Nelson Town Hall
Sunday, July 27th, 7:00
Admission: $15 at the door, $12 senior/youth/advance
Troy MacGillivray’s musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, spent four years in a stringed orchestra, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University and received an Applied Music Technology Diploma for recording engineering.
Troy has a roots-centered approach to his fiddling and piano playing that has the power to inspire any audience. Troy’s 4th CD, Live At The Music Room, is the 2008 ECMA (East Coast Music Association) Instrumental Recording of the Year—it’s a live recording which took place January 2007 at The Music Room in Halifax, NS – one of the finest acoustic spaces in Canada. This unique facility, which houses a New York-built Steinway grand piano, superbly showcases Troy’s musical talents in a live setting and features a wide variety of strathespeys and reels, jigs and polkas, a hornpipe and a piano air .. and even some fantastic step-dancing! His first three recordings – ELEVEN (2005), Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001) – also received Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Award nominations. His latest project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that clearly showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game!
Troy’s bloodline is equally as impressive. The Lanark MacGillivrays and MacDonalds have been proprietors of the Gaelic tradition in Northeastern Nova Scotia for generations. Troy’s grandfather, Hugh A. MacDonald, is a member of the Nova Scotia Country Hall of Fame – an honour bestowed for his contribution to the Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Troy’s immediate family have all displayed their musical talents by joining him on both the stage and in the studio. The award winning tradition continues as Troy has been the recipient of the “Auleen Theriault Young Tradition Award” from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ontario as well as the Danny Kyle Stage Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland and recently returned from a Canadian Military Troops Entertainment Tour in Afghanistan.
So, whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his step dancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray certainly displays an intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors.
For more about Troy, please visit his Web site.