Concert Under The Stars

Stan Chapman

Stan Chapman is a respected Cape Breton Fiddle teacher and an accomplished player. At an early age he progressed through the Toronto Conservatory violin and music theory programs. His interest in fiddling came from his father and uncle who were both fiddlers. 

Stan, a retired elementary school music teacher, currently resides in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also taught the Cape Breton style of fiddling for over 40 years. He has instructed both private and group lessons to many students including Natalie MacMaster and Ashley MacIsaac and has directed the Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association and many youth groups in public performances. 
He has conducted fiddle workshops in Canada, New Zealand and the United States as well as having taught at St. Ann’s Gaelic College in the summer for approximately the last 25 years. Stan is presently a part time lecturer in Culture and Heritage at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Cape Breton, where he teaches a performance course in CB fiddling. 

He has also recorded 2 tracks on a Rounder Records Recording of Traditional Fiddle Music of Cape Breton.  

Brian MacDonald

Brian grew up in Westmount, Cape Breton. He spent a great deal of time surrounded by Gaelic music and culture in Inverness County. He is married with five children and living in St. Andrews, Antigonish County. Brian and his children are regular performers at Piper’s Pub. He is a Gaelic learner and has been instrumental in organizing Gaelic language programs for adults and students in the Antigonish area.

Junior Fraser

Junior Fraser is a guitarist who grew up in Ohio, Antigonish County, and now lives in Pomquet, Antigonish County. He started playing guitar at the age of 14, learning by ear. Since then, he has played with many fiddlers and singers. 

Abigail MacDonald

Abigail was raised in St. Andrews, Antigonish County and grew up surrounded by Gaelic music and culture. She has been learning Gaelic since the age of five with much guidance from her father Brian. Abigail plays fiddle, piano, and guitar, highland dances, step dances, and sings as well. She is heading into her third year at St.FX University and joins the Gaelic College staff in St.Ann’s this summer. Abigail is happy to be apart of the Concert Under the Stars! 

Bill and John Pellerin

Bill and brother John Pellerin were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and often seen performing together. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. Bill and John acquired a great wealth of music through family. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA, and Ireland.

Sabra Macgillivray

Dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher, and registered massage therapist, Sabra is one of Atlantic Canada’s leading ambassadors of Highland Dancing and Cape Breton Scottish step dancing. An Antigonish county native, she began dancing when she was 5 years old and competed and performed as a member of the award-winning group: MacQuarrie Dancers. She performed with the musical production DRUM! for several years, was one of six dancers from Canada invited to perform as a guest soloist at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and is a 2-time world-finalist at the World Highland Dancing Championships in Dunoon, Scotland.

The Grant Dancers

the Grant School of Dance is under the firection of Shelley (Grant) Rovers of Antigonish. An accomplished highland dance instructor, Shelley was also one of the choreographers for the highly acclaimed Scotia Highland Dances. Members of the Grant School of Dance have been Nova Scotia Champions, Atlantic Champions, and New Scotland Champions. The current Travel Group consists of 13 local Antigonish premier highland dancers between the ages of 9 and 14 years.

Sheumais Macleod

Sheumais Macleod has been a singer and songwriter on local stages for nearly 10 years. He had had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of the east coast’s most talented musicians including J.P Cormeir, Bruce Guthro, and Dave Gunning to name a few. Sheumais released an album titled “Lost Without You” in 2010 at the age of 14. In recent years he has been writing new music and working towards some larger projects coming in the near future.

Heather MacIsaac

Heather began playing bagpipes at 12, and has recently been working on Irish whistles, accordion, and singing. For many years she had played with the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Grade 1 pipe band and competed in competitive piping. She can be eard each week at the local traditional music session at a local pub and at various community events

Kendra MacGillivray

For over twenty years, Kendra MacGillivray has brought fiddle music to life with her incredibly energetic performances with the fiddle. As a former Highland dancer, Kendra aims to make her fiddling lively and dancable with upbeat jigs, polkas and hornpipes, beautiful swaying waltzes and slow airs or selections of rhythmic strathspeys and reels that build in speed and intensity. She’s even been known to make a few steps while fiddling at the same time in high heels!

Marion Dewar

Marion is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and has been playing piano for many years. She often accompanied Jerry Holland and traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe. Marion comes from a musical background. Her mother Jean Fraser being an accompanist for many years was a mainstay in Eastern Nova Scotia and developed a reputation for reliable timing. Marion’s son, Allan, is also a piano accompanist having recorded with many well known fiddlers. Her daughter Joan plays fiddle.

Marion is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and has been playing piano for many years. She often accompanied Jerry Holland and traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe. Marion comes from a musical background. Her mother Jean Fraser being an accompanist for many years was a mainstay in Eastern Nova Scotia and developed a reputation for reliable timing. Marion’s son, Allan, is also a piano accompanist having recorded with many well known fiddlers. Her daughter Joan plays fiddle.

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