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.
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Allan, Iain and Dr. Angus MacDonald were born in the tiny Gaelic-speaking township of Glenuig in Moidart. As pipers, Allan and “Dr. Angus” achieved the most competition success, each Highland Society of London Gold Medalists and winners of the Clasp at the Northern Meeting. Iain’s fame has come mainly from his work with folk groups, Ossian, The Battlefield Band and Wolfstone, and production credits for recordings by Julie Fowlis, Dàimh, Kathleen MacInnes and his brother Allan’s recordings with Margaret Stewart. The brothers are well-known for the Gaelic influence in their playing.
Matt was born in Cape Breton and started playing whistle and pipes when he was 10. He won the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal in Oban, Scotland 8 years later and at 19 started recording, playing and touring the US with celtic rock/fusion group Cuillin. Matt joined Natalie MacMaster’s band after Cuillin broke up, and played pipes, whistles, banjo, percussion and guitar, touring and appearing on several recordings. His own album, a stripped-bare solo recording of his main instrument, was released in 2005. After a stint with the Canadian Forces as a musician, Matt rejoined Natalie’s band earlier this year.
Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading youth arts companies. The organization aims to give young people the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture. This year Fèis Rois brings three graduates from its successful Ceilidh Trail program to Celtic Colours–Mischa Macpherson (Gaelic song & clarsach), Conal McDonagh (pipes & whistles) and Innes White (guitar & mandolin). These three talented young musicians met on The Ceilidh Trail and have gone on to win the 2014 Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award as the Mischa Macpherson Trio.
Comprised of five Cape Breton pipers – Paul K. MacNeil, Keith MacDonald, Rankin MacInnis, Kenneth MacKenzie, and Kevin Dugas – and formed by the Gaelic College, Nuallan seeks to represent, promote and explore the style of piping brought by Highland Gaels and developed over the past two hundred years here in Cape Breton Island. This rich style of playing had a strong focus on the rhythm and musicality of the music and an inherent link with the song and dance traditions of the Gaelic culture. Nuallan’s members are well-known individually for their rhythmic, musical playing and bringing them together to celebrate the importance of these connections was a natural fit.
A native of the North Shore, Cape Breton, Ryan MacDonald plays Highland and Small pipes. She was a long-time student and instructor at the Gaelic College and played with the Gaelic College Pipe Band when they won the World Pipe Band Championships. Ryan is a Professional-level Highland piper with firm grounding in Highland technique and tradition, but is equally at home in the freer styles of playing. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Beaton Sisters Band consists of sisters Dawn (fiddle and dance) and Margie (fiddle, piano and dance) Beaton. Piano-player extraordinaire, Jason Roach from Cheticamp, Cape Breton is a lively rhythm based soloist and accompanist with a powerful beat to keep the tunes cooking! Kenneth MacKenzie, from Mabou, Cape Breton is a piper and fiddler. His roots are strongly Gaelic and his piping styling is up-tempo, made perfect for any step-dancer. Together, these artists will have your toes tapping and your legs dancing!