Join us on Valentine's Day for an evening of Cape Breton and Scottish musicRegister Now
A special evening of Cape Breton fiddle and piano music featuring Troy MacGillivray and Wendy MacIsaac, and Scottish smallpipes and guitar music featuring Finlay MacDonald, Ailis Sutherland, and Ross Martin.
Doors open at 6:30pm, refreshments will be available for purchase.
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Ross is a founding member of Gaelic supergroup, Daimh, based in the Scottish Highlands. Beyond Daimh’s busy schedule, Ross has chalked up recording and touring credits with artists such as Julie Fowlis, Bonnie Prince Billy, Muireann Nic Aomhlaoibh, Karan Casey, Finlay MacDonald and the inimitable Vallely brothers from Armagh. Time at home is spent heavily involved in teaching the joys of traditional Scottish music to young people in the area through the Feisean movement and volunteering with the local Coastguard Search and Rescue team.
Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.
Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for more than 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. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy records and tours in a critically acclaimed and award-winning band with Mary Jane Lamond and Cathy Porter. She is a founding member of Beólach, and has also performed with The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Capercaillie, The Chieftains, Ashley MacIsaac, and toured with Heather Rankin and The Rankin Sisters. Wendy has recorded on more than 20 albums (including four of her own, two with Beólach, and one with her and Mary Jane), and is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling.
Ailis Sutherland is from Kirriemuir, Angus and grew up playing in her local pipe band. As a soloist and as part of a range of ensembles including folk band Hecla, Ailis has a diverse performance history with festival appearances in Australia, Brittany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Romania. She has delivered workshops as part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’s outreach program, developed her teaching repertoire and technique classes on the Curso Internacional de Música Tradicional (Asturias) and appeared a regular Fèis tutor in Uist and Barra. Ailis graduated with a BA (Hons) in Applied Music from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2018 and now works at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, teaching in a primary school in the city as well as covering lessons on the intensive courses and seasonal schools.
Finlay MacDonald has blazed a trail as one of Scotland’s finest exponents of contemporary and traditional Piping. He has worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old Blind Dogs and Chris Stout. As a soloist, he has collaborated with many world famous ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the RTE Philharmonic. In the Pop and Rock world there have been unique performances with such diverse artistes such as Bryan Adams, Biffy Clyro and the rap artist P.Diddy. Always driven by collaboration and innovation, Finlay’s passion for the music he has grown up with has led him to the post of “Head of Piping Studies” at the National Piping Centre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he continues to inspire and develop the very best of new Piping talent.
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