Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac plays the fiddle with an intensity, authenticity, and passion that is hard to deny. He learned his chops at an early age mentored by some of the legendary greats from around where he grew up, performing all over Cape Breton Island in halls, clubs, barns and kitchens. He 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 breakthrough album—Hi How Are You Today?—was released in the mid-1990s, Ashley has toured the world, presenting his music in a variety of styles and settings ranging from summer festival rock show to EDM party to classic traditional events. Whether he’s playing a square dance, making a television appearance, or hosting a livestreamed Quarantine Ceilidh, we always wait to see what Ashley will bring us next from his eclectic, yet deeply-rooted in traditional music, lifestyle. This year Ashley will be in his finest traditional form. Performing with some of Cape Breton’s best pianists, he’ll show us what the traditional Scottish culture of Inverness county has contributed to the area’s musical landscape.

Festival Performances

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