Born and raised in West Bay Road, Inverness County, Shelly has been playing traditional Cape Breton music for more than 20 years. She was influenced by local fiddlers Stephanie Wills, Theresa MacLellan, Gertie Coffin and Alex Francis MacKay to name a few. Shelly has been playing local concerts, pubs and festivals and is a popular player for dances. Although she usually stays close to home, Shelly has taught and played throughout the Maritimes, Ontario, Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. Shelly also has an avid interest in the Gaelic language and its preservation in Cape Breton and continues to work on her own fluency. She is currently teaching Junior High School math and science as well as Gaelic language grades 4-9. Shelly teaches private and group lessons and has been involved in the development of Fèis Cheap Breatuinn which is seeking to provide more opportunity for lessons and mentorship in traditional music, dance and language throughout Cape Breton. Shelly’s playing is powerful, lively and graceful and deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up listening to.