Ashley MacIsaac

Cape Breton

Ashley MacIsaac has made albums which run the gamut from traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, to boundary busting rock ‘n’ roll-styled fiddle arrangements, to fronting a full-on rock band as lead singer. Since his biggest critical success, Hi How Are You Today, was released 25 years ago, Ashley has toured the world—from the Acropolis to Carnegie Hall—and has presented his music in a variety of styles, from Summer Fest Rock shows to EDM and classic traditional events, whether a square dance or a television appearance. Through books and interviews, we always wait to see what Ashley will bring us next from his eclectic, yet rooted in traditional music, lifestyle. This year for Celtic Colours, he has come up with yet another new approach for his show which he describes as A/C Pop Celtic featuring harpist and vocalist Phamie Gow and others. Awarded an Honourary Doctorate from Cape Breton University in the spring of 2016, Ashley continues to surprise crowds, whether it’s a new sound with Jay Andrews (aka Sticks), or a traditional set with Maybelle Chisholm McQueen.

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