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Susan MacLean

Cape Breton

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Susan MacLean was born and raised in Washabuck and now resides in the Sydney area. She is a well-known Cape Breton musician. She has been a regular performer at the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs since their inception. She has performed with various Cape Breton musicians at dances, concerts and house rackets and has taught Cape Breton style piano accompaniment for many years at St. Ann's Gaelic College. Susan plays the fiddle as well and writes music. Her composition "Grandma Rose” is featured on the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidh CD. She is a long-time member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association and recently toured Scotland accompanying the Association members on their 35th Anniversary excursion.

Susan's enthusiasm for Cape Breton style piano comes from influences within her own extended musical family. She credits much of her success to the encouragement of her late grandfather, Michael Anthony MacLean, who was a well-known dance player. Brothers Carl and Hector MacKenzie are her well-known fiddling uncles and the Barra MacNeils are close cousins.

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