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Cape Breton music at Nelson Town Hall


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cape Breton pianist Mac Morin and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac return to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of Cape Breton music on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

As with most Cape Breton musicians, music for Morin started early and was humbly nurtured in the home. Step dancing came first, with his earliest steps and guidance provided for by his mother, Mary Catherine, herself a noted dancer who toured the U.K. and performed at the the World Expo in Montreal in 1967.

By 15, Morin was known as one of Cape Breton’s finest dancing performers and began teaching traditional dance in Cape Breton. He continues to travel through out Canada, the U.S. and Europe, teaching and performing the traditional dancing of the island.

Although piano was not his first display of the Cape Breton culture, it has become another element that Morin is now known for. Since he began to play nearly 20 years ago, he has recorded and toured with many great performers. including Yo-Yo Ma, the Rankin Family, Ashley MacIsaac, Allison Krauss, Dianna Krall, the Chieftains and Art Garfunkel. He was a cofounder/coproducer of the Cape Breton traditional group Beolach and has most recently recorded with Natalie MacMaster on her award winning album Cape Breton Girl.

MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. MacIsaac is also a sought-after piano accompanist and step dancer.  Besides performing as a solo artist, she tours with Mary Jane Lamond and can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach, who she toured with for 11 years.

The show is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society; admission is $15 ($12 for seniors, students or in advance).