Upcoming shows

Date Wednesday October 14th 7:30 PM
Show Way Up Down North
Venue North Highlands Elementary

Upcoming workshops

Date Friday October 16th 10:30 AM
Workshop CBC Mainstreet Live
Venue Knox Presbyterian Church

Paul Cranford

Cape Breton

Over the years fiddler Paul Cranford has published thousands of tunes, both old and new, in books, online, and in “Fiddler’s Corner”, a regular feature in Baddeck’s newspaper The Victoria Standard. In 2011 he collaborated with Celtic Colours to create The Celtic Colours Collection a book celebrating music made at and for the festival during its first 15 years. Since then he has published two more tune books, The Cape Breton Scottish Collection and The Cape Breton Highland Collection--compilations which reflect older Scottish music played in Cape Breton. In 2015, Paul was appointed patron of World Fiddle Day, a position that honours both him and the music of Cape Breton. Now retired, Paul spent 34 years as a lighthouse keeper. The isolation allowed him time to practice, to research older music and to compose. During his months off the light, he traveled Cape Breton widely, visiting and staying in the homes of dozens of older musicians who took time to teach him. A prolific composer, Paul’s tunes are played in sessions world-wide and can be heard on many recordings. His book, The Lighthouse Collection, features over 250 of his original melodies. In addition to solo performances with both Mario Colosimo and Doug MacPhee, Paul plays with his wife Sarah Beck and with the local group Rocky Shore.