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Kevin Dugas

Cape Breton

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Born in Inverness, Cape Breton, Kevin has been playing the great highland bagpipe for 19 years, starting at the age of 10. His early piping career was heavily influenced by many great tutors at the Gaelic College summer school. These individuals include John MacLean, Ed Neigh, Michael Grey, and the late Alasdair Gillies. Kevin's current piping tutor is Bruce Gandy from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He competes at the professional level in individual piping solos and in band competitions with the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel grade 1 pipe band.

With respect to family traditions, Kevin has been inspired since a young age by Scottish traditional musicians among his MacDonnell family roots and Acadian musicians among his Dugas roots in Digby County, Nova Scotia. Many renowned local musicians have also provided much inspiration over the years, including Inverness County musicians Kinnon Beaton, Andrea Beaton, Dougie MacDonald and Glenn Graham. Kevin enjoys attending square dances throughout Inverness County and playing for square sets whenever possible. He has previously recorded with the great Cape Breton piano player Mac Morin on his solo album.

Kevin is currently the new Director of School Operations at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College. He will oversee all educational programming and partnerships at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.

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