☼ ☼ ☼ Mac Morin & Wendy MacIsaac | Nelson Town Hall | November 16, 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society is pleased to welcome Cape Breton pianist, Mac Morin with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac back to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of Cape Breton music on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

As with most Cape Breton musicians, music for Mac started early and was humbly nurtured in the home. Step dancing came first, with his earliest steps and guidance provided for by his mother, Mary Catherine, herself a noted dancer who toured the UK and performed at the the World Expo in Montreal in 1967.

By 15, Mac was known as one of Cape Breton’s finest dancing performers and began teaching traditional dance in Cape Breton. He continues to travel through out Canada, the US and Europe teaching/performing the traditional dancing of the Island with recent workshops at the Gaelic College (Cape Breton), Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Scotland), and the University of Limerick (Ireland). He has also recently performed several tours with Dannsa, a Scottish dance/music ensemble during the winters of 2009-2013.

Although piano was not his first display of the Cape Breton culture, it has become another element that Mac is now known for. Since he began to play nearly 20 years ago, he has managed to record and tour with many great performers including Yo-Yo Ma, the Rankin Family, Ashley MacIsaac, Allison Krauss, Dianna Krall, the Cheiftains, Art Garfunkle, and many more. He was a cofounder/coproducer of the Cape Breton traditional group, Beolach, whose 2 albums were nominated for East Coast Music Award (ECMA). He has most recently recorded with Natalie MacMaster on her ECMA award winning album, Cape Breton Girl, and continues to tour with her throughout North America and Europe. On rare occasions when he is home in Cape Breton, he is highly sought after to lend his skills at dances, concerts, ceilidhs, and the house parties.

Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer.  Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond .

Wendy can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach who she toured with for 11 years.

Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.

Johnny Trombly Scholarship Deadline March 15

 

The Johnny Trombly Scholarship supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano orother instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music.
The Monadnock Region is the heart of traditional New England dance music, with a heritage dating back centuries. Bob McQuillen, widely recognized as a master of traditional New England dance music, established this scholarship to honor his mentor, Johnny Trombly, who was the area’s premier piano player in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Through this scholarship, Bob McQuillen hopes to preserve and advance traditional New England dance music, one of the Monadnock region’s unique contributions to the nation’s cultural heritage.

John Doyle House Concert | Braintree, VT

John Doyle, who played the most amazing set of music at last year’s New World Fest with our late good friend Jerry Holland, is also very well known and loved for his singing and solo guitar work.   He will be performing a solo house concert at Beth Telford’s home on Sept 5th at 7 pm.  As usual, we invite all to bring desserts and beverages to share at intermission.  Seats are $17 in advance/ $20 day of show.  To reserve a seat, make the check out to John Doyle, and mail to Beth Telford 1060 Bent Hill Rd, Braintree, VT 05060.  For more information, call Beth or Clint at 802-728-6351.