Susan MacLean

Cape Breton

Susan MacLean was born and raised in Washabuck and now resides in the Sydney area. She has been a regular performer at the Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs since their inception, played with various Cape Breton musicians at dances, concerts, and house rackets, and taught Cape Breton-style piano accompaniment for many years at Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s. A long-time member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association, Susan’s enthusiasm for Cape Breton-style piano comes from influences within her own extended musical family. She credits much of her success to the encouragement of her late grandfather, Michael Anthony MacLean, who was a well-known dance player. Her well-known fiddling uncles are Hector MacKenzie and the late Carl MacKenzie. The Barra MacNeils are her first cousins.

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