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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Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors. His versatility has had him performing across Canada and the US and overseas from Switzerland to Australia. Troy’s first three albums – Eleven (2005), Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001) were each nominated for East Coast Music Awards. His fourth album, Live At The Music Room, won the 2008 ECMA Instrumental Recording of the Year and When Here Meets There, recorded with Shane Cook, was named 2009 ECMA Roots/Traditional Group Album of the Year.
The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future. Born in early 2011 in Halifax, they have since released five albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The group’s latest award-winning album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots, and bluegrass music. It shares forms and ideas from musical styles of the past, and tells the stories of a modern day troubador.
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!
Three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today–fiddler and violist Martin Hayes; flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford; and singer, guitarist, bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. But that whim turned into something wondrous for the audience and especially for the three musicians. Out of that informal, inspired encounter has emerged a formal, formidable new trio, the Teetotallers, whose potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination that will captivate followers of Irish traditional and other roots music everywhere.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is an exciting new trio featuring 3 top young fiddlers from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Anders Hall, Olav Luksegård Mjelva and Kevin Henderson have combined their three distinctive styles to create a new diverse sound.
Born and raised in West Bay Road, Inverness County, Shelly has been playing traditional Cape Breton music for more than eighteen years. Influenced by local fiddlers Stephanie Wills, Theresa MacLellan, Gertie Coffin and Alex Francis MacKay among others, Shelly is a popular player for dances and has taught Cape Breton style fiddling in workshops and private lessons throughout Cape Breton and in Scotland. Shelly also has an avid interest in the Gaelic language and its preservation in Cape Breton. Her playing is powerful, lively and graceful and deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up listening to.
This is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. Whether it’s the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane’s steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which will combine their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.