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The latest news from the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association.

Festival 2017

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling 2017

Sponsored by the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association


Gaelic College

St. Ann’s, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


Saturday, August 19th, 2017


Workshops: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fiddle (Ashley MacIsaac, Dara Smith), Piano (Lawrence Cameron), Step-dance (Cheryl MacQuarrie) 

Click here for instructor information

All workshops run concurrently; beginner and advanced levels for step-dance, beginner-intermediate and advanced fiddle, prior experience required for piano. 

Cost: $15.00 per person


Supper available for sale: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Concert/Square Dance

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Admission $5.00 and children under 12 free)

Followed by a square dance!


Sunday, August 20th, 2017


Finale Concert: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(Featuring the best of local, national and international talent)  

Cost: $15.00


Full concession facilities are available through concert times, and there will be plenty of free parking!  For further information, please call:


902-849-8476 ~ 902-295-3411 ~ 1-800-565-0000


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Super Prize Ticket Winners


Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Trip to Glengarry, 2017

Winners of Super Prize Tickets

The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association thanks everyone who supported it during its Super Prize Tickets Draw. This includes all who contributed items or services and all who sold and purchased tickets. The winners are listed below:

1st PrizeJohn Strasser

Four rounds of Golf at Cabot Links ($800.00)

One night at Celtic Quay (Nov-June) ($200.00)


2nd PrizeMylene Ouellette

Two nights accommodation at two well-known resorts on the Mainland


3rd PrizeMark Farrow

Golf at Dundee Golf Course $200.00

Beautiful hand painted picture of fiddle, tune, etc.


4th PrizeDan MacDonald

Two tickets to Celtic Colours concert ($60.00)

Accommodations in Whycocomagh area ($100.00)

Meal for two in Whycocomagh area


5th PrizeGert Doran

Cape Breton Basket with various items, valued at $100.00

Handmade Cape Breton Tote Bag

Handmade wooden craft


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


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


Sunday, December 3, 2017 ----- All members and their families/friends are invited to attend our annual Christmas Ceilidh beginning at 2:30 p.m.

We are having a Potluck meal. Per usual, we are asking everyone to bring something along to help with the meal. Items could include hot or cold meat dishes, salads, casseroles, rolls, sweets, etc., etc.! Many, many volunteers are needed in the kitchen that day.

We will be having a regular practice session starting at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Christmas Carol singsong. Guitar players, please take your instrument along for this. There will be gifts for good little boys and girls and all kinds of candy and Christmas goodies.


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, May 6th, 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!


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