The Pellerin Brothers

Nova Scotia

The Pellerin Brothers

Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, The Highland Heart of Nova Scotia. Bill started step dancing at six years old and John at four. They were instructed by Margaret Dunn, Ellen (MacPherson) MacIntyre, Garry (MacPherson) Fidler, and the late Rev. Angus MacDonnell. John began playing the violin at the age of 10 under the direction of Stan Chapman. Both Bill and John acquired a great wealth of music through family. Their father Kenneth is a fiddler. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother was a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought Bill and John throughout Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Both have had the opportunity to perform alongside Winnie Chafe, Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Buddy MacMaster, and John Morris Rankin among others. They have been dancing for 51 years and love dancing and performing as much today as they did from the beginning.

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