Sunday Afternoon Ceilidh
Honourable 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. Macdonald recorded a solo recording in 1995 entitled “Dancer’s Delight” in 1995 and another recording titled “Traditionally Rockin’” (with Glenn Graham) in 1997. He is a former Premier of Nova Scotia and Cabinet Minister. Presently he residees in Mabou, Cape Breton with his wife Gayle and three children.
Traditionally known for his fiddle playing, Glenn is also a composer, songwriter, step dancer, music instructor, and published author. His music has been featured on the hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek”, multiple CS compilations, TV specials, and independent films. He has been nominated for the East Coast Music Awards. Currently Glenn is teaching the Political Science Department at St. Francis Xavier University.
Joël Chiasson is a veteran piano player and step dancer from Cheticamp, Cape Breton. Citing Hilda Chiasson as his biggest influence, Joël has provided piano accompaniment on more than 25 recordings by artists including Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Buddy MacMaster and Andrea Beaton over the past 30 years. In the late 1990s, Joël toured extensively with Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Over the years, Joël has taught Cape Breton style step dancing through workshops across Canada and the United States. Today Joël lives in Sydney with his family and works as a school teacher, but thankfully he still manages to get out and play for concerts and dances in and around Cape Breton.
Since the age of 12, Chris Babineau, hailing from Chéticamp, Cape Breton, the Islands largest francophone community, has taken both traditional French and Scottish culture to heart. Since 2010, he has been Ashley MacIsaac’s go to guitarist, and is in high demand for fiddling accompaniment accross Canada. One of his proudest achievements is co-producing and performing on the late Marc Boudreau’s “Live at the Doryman” album.