Rodney MacDonald

Cape Breton

Honourable Rodney J. MacDonald is an accomplished recording artist, composer, and step dancer. MacDonald comes from a family of musicians who are known for their traditional “Mabou Coal Mines” fiddle style, drive, compositions, and timing. His first recording, Dancer’s Delight, was followed by Traditionally Rockin’, recorded with his cousin Dr. Glenn Graham. He can also be heard on such compilations as the Smithsonian release, The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music and the Celtic Traditional Lullabies From Our Cape Breton. A former Premier of Nova Scotia, Rodney MacDonald is a passionate advocate for Gaelic language and culture creating such organizations as the Nova Scotia Office of Gaelic Affairs and Cape Breton’s Kitchenfest! festival. He is the current President of Colaisde na Gaidhlig / The Gaelic College and, its satellite campus, Beinn Mhàbu. Rodney resides in Mabou, Cape Breton with his family and donates his time to numerous Boards and Charitable organizations.

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