A leading light in the Gaelic musical scene, Allan MacDonald is in demand internationally as a composer, musical director, piper, singer, workshop leader, and lecturer on Gaelic music. One of his myriad gifts is to make pibroch accessible and lovable. His work as a scholar-performer reuniting seventeenth-century piping with its Gaelic roots is influencing a whole generation of pipers. No stranger to Cape Breton and Celtic Colours, Allan has played the Festival many times in the past, from the early days with Margaret Stewart to performances on his own and with his brothers Iain and Dr. Angus, and with the Scottish piping group Seudan. This year he returns with Seudan and will also play a number or two from John MacDougall's Tunebook, in tribute to the prolific Cape Breton composer.