Rachel Davis

Cape Breton

Since being presented the Tic Butler Memorial Award during Celtic Colours in 2007, Rachel Davis’ music career has taken off. The fiddler and singer from Baddeck, was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson award, leading to the release of her debut album that year. She released her second album, Turns, in 2013 and was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. A dynamic player with great timing and a great lift to her music, Rachel is often called upon to share the stage with singer-songwriters like Buddy MacDonald, Carmel Mikol and Donnie Campbell. Rachel is a founding member of award-winning Cape Breton group Coìg and she spends her time between international festival stages and small local dances around home. In a genre that sees many performers pushing the envelope and testing new waters, her style of playing traditional tunes in a traditional way is a refreshing reminder of why the Cape Breton fiddle style drives so hard, and is so sought after. In addition to shows with Darren McMullen and Zakk Cormier, Rachel will share the stage with frequent partner in crime, Buddy MacDonald.

Festival Performances

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