Wednesday October 16thFor Alex Francis - SOLD OUT – St. Mary's Parish Hall
Doug's introduction to the Cape Breton Fiddle was an impromptu lesson by Natalie MacMaster in his Aunt Patricia's kitchen when he was just 6 years old. He then studied Classical, Cape Breton, and Traditional Irish music for the next decade with faculty and students in the Wheaton College Music Deptartment in his home town of Norton, Massachusetts. For most of that time, his teacher was Wheaton's Director of World Music, Sheila Falls Keohane. During that period Doug also attended The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton, The Ceilidh Trail School of Music in Inverness, Cape Breton, Boston College's Gaelic Roots Summer School in Boston, MA and The Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in San Francisco, CA. These opportunities allowed Doug to study with such renowned fiddlers such as Buddy MacMaster, John Campbell, Jerry Holland, Carl MacKenzie, Sandy MacIntyre, Seamus Connolly, Alasdair Fraser and many more.
Doug has performed at many concerts and festivals over the years, locally and throughout North America including The Lowell Folk Festival, Celtic Colours International Festival, The Washington D.C. Irish Festival and The New Hampshire Highland Games. He has performed live on Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Sojourn - WGBH Radio Boston, as well as NECN's CoffeeHouse and Bob MacEachern's Highland Fling on 101.5 The Hawk, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.
He currently resides in Glendale, Nova Scotia playing informally as much as possible as well as performing on stage whenever called upon. He is working locally, and just released his first solo album titled "A Step Back in Time" featuring Sandy MacDonald, Jeff MacDonald, Johnny MacDonald, Kaitlin Lamey, Allan Dewar and Natalie Haas.