Adam Young

Cape Breton

Adam Young

For the past two decades, Adam Young has been bringing his particular style of Cape Breton piano accompaniment to audiences around the world. Deeply-rooted in the traditional fiddle and bagpipe music of the Island’s Scottish settlers, the Cape Breton piano style has evolved over the past century, incorporating subtle elements of jazz and popular music, while still maintaining that unique “Cape Breton” sound. Adam’s music continues that stylistic evolution with his new double album, Yearbook. Featuring arrangements inspired by everything from bluegrass to doo-wop, New Orleans jazz to 8-bit video games, and modern disco to classical, each track was also recorded with traditional arrangements. Primarily known as an accompanist, Adam first stepped out of that role with Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, a popular music and comedy revue that he created and directed, which has seen close to 400 performances since 2002. He still plays regularly at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances, and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. He can also be heard on a number of recordings, including The Lake Sessions (2017) and Island (2019), both with Dara Smith-MacDonald and Brent Chaisson.

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