Troy MacGillivray

Nova Scotia

Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments–most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences with his step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His first teaching gig was at 13 years old at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton. His roots-centered approach comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where playing fiddle and Gaelic traditions run in the bloodline. In 2012, Troy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada. Troy’s strong career has brought him around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to Afghanistan, while his solo recordings have received numerous nominations and awards from the East Coast Music Association and the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Troy has performed at Celtic Colours more than twenty times and was one of the Festival’s Artists in Residence in 2020. This year he will be playing alongside a number of performers including fiddler Caitlin Warbelow, guitarist Jake Charron, and piano player Tracey MacNeil. Troy will also team up in a duo with Scottish guitar player Anna Massie for the unique concert, Perfect Pairings, on Wednesday night in Mabou.

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