Allan’s background in the Cape Breton musical tradition is the backbone of his ability to accompany any fiddler, past and present—from Carl MacKenzie, Buddy MacMaster, Rodney MacDonald, Howie MacDonald, John Morris Rankin and John Pellerin to the new generation fiddlers including Troy MacGillivray and Shelly Campbell—for dances and ceilidhs. Allan has toured all over the world with Jerry Holland and others and was a full time member of Natalie MacMaster’s band for five years. Allan is Music Director at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and spends his time accompanying local fiddlers at dances, and in pubs and theatres.
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Brad Davidge is a very exciting, versatile player, full of energy and soul, a combination that is not easy to come by. His songwriting abilities are that of a true craftsman, mature yet current, and his vocal abilities are endless, possessing a 4-octave range, with both power and subtlety on demand. Brad has received coast-to-coast acclaim, including Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Award nominations. The Toronto-born, Newfoundland-raised guitarist/singer/songwriter joined Terry Kelly’s touring band after graduating from the St. F. X. music program and he has toured and recorded extensively with Natalie MacMaster and Mary Jane Lamond.
Darren McMullen is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. His list of instruments includes mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. He has released three solo albums and been busy touring and performing with a wide range of bands including the Rankins, J.P. Cormier, Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, David Francey, Gillian Boucher, Troy MacGillivray, and Andrea Beaton. Darren also plays in Sprag Session, Còig, and fronts his own Darren McMullen Band.
Internationally recognized as a master of stringed instruments, Dave MacIsaac is a musician’s musician. He plays traditional fiddle tunes with fiery passion, and his stunning guitar playing, whether solo or as accompaniment, is industry legend. Always interested in expanding his knowledge of Celtic music, Dave has thousands of recordings of Cape Breton traditional music. He also possesses an archival knowledge of tunes, and is often called upon to name that tune for recordings, as well as being in high demand for session work. John Allan Cameron often stated that, “If a cod fish had strings… Dave MacIsaac could play it!”
Dara Smith-MacDonald, originally from Antigonish, began playing the fiddle at the age of 12. For the past number of years she has been playing at concerts, dances and ceilidhs and teaching fiddle lessons both in her home and over Skype to students from Canada, the USA and Scotland. She has also been teaching fiddle at the Gaelic College for over a decade. Throughout her years playing music, she has traveled to all the Atlantic Provinces to perform and teach as well as parts of the United States.
In Laura Smith’s music, real emotions ebb and flow. Your heart is in her capable hands, and likewise, she has entrusted you with hers. As she sings, her strong, melodious voice waves and catches, snagging on a scar here and there, surfing on a wonder, staring down a riddle. As you listen, the two of you go along together; brave and surfacing; calm and inquisitive. Laura has won ECMAs and a Gemini Award, and her song “Shade Of Your Love” was one of the most played songs in Canada. We look forward to hearing her team up with guitarist Tony McManus at Celtic Colours this year.
Singing in English, Scottish Gaelic and Irish, Lewis MacKinnon performs regularly as a solo artist and as a member of the East Coast group, the Jug in Hand Band. Playing rhythm guitar, MacKinnon has shared his powerful baritone voice with audiences in the coffee shops, pubs and concert halls of Eastern Canada, New England, Scotland and Ireland. In 2006 he released an all Gaelic recording titled, A’ Seo (“Here”) which earned him an ECMA nomination in the Roots/Traditional category. In 2010, he completed his first all-English solo recording, titled “Making More Of It”.
Since the group’s inception in 1977, McGinty has been a mainstay on the East Coast music scene. As ambassadors for Nova Scotia music and good times, they have performed all over the world. Strong vocal arrangements rooted in an East Coast culture are the hallmarks of McGinty music and they have shared the stage with the likes of John Prine, Liam Clancy and The Chieftans. McGinty have a way of making the smallest pub feel like a concert or the largest festival feel like a kitchen party.