Harvey MacKinnon

Cape Breton

Harvey MacKinnon is a fine old-style stepdancer in the Cape Breton tradition. He may have inherited his love of traditional Cape Breton music from his father, Neil MacKinnon, who was a fiddler in his young days. When he was nineteen years old, Harvey began teaching himself to stepdance.
A year later, he was already in demand as a performer. Over the years, he has stepdanced for countless concerts, ceilidhs and dances in the Cape Breton area. During the 1960’s, Harvey appeared several times on the Don Messer television program, dancing to the music of the famous fiddler, Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald. He also appeared as a dancer in the 1978 movie, “The Third Walker.”

He has travelled to numerous festivals outside of his native Cape Breton, including the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island where he performed with many well known musicians. As an adult, Harvey started pick up the fiddle. He often performs at ceilidhs at Blues Mill, near his home in Whycocomagh. He continues to be a favourite dancer and is frequently called upon to perform wherever Cape Breton fiddle music is performed.

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