2018 Sunday Molson Canadian Ceilidh Stage

 Join us Sunday afternoon to close the 2018 Games!
I know, I know, he was the Premier but before that he was a musician with a large following and after that he is a musician with a larger following. Honorable Rodney J. MacDonald, E.C.N.S.,is an accomplished Cape Breton musician and dancer who has performed throughout Atlantic Canada, Eastern USA, Central Canada, and Scotland. He is the grandson of the great fiddler and composer, the late Donald Angus Beaton and comes from a family of musicians. He began step-dancing at home at a young age and began playing the fiddle at the age of 12 as a result of lessons from his uncle, Mr. Kinnon Beaton. MacDonald recorded his own solo recording in 1995 entitled “Dancer’s Delight”, “Traditionally Rockin’” in 1997 with cousin Glenn Graham, and was included on the 2004 Smithsonian release of “The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music”. He is presently the CEO of Colaisde na Gaidhlig/ The Gaelic College and is lucky to reside in Mabou, Cape Breton with his wife Gayle and three children. Welcome back to the Highland Games stage Rodney. It is our pleasure to see you again!

Glenn GrahamOK, everyone knows Glenn so why the introduction? Just when you think you know all there is to know he adds another twist to the things you thought you knew and ought to know. And if you thought you knew all there is to know, well, me son, think again! Yes, he is a composer, well of course you knew that but its worth repeating, and a songwriter, step dancer, music instructor and published author. His music has been features on the hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek”, multiple CD compilations, TV specials, and independent films. He has been nominated for many East Coast Music Awards, and his band, with his cousin the Honorable Rodney MacDonald, (Did you know that?)  has been in high demand for many years. Glenn continues to perform and teach the fiddle. Ok, maybe, just maybe you didn’t know Glenn currently teaches in the Political Science Department at St. Francis Xavier University. Ok, so you know Glenn . . . then you also know what your feet are about to do when his bow meets the strings Sunday afternoon.

From Scotsville, Cape Breton, Patrick Gillis grew up with traditional music being played almost constantly in his home. His father, uncle, and two older brothers playing the fiddle gave him a great appreciation and understanding of Celtic music. Patrick has toured the States with Cullin, appeared in Howie MacDonald’s Celtic Brew, played with Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, and Glenn Graham, and has performed in festivals throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe with Beòlach. He has played on many recordings including two Beòlach albums.

Since stepping on stage over 40 years ago, Jackie Dunn MacIsaac, who grew up in Lower South River, Antigonish County, has performed and instructed workshops and summer schools across North America and Scotland as a fiddler, pianist, and step dancer. She has appeared on numerous radio and television productions, commercial videos, a documentary film and a movie soundtrack and released her debut CD ‘Dunn to a T’ in 1995. Since 1995, Jackie has recorded with Buddy MacMaster, Kinnon Beaton, Glenn Graham, Brenda Stubbert, Andrea Beaton and Wendy MacIsaac, co-produced a CD of her grand uncle Dan Hughie MacEachern and is featured on a Smithsonian Folkway’s recording as well as many other compilation CD’s of Cape Breton music. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Education degree as well as a B.A. in Music with first class honors from St. F.X. University. Jackie completed her undergraduate thesis on the strong connection between the Cape Breton fiddling style and the Scottish Gaelic language. As well as performing year round in her spare time, Jackie works full time as a grade P-6 music teacher at St. Andrews Consolidated School in Antigonish County. Jackie’s musical ability comes to her honestly. Her mother is a very well known step dancer and was one of the main step dancing teachers in Nova Scotia decades ago. Jackie’s grandfather, and two grand uncles were well known fiddlers and she is related to countless Cape Breton musicians on both her mother’s and father’s side of her family tree.