Upcoming shows

Date Sunday October 11th 2:00 PM
Show Pipers' Ceilidh
Venue Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College
Date Tuesday October 13th 7:30 PM
Show Close to the Floor
Venue Strathspey Place

Kenneth MacKenzie

Cape Breton

Raised in a Gaelic speaking and very musical family in Mabou, Cape Breton, Kenneth has been immersed in the Scottish language and culture since birth. He has been piping and teaching at dances, concerts and festivals all over the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario, Scotland and beyond for several years now and counts well known pipers John MacLean, Iain MacDonald and Angus MacKenzie, his older brother as his biggest musical influences. Kenneth has gained a reputation as being one of the finest fiddlers and pipers playing in Cape Breton today. His lively, musical playing has him much in demand for sessions and dances, and he has performed and recorded with artists such as Beòlach, Mary Jane Lamond, the Beaton Sisters Band with whom he has toured North America and Europe. Kenneth is well-known for his lively traditional style and for the strong Gaelic flavor to his playing. Being a native Gaelic speaker and having spent a year studying the language at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Kenneth has a deep interest in the language and in its preservation. Kenneth released his first album, with his brother Angus, in 2010 with the assistance of Festival Volunteer Drive’er Association.