Monday June 25 , 2018
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Workshop Instructors 2017

Advanced Fiddle - Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac has made albums which run the gamut from traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, to boundary busting rock 'n' roll-styled fiddle arrangements, to fronting a full on rock band as lead singer. One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995. International radio play for the single, "Sleepy Maggie", and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon. He has since experimented with musical styles and evolved into an award-winning performer, writer, and singer. Ashley continues to surprise crowds, whether it's his new project, FIDLR with Jay Andrews (aka Sticks), or a traditional set with Maybelle Chisholm McQueen.

Beginner/Intermediate Fiddle - Dara Smith-MacDonald

Dara Smith-MacDonald, originally from Antigonish, now residing in Port Hawkesbury, began playing the fiddle at the age of 12. For the past number of years she has been playing at concerts, dances and ceilidhs and teaching fiddle lessons both in her home and over Skype to students from Canada, the USA and Scotland. Over the past ten years, she has been teaching fiddle at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts at both the March Break and Summer School Sessions. Throughout her years playing music, she has traveled to all the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and throughout the United Stated to perform and teach. In 2011, she released her first album entitled "Connections"and she has just released a new album with Adam Young called "The Lake Sessions".


Piano - Lawrence Cameron


A noted piano player with great variance in musical styles hailing from the Cape Breton Margarees. Lawrence graduated from Acadia University with a Music Education degree. He has taught music both in public and private schools since his teens. Presently he’s teaching music at Cape Breton Highlands Academy in Belle Côte, NS.

Stepdance - Cheryl MacQuarrie

Cheryl grew up in Westmount, Cape Breton, always surrounded by music and traveling around the Island for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances. Coming from a musical household and family, it’s no wonder she took to dancing at a young age. Cheryl has taught and performed both at home and overseas, and led the way for many in square dance workshops across Cape Breton. After years of living abroad with her family, she is finally home in Cape Breton.