest at Gaelic College 7-9pm.


Sunday, July 23, 2017 ----- Concert in Boisdale at the firehall from 2-4:30pm.


Weekend of Tunes

The Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association is committed to playing at many concerts, dances, and events in 2017.  An opportunity will be offered to those musicians who feel they would like some concentrated effort spent on the sets for 2017.  While many of the sets are familiar to you, you have not been formally played them as sets for a while, and some are brand new, such as Canada 150 set (first tune composed by Kinnon Beaton); Thanks so much, Kinnon!
We have asked the College to make Saturday, April 29th, available to us so we can accommodate those of you who wish to take advantage of this offer.  We will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  There will be three or four instructors who will guide you through two sets each.  When you are comfortable with the first two sets, you will move on, etc.  This will be done in a very informal, relaxed atmosphere that you will enjoy.  Closing time will be late in the afternoon if you are not staying for the night, as some of us are!
This Saturday session is not geared for those who already know the tunes; it is for those who want to learn them at a slower pace.  Those who do know the sets are welcome to attend, but please realize the sets will be played at a slower pace, as mentioned. 
This day was selected because it is the day before our first practice of the year!  Some of us are planning to stay the night at the College, and I hope some of you will join us! Think about this offer for a while.  It is a great way to learn new tunes, get to know each other better, and have a ceilidh in the evening on Saturday!
If you have any questions, please contact Betty Matheson.  


Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association Celebrates Canada 150

Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association Hosts Annual Festival




Witness the magic of Cape Breton fiddle music when the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association hosts its 44th annual Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th on the grounds of the beautiful Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Victoria County.


Fiddlers will perform new and old tunes. You will hear compositions of Dan R. MacDonald, Dan H. MacEachern, Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert, Kinnon Beaton, etc. The music of old-country composers such as Neil Gow, James Scott Skinner, will also be played. These compositions are unique features in the repertoire of the Cape Breton fiddler. Together with our fiddlers at the festival, we will also showcase dancers, pianists, vocalists, guitarists, and pipers. This year we will also be joined by a dulcimer player and his band!


The Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling 2017 begins with a series of fiddle, piano, and stepdance workshops on Saturday, August 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. These workshops will be conducted by some of the Association’s finest performers/instructors. As in the past, Saturday evening will begin with a concert, followed by a traditional ceilidh in MacKenzie Hall. During this ceilidh, time will be allotted for those performers who are visitors to our events as well as our own musicians.


The Finale Concert on Sunday, August 20th, will take place at the Performance Centre on the field overlooking beautiful St. Ann’s Bay. Musicians from across Cape Breton Island, throughout mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and other parts of Canada and the United States will assemble on the grounds of the Gaelic College to participate in this annual tradition. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.


Betty Matheson, Committee Spokesperson, says “we are looking forward to this year’s festival, especially to help Canada celebrate a milestone. To mark this occasion, we are pleased to announce that one of our local well-known fiddlers, Kinnon Beaton, has prepared a special tune to be included among the strathspeys and reels. Kinnon’s tune, Canada 150, is a fantastic addition to our repertoire. Come out and enjoy hearing all the music of the past and the future!


About the Gaelic College!




Gaelic College-Colaisde Na Gaidhlig - 77 years & counting 

A non-profit organization offering year round programming in the culture of music, language, crafts, customs and traditions of the immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. The only institution of its kind in North America, students of all ages and skill levels visit the college every year to study under some of the finests instructors in Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. 

Currently, students who are able to choose to study from over 10 traditional arts, including Cape Breton fiddle, piano, guitar, step-dancing and piping, highland, dancing, weaving and of course Gaelic language. 



Located on the Cabot trail, minutes away from the village of Baddeck, just an hour away from the Canso Causeway that leads you onto Cape Breton Island, take the trans Canada Highway 105 and keep an eye out got exit 11. 

51779, Cabot Trail

Englishtown, NS 

B0C 1H0



Places to stay nearby

 Ceilidh Country Lodge, Baddeck 

10.7 miles from the Gaelic College 

369 Shore Rd. 



Silver Dart Lodge, Baddeck


11 miles from the Gaelic College 

257 Shore Rd.


Auberge Giseles Inn, Baddeck

10.7 miles from the Gaelic College

387 Shore Rd. 

(902) 295-2849

Bellview Luxury Suites, Baddeck 

9.7 miles from the Gaelic College

713 Bay Rd



The Waters Edge Inn & Gallery, Baddeck

10.3 miles from the Gaelic College

22 Water St. 



Lynwood Inn, Baddeck



10.5 Miles from the Gaelic College 

441 Shore Rd. 




Places to eat nearby: 


Baddeck Lobster Supper


17 Ross Street

Reservations recommended for a parties of 10 or more 



Toms Pizza

464 Chebucto St



Yellow Cello Cafe 

525 Chebucto St. 



Kissing Cod 

1 Jones St. 



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