CEUD MÌLE FÀILTE!

June 26 — October 9

Join us for an intimate, interactive, and uniquely Nova Scotian cultural experience! Hear traditional Cape Breton fiddle music as it was meant to be heard… and pick up a few dance steps and Gaelic words along the way! Three half-hour performances are held each day in the historic setting of the former Peggy’s Cove schoolhouse, built in 1839.

The Performers

Wendy MacIsaac

Renowned Cape Breton fiddler, Wendy MacIsaac, has been playing music for over 35 years. She is recognized as one of the ‘old school’ style of players who has helped keep the traditional sound alive.

Wendy is also a sought-after piano accompanist and step-dancer and is in high demand for her skills in teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling, the latter of which she does throughout North America, as well as from her home in Halifax.

Wendy has eight albums to her credit, the latest one, All Hands (2019), which she recorded with Beòlach (beolach.ca), won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Nova Scotia Music Award, the Fans Choice ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award at the East Coast Music Awards and garnered a Juno nomination! Beòlach (which features both Wendy and Mairi Rankin), was the Artist in Residence at the 2019 Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton and appeared at the 2021 World Expo in Dubai.

Mairi Rankin

First cousin to the hugely influential Rankin Family—legends on the Canadian music scene—Mairi Rankin plays fiddle and step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, she has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. Being immersed in such a rich musical culture has enabled her to develop her own unique style.

Mairi performs with the Cape Breton super-group Beòlach (beolach.ca), who’s 2019 release, All Hands, won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Fans Choice ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award at the East Coast Music Awards, and a Nova Scotia Music Award. The album also received a Juno nomination in 2021. For the past twelve years, she has also been part of the internationally renowned Celtic group The Outside Track, which is currently touring its fifth studio album, Rise Up.

In 2019 Mairi collaborated with cellist Eric Wright from The Fretless and created The Cabin Sessions, which won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year in 2020.

More artists to be announced soon!

Upcoming Performances

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