Brent is a multi-instrumentalist that comes from a long line of Chaisson family fiddlers of eastern Prince Edward Island. When you begin fiddling at the age of 5 you are just learning and trying to keep up. Brent keeps learning the fiddle (Do you ever stop learning?) and a repertoire of tunes. We can say he no longer has to keep up – he definitely is leading! After his love of traditional fiddle music from PEI, Nova Scotia and beyond was firmly established, Brent picked up guitar! At 12, he began to accompany local fiddlers in concert and at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival. In 1996, he began learning the drums. With his cousins and brothers, he was one of the players in the celtic rock band ‘Kindle’. Kindle’s success releasing a self-titled recording in 2000 garnering many Music PEI awards and an ECMA nomination. Brent then became a founding member of the Trad group ‘DOC’, (DesRoches Ouellette Chaisson), DOC soon had a 2016 ECMA nomination under their belt. Brent not only played, he engineered, mixed and mastered their productions in his home studio. Brent has been fortunate to backup many acts over the years and has toured around Canada, USA, and Europe. He has shared the stage and supported acts like: Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton, Tim Chaisson, Ashley MacIsaac, Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar), The Trews, Anastasia DesRoches, Great Big Sea, Shooglenifty, Gordie Sampson, and more. Brent currently resides in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island with his wife, Mylène and their two sons. Welcome to out Highland Games stage and thanks for bringing you sound, experience and music!
Darla (Chaisson) MacPhee, was born into the musical Chaisson family. She has been immersed in traditional music since a mere sprig! Surrounded by fiddle music, played by Dad Kenny and many uncles and cousins it was only natural Darla took to the music and looked for her place to make a contribution. Darla found her niche — the piano. She has played with “the best and with the rest” of the best touring European capitals, a trail of festivals and concerts throughout the states and familiar stages across Canada. She did all that before she left her teens! As a member of the band Kindle she was on stage at the East Coast Music Award (ECMA’s) after the band was nominated. She has recorded several CD’s, one with Dad Kenny, two with her cousins in the band Celtic Tide, CD’s with Kindle, another was a special CD by the Chaisson Family and one with, “The Celtic Ladies”. She has also been in demand by many artist with their request she accompany them on their CD’s. You may say whew, but wait, Darla did all that and found time to raise a family of 4 children with her husband Jeremy. Darla makes the room come alive when her fingers hit the keys. She plays with a truly unique style, powerful and poised. You will see a true professional on our stage and know why we insisted Darla visit us Saturday afternoon.
Prince Edward Island’s J.J. Chaisson is without any doubt a talented multi-instrumental musician. He has collaborated on award winning recordings, acted as front man for a Celtic rock band, and toured widely as a solo artist. It is not possible to put into words what this young man does with his fiddle and guitar. And isn’t that picture the most relaxed musician you’ve ever seen!
Born into the well known and respected Chaisson family helped to immerse J. J. in the world of traditional music from an early age. He began gracing halls and stages across the Island when he was barely able to touch the floor while sitting in a chair; word spread quickly about this young prodigy.
When he was just 14 years old he released his first CD. “In the Genes” was a tribute to his two grandfathers. The CD was heralded as a treasure and astonished fiddlers far and wide with the professional ability of this young man. This lead to invitations to travel, to teach at The Ceilidh Road School on Cape Breton Island and at the world renowned Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Colorado. He was also invited to be the youngest player featured on Rounder Records CD “The Fiddlers of Prince Edward Island.”
While still in high school, J. J. and his cousins formed the Celtic Rock band known as “Kindle”. This group was recognized with a nomination as Best New Group at the 2000 ECMA’S and a nationally televised performance at the awards show. The group traveled widely throughout Canada and into the USA. J. J. served as front man on fiddle and as a vocalist and he continued to astound audiences wherever he performed.
In 2002 his second CD was released and entitled “Class Act”. This CD again showed his enormous talent on fiddle and introduced his listening audiences to his skill as a guitarist. J. J. continued to travel widely and audiences continued to want more and more of this delightful performer. His personality is equally as powerful as his playing and he reaches out to young and old alike with smiles and endless jokes and stories.