Anita MacDonald & Ben Miller

Cape Breton

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Anita MacDonald is a musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family and her teachers throughout the years. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond.

Ben Miller is a player of Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, and highland pipes, whose repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure.

Deeply rooted into the bedrock of tradition, stemming from the Scottish Gaelic dance-music of the Western Isles and the Canadian Maritimes, Ben and Anita create a rich pipe-driven sound. Together they balance the fiery sounds of the pipes and fiddle (Ben Miller – New York & Anita MacDonald – Cape Breton), with subtle and sympathetic rhythm guitar (Koady Chaisson - PEI / Boyd MacNeil - CB), and the lush, ethereal sounds of the Scottish harp (Dominique Dodge – Vermont). This fresh and talented quartet pairs driving dance tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs, bringing their listeners a powerful combination of passion and grace.

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