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 within the fiddle and bagpipe music tradition 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. His award-winning latest album, Yearbook, features original compositions and arrangements inspired by everything from bluegrass to doo-wop, New Orleans jazz to 8-bit video games, and modern disco to classical music. 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 US, the UK, and Australia, with the likes of Colin Grant, Còig, Dara Smith-MacDonald, Anita MacDonald, and Jennifer Roland. Adam can be heard on recordings with Dara Smith-MacDonald and Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald, Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon, and the Scottish/Austrian fiddle and bagpipe duo Jamie MacDonald and Christian Gamauf, and Scottish fiddler Isla Ratcliff.

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