MacKenzie Brothers

Cape Breton

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The MacKenzie brothers grew up in a Gaelic-speaking household in Mabou and the Gaelic culture has been an integral part of life from the early years. Kenneth plays highland pipes, border pipes and fiddle. He performs regularly with the Beaton Sisters Band and a host of other Cape Bretoners. Angus lives in Scotland and plays pipes and whistles with the high-energy bands Daimh and Seudan. In 2010, they were awarded the Celtic Colours Volunteer Drive'ers “Big Sampie” award and made their first record as a group, Piob Is Fidheal (Pipes & Fiddle). Calum guests on the record playing piano.

Sons of Ronald, Raghnall Aonghais Raghnaill Chlachair a’ Gearradh Bhailteas, from South Uist, Scotland, their paternal grandmother was from the Curries of South Uist who were a family of significant cultural importance especially in piping. Their late mother, Maureen Rankin of Mabou, was a daughter of Archie Rankin who was descended from John Rankin known as ‘John the Immigrant’ who left Lochaber in Scotland in 1801 and was one of the Mabou Pioneers.

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