Ian MacDougall

Cape Breton

Ian MacDougall has become one of the most sought-after dance players on the island in recent years. With a style and repertoire that belies his young age, he fills dance halls with those eager for music and dancing. Those who hear him for the first time always comment on how “lively” a player he is and with what ease he is able to bring a dancer to their feet. He captured this style of playing live on his recordings From Foot Cape (2003) and Before You Arrived (2005). As well as being a player in high demand who has performed throughout Canada, the Eastern United States, and Scotland, Ian has become a great teacher in his own right. He has taken part in workshops for the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique and taught at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s and Ceòlas Festival in South Uist, Scotland. This year at the Festival, Ian will be performing with his uncle, Pius MacIsaac, as well as with celebrated Cape Breton piano players Hilda Chiasson and Tracey Dares MacNeil, and popular Scotsville guitar player Patrick Gillis.

Festival Performances

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