North Atlantic Drift


The North Atlantic Drift is the water current that runs between the East Coast of North America and the West Coast of Europe and Ireland. The music of North Atlantic Drift reflects this, following a centuries-long tradition of the trading of music and musical styles between Ireland, Scotland and the East Coast of Canada. Brian Taheny from Sligo, Ireland, Dan MacDonald from Cape Breton, and Ross Griffiths from the Ontario bagpiping tradition form this particular trading triangle and the product is a multi-instrumental, multi-styled Celtic sound that is truly Canadian in its diversity.

North Atlantic Drift formed in Toronto when highland / uilleann piper Ross Griffiths, fiddler Dan MacDonald, and fiddle / guitar / banjo player Brian Taheny got together to explore the possibilities of combining Scottish and Irish music with a variety of instrumental combinations. It is this multi-instrumentalism that defines the group. North Atlantic Drift is an entire Celtic orchestra in a trio. In one sitting you'll hear Cape Breton fiddle, Sligo fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, uilleann pipes, highland pipes, whistles and bodhran, Scottish tunes on the uilleann pipes and banjo, Irish tunes on the highland pipes and in a Scottish or Cape Breton style... and vice versa.

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