Zach MacLean

Cape Breton

Zach MacLean
Zach MacLean is a Cape Breton-born guitarist now based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Having grown up in a musical family, he started out strumming guitar along with relatives who played everything from fiddles to bodhrans. For several years, he studied bagpipes and briefly played with the Gaelic College Pipeband, but his instrument of choice was always the guitar. After deciding to make it his primary instrument, he enrolled at St. Francis Xavier University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Music. MacLean was a regular member of The Tom Fun Orchestra, Rock Ranger, and Carleton Stone’s band before moving from Cape Breton to the mainland. He started writing and releasing music with Halifax-based band Young River, and eventually became a steady guitarist for Adam Baldwin, Mo Kenney, and the Town Heroes. MacLean currently resides in Dartmouth, NS and, when time allows, still plays the role of guitarist-for-hire. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Gordie Sampson, Matt Mays, Willie Nile, Dwight Twilley, Elliot Murphy, Alejandro Escovedo, David Lowery, and Art Bergman.

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