Fin Moore is a piper, born and bred. He plays the Highland pipes, Border pipes and Scottish Small Pipes and works with his father, Hamish, as a very successful pipe maker. They have nearly made 1000 sets of pipes. Fin has played solo and with bands including, Dannsa, Slainte Mhath, and Back of the Moon, winners at the Scottish traditional music awards 2003. Fin is currently playing with Dannsa, and Sarah Hoy as part of a fiddle and pipes duo, and working on new venture with 3 other pipers on reproductions of 18th Century Highland pipes playing traditional Scottish tunes.
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Whether performing with her full band in front of thousands, as a vibrant acoustic duo with guitarist Seph Peters or solo in a kitchen of her native Inverness County playing the old tunes of her ancestors, Gillian never ceases to inspire with the dynamic expression of her music. On stage or in the classroom, Gillian is most comfortable with violin in hand and has been since the age of 10. An avid explorer, she has toured throughout Turkey, Scotland, England, Canada and New Zealand. Gillian will be accompanied by Seph Peters on guitar at the Festival this year.
Harvey was raised in Port Hastings, Cape Breton. He began step-dancing at 14 and was soon dancing on the summer Scottish concert circuit. Besides being an accomplished dancer, Harvey is also in demand as an instructor. He has performed and taught in many parts of Canada, the US, and Europe, including University College Cork in Ireland, Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College in Skye, Feis Ross in Ullapool, and Ceòlas in the Hebrides. Although primarily known as a dancer, Harvey is also an accomplished piano accompanist who has played with a number of Cape Breton fiddlers.
Harvey MacKinnon is a well-respected and influential step-dancer from Inverness County. His dancing has been featured far and wide, including an appearance on Don Messer’s Jubilee on September 28, 1959 to the fiddling of Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald!
Hilda Chiasson is one of the most sought after piano players of this generation and has played on more than 50 recordings in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and the US. A native of Cheticamp where she played for dances and recorded since she was a teenager, Hilda is also a very good step dancer and has played and recorded with a who’s who of Cape Breton fiddlers including Winston Scotty Fitzgerald, Donald Angus Beaton, Jerry Holland, Carl MacKenzie and J.P. Cormier. Hilda has performed throughout Canada, the US, Scotland, Ireland and Denmark as well as in Dubai, Bahrain, and Afghanistan.
Joe Rankin has been a stalwart of the dance scene ever since his youth. Noted for his energetic style, Joe represents a long line of talented dancers in his bloodline, learning from his mother, Christy Rankin. Born in Mabou Harbour, Joe has performed at many Cape Breton festivals and dances over the years.
Joël Chiasson is a veteran piano player from Cheticamp, Cape Breton. Citing Hilda Chiasson as his biggest influence, Joël has provided piano accompaniment on more than 25 recordings by artists including Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Buddy MacMaster and Andrea Beaton over the past 20 years. In the late 1990s, Joël toured extensively with Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Today Joël lives in Sydney with his family and works as a school teacher, but thankfully he still manages to get out and play for concerts and dances in and around Cape Breton.
Jennifer has been wowing audiences in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, England, Scotland, the Arctic and all across Canada and the US for years. Jennifer’s performances are always filled with emotion and energy, and she has three albums to her credit—two of which earned her East Coast Music Award nominations in the Instrumental Recording of the Year category (2001, 2007). Jennifer continues to tour, compose music and owns and operates her own school of music in Dance. Jennifer’s band includes Jason Kempt (piano), Keith Mullins (percussion), Lyndon MacKenzie (guitar), and Mark macIntyre (bass).