From Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Band

Thursday, March 18, 2004
7:00 PM Prompt
6:30 Refreshments
Donation $15

This exciting young five-piece band from a hotbed of Celtic music returns to Music By The Bay after a great show in August 2002. With Wendy MacIsaac (cousin of Ashley, plays with Mary Jane Lammond) and Mairi Rankin (cousin of the Rankin Family) on fiddles, Mac Morin (formerly of Natalie MacMaster's band) on piano, Ryan J. MacNeil (nephew of Rita) on bagpipes and low whistle, and Patrick Gillis (has played with Natalie and Ashley) on guitar, this group fleshes out the sound of traditional Cape Breton music (which is usually one fiddle with piano and/or guitar), and gives the arrangements a dose of innovation, but retains the basic flavor of the tradition. Three members of the group are stepdancers, so it will be an exhilarating show.