During the last forty years, Sydney Mines native Allie Bennett has worked with John Allan Cameron, Rita MacNeil, Murray McLauchlan, The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Howie MacDonald, Ashley MacIsaac, Raylene Rankin, Stan Rogers, and many more. The fiddle, guitar, and bass player, who also sings, has toured Canada, the U.S., Britain, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and has over 150 album projects to his credit as a studio musician. Frequently called on to play the role of musical director and band-leader for events like the East Coast Music Awards, the Cape Breton Summertime Revue, The Rise & Follies of Cape Breton Island and Howie's Celtic Brew, Allie has won East Coast Music Awards for co-producing Dave Gunning’s "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron" and the prestigious Musician’s Achievement Award. Allie has released two albums of his own and operates a private music school teaching fiddle and guitar as well as continuing to work as a studio and touring musician. This year at Celtic Colours, he makes his debut at the Guitar Summit and is working with David Milligan and Corrina Hewat arranging and directing the Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours.