2018 Maryvale Family Round & Square Dance

The Family Round and Square Dance held Highland Games week will feature Joey MacMaster from Troy and Robbie Fraser. Come to the dance Tuesday, July 3th at St. Mary’s Parish Hall – Hwy 245 Maryvale, Antigonish County. The dance starts at 9:00 pm and runs until 12:00 midnight.
Admission: $10. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tea and Sweets Provided!

About the Dance

Maryvale Family Round and Square Dances were started as a “one of” community event in 2008 as a way for neighbours to come out and socialize. It is a series of seasonal dances from May to November featuring local fiddlers and pianists. All dances are held at the old school house in Maryvale which is praised by the entertainers and guests for its lively atmosphere. The Tuesday night dance has been a regular addition to the Highland Games schedule. Your hosts are Cathy and Colin Rankin. Feel free to come and try a set or just sit and enjoy the music. No previous dancing experience required!


A wee sketch of our musicians for the night!

Deemed the newest powerhouse of Route 19 by Ashley MacIsaac, Joe MacMaster has quickly risen up the ranks of the Cape Breton music scene in the last number of years. With an arsenal of pipes, fiddle, and piano, Joe has made his mark on the local music scene as a regular player at dances and ceilidhs in and around Cape Breton. He has toured through the United States performing with Natalie MacMaster, brought his music to Ontario on multiple occasions, and has even performed at the Edmonton Folk Festival. Hailing from Troy, Joe is one of younger members of the MacMaster fiddling dynasty. He credits his greatest musical influences as his grand-uncle Buddy MacMaster, his aunt Natalie MacMaster, Kenneth MacKenzie, and Mac Morin. He is known for his traditional style and repertoire, but is also a composer with several noted tunes in circulation to his name. Joe was a part of Na Gaisgich Òga, and Féis Cape Breton, two programs geared towards developing Gaelic fluency, and traditional music skills in youth. Joe currently attends St. F.X. University, and works as a blacksmith aside from his music

You first have to see a talent to recognize a true talent. After seeing, after hearing, you too will know Robbie’s fiddlin’ and his fingers over the ivories for the exquisite touch he brings to the tunes. Robbie Fraser knows the dance halls in Cape Breton like the back of his hand. He gained attention through his playing which led to numerous invitations to perform. Robbie Fraser has been on stage in the Broad Cove Scottish Concert, at the Sunday Granville Green Concerts, with Celtic Colours International Festival, and recently he was spotted in St. Ann’s at the Kitchenfest playing the The Gaelic College or as we like to say Colaisde Na Gàidhlig. They call the tunes he plays pure traditional music”. It is written mainly by Cape Breton composers or recognized as from the older collections of Scotland. He credits Buddy MacMaster and Willie Kennedy for having influenced his style and developing his repertoire on fiddle. While Robbie is at home on the fiddle he is equally adept on the piano. If you’ve seen Cabot’s Crossing Robbie was probably the piano guy with the driving rhythm, unmistakable bass line and poundin’ beat. Every summer he travels home to Cape Breton to be featured accompanying fiddlers Marc Boudreau, Ian MacDougall, and Howie MacDonald. Robbie has three CD’s to his credit and has recorded with Ashley MacIsaac and Colin Grant. Come out to Maryvale Tuesday, July 4, to see the talented Robbie Fraser and the exquisite touch he brings to the tunes.