Dara Smith-MacDonald

Nova Scotia

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Dara Smith-MacDonald, originally from Antigonish, now residing in Port Hawkesbury, began playing the fiddle at the age of 12. For the past number of years she has been playing at concerts, dances and ceilidhs and teaching fiddle lessons both in her home and over Skype to students from Canada, the USA and Scotland. Over the past ten years, she has been teaching fiddle at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at both the March Break and Summer School Sessions. Throughout her years playing music, she has traveled to all the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and throughout the United Stated to perform and teach.

In January 2011 she released her debut CD entitled “Connections.” The CD is a compilation of some traditional favourites as well as some of her own compositions. She is joined on this CD by Adam Young from Marion Bridge, and Junior Fraser, a native of Antigonish.

Dara also attended St. F. X. University where she obtained a degree in Arts (English/History) and Education. She recently completed her Masters in Education. Dara lives in Cape Breton with her husband and is a school teacher.

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