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

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 Welcome everyone to the 50th Anniversary of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association

It’s an exciting 2023 year for the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association!  Various activities are planned throughout the year around the eastern counties of Nova Scotia culminating in a blowout 50th Anniversary extravaganza at the beautiful Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Cape Breton.

Click here for full details for the ‘Festival of Fiddling weekend’

Friday evening, August 18th, will begin with a meal and a giant jam session, for fiddlers and musicians from all over the world.  Saturday morning, August 19th , after viewing the 1973 Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler documentary, all those in attendance will get the opportunity to speak with senior members of the board along with the author of the Vanishing Cape Breton Fiddler, Ron MacInnis. 

From 2pm – 5pm workshops in fiddling, piano accompaniment, and step-dancing will be conducted by some of Cape Breton’s best.  The day will continue with an evening concert from 7-10 with a square dance to follow.

Sunday, August 20th, the late morning will begin with a tune sharing session highlighting tunes from around the world hosted by yet another one of Cape Breton’s finest fiddlers. The five hour gala finale concert will begin at 2 pm on the grounds of the Gaelic College. We will feature artists from around the world including various parts of Canada, United States and parts of Ireland and Scotland.  At 4:00 p.m. or so, all fiddlers on the grounds of the beautiful Gaelic College will be playing the same sets of tunes at the same time. The tune set chosen for this particular venture is from the original 1973 festival in Glendale – Juanita’s Jig Set.

The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association will be playing various sets of tunes throughout the concert which can be found on our website. You are more than welcome to join in on any of these sets.  This concert, along with fiddlers from all parts of the globe, will feature more variety with singers, dancers, piano players and pipers.

We are also hoping to feature a set of Old Time fiddle tunes that will be performed during this gala concert and this set will be arranged by Kimberley Holmes.

Food concessions will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. There is plenty of free parking.  Bring a chair or blanket.

We invite you and your fiddling friends to come join us in this milestone anniversary celebration.  Please check out our website and social media pages for on-going updates and more information.