Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association
For more than a generation, the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association has been dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Cape Breton fiddle music. They are the grass roots of Cape Breton's fiddle tradition and the keepers of the repertoire. The Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association was formed while preparing for the first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 1973. As discussions swirled around about the suggested decline of traditional Cape Breton violin music, the concert attracted more than 130 Cape Breton fiddlers to Glendale for one of the most memorable and influential concerts in Cape Breton history. Twenty-five years later, 202 fiddlers filled the stage at the Gaelic College for their silver anniversary. In 2013, commemorating the group's 40th anniversary, The Fiddlers were part of the closing show at Celtic Colours recognizing this milestone in the concert Forty Years Strong: A Celebration of Strings & Song that also paid tribute to the Cape Breton Chorale's 40th anniversary. The Association has played a nurturing role as well as a practical one over the years, hosting workshops, publishing tunes written by members, and presenting the now annual fiddle festival. Members of the Association include professional and amateur players, from Cape Breton Island and abroad. Cape Breton fiddle music is alive and well both on the Island and throughout the world, and the Cape Breton Fiddlers' Association is proud to have played a significant role in this resurgence.