Sunday Afternoon Ceilidh

Dara Smith-MacDonald

Born and raised in Antigonish (having strong family roots in Inverness), she now resides in Port Hawkesbury. She has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively, and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and the United States. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, and Celtic Colours..

Adam Young


A sought-after pianist from the community of French road, Adam Young’s style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. He is the creator and director of Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter (which has seen over 350 performances over the past 15 years).  


Brent Chaisson

A multi-instrumentalist from a long line of Chaisson Family fiddlers of eastern PEI, Brent quickly grew to love traditional fiddle music. At age 12 he began to learn guitar and commonly accompanies local fiddlers at concerts. His Celtic rock band “Kindle” garnered much acclaim and success with the release of their self titled record. As a founding member of the Trad group “DOC” he gained a 2016 EMCA comination. He has shared the stage with the Trew, Gordie Sampson, Great Big Sea and more.

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