The Atlantic Provinces -- comprising the Maritimes (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick) and Newfoundland -- are global hotspots for Celtic and Celtic-influenced music. These regions on Canada's eastern coast, settled primarily by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, held tightly to their roots even as they expanded and evolved (and drew heavily on the influence of the sea for inspiration). In recent years, the world has finally taken notice. Enjoy!

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Connie MacAskill
Closer to Home (2001)

Buddy MacDonald
Getting Dark Again, with John Ferguson (1996)
We Remember You Well (2000)
performance review (2001)
Live: A Night at the Pub (2002)

Howie MacDonald
Live ... & Lively (1991)
The Ceilidh Trail (1993)
The Dance Last Night (1997)
Just Relax (1998)
WhY2Keilidh (1999)
CapeBretonFiddleMusicNOTCalm, with Ashley MacIsaac (2001)
performance review (2001)
Howie's Celtic Brew (2002)

John Spyder MacDonald
By Sea, By Land (2000)

Tom MacDonald
Celtic Tenor (2002)

Kendra MacGillivray
Over the Waves (2000)
performance review (2001)

Troy MacGillivray
Musical Ties (2001)

Jamie MacInnis & Paul MacNeil
Fosgail an Dorus (1992)

Sandy MacIntyre
Steeped in Tradition (1997)

Ashley MacIsaac
A Cape Breton Christmas (1993)
Hi, How Are You Today? (1995)
Helter's Celtic (2000)
CapeBretonFiddleMusicNOTCalm, with Howie MacDonald (2001)
performance review (2001)
Ashley MacIsaac (2002)
Crossover (2011)

Matt MacIsaac
The Piping Album (2004)

Wendy MacIsaac
That's What You Get (1996)
Timeline (2003)
Seinn, with Mary Jane Lamond (2012)
 Off the Floor (2014)

MacKeel
Plaid (1997)

Lewis MacKinnon
A Seo (Here) (2006)

Bob MacLean
Dancing on a String (1998)

Joe Peter MacLean
Back of Boisdale (2005)

Donald MacLellan
The Dusky Meadow (2003)

Cynthia MacLeod
Head Over Heels (2002)
Riddle (2010)

Buddy MacMaster
The Judique Flyer (2000)
performance review (2000)
Cape Breton Tradition (2003)
Buddy MacMaster in Concert (video)

Natalie MacMaster
No Boundaries (1996)
My Roots Are Showing (1998)
In My Hands (1999)
performance review (1999)
Live (2002)
Yours Truly (2006)
Cape Breton Girl (2011)

Scott Macmillan
Celtic Mass for the Sea (1994)
The Minnie Sessions, Vol. 1 (1996)
The Minnie Sessions, Vol. 2 (1997)
The Minnie Sessions, Vol. 3 (1998)

Rita MacNeil
Mining the Soul, with the Men of the Deeps (2000)
Common Dream (2002)
Blue Roses (2004)

Cyril MacPhee
Back on Track (2001)

Rylee Madison
The Life of Rylee (2002)

Madrigal
Elemental Grace (2000)
Reverie (2001)

Maeve
Maeve (2004)

Frank Maher & the Mahers Bahers
Mahervelous (2005)

Eleanor McCain
Intimate (2001)

McGinty
Atlantic Favorites (1993)
Atlantic Favourites II (1998)
Sea Songs (2000)
performance review (2001)

Jon McKiel
The Nature of Things (2008)

Dan McKinnon
Chasing Sunsets (1995)
Between Wind & Water (1997)
Songs from the Hearth (2000)
Fields of Dreams & Glory (2005)

Ian McKinnon & Gayle H. Martin
Air Races (2000)

Men of the Deeps
Diamonds in the Rough (1992)
Coal Fire in Winter (1996)
Mining the Soul, with Rita MacNeil (2000)

Carmel Mikol
In My Bones (2010)

Pamela Morgan
The Colour of Amber, with Anita Best (1991)
On a Wing & a Prayer (1996)
Amber Christmas (1998)
Seven Years (2002)

Mac Morin
Mac Morin (2003)

Phyllis Morrissey
Woman of the Island (1995)

Patricia Murray
Primrose (2001)
performance review (2001)
Failt Eilein a' Phrionnsa (Welcome to Prince Edward Island) (2005)


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David Newland
Evergreen (2003)

Chris Norman
Portraits (1998)

The Chris Norman Ensemble
The Flower of Port Williams (2000)

North by Northwest Quartet
North by Northwest Quartet (2000)

Northern Harmony Choir
Under the Labrador Sky (1999)


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Cheryl Reid O'Hagan
The Darkest Midnight (1995)

The Once
The Once (2010)
Row Upon Row of the People They Know (2011)


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Scott Parsons
Nice to Wear (2001)

Elizabeth Patterson
Pengalleon (1998)
Tidal Wheel (2000)

Terry Penney
Missing Marshville (2002)

Maurice Poirier
Behind a Voice (2001)

Colleen Power
Lucky You Are (2004)
Face & Eyes (2005)

Puirt a Baroque
Bach Meets Cape Breton (1996)
Return of the Wanderer (1998)

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More live reviews can be found in our always-expanding general performance section. Look for Beolach, J.P Cormier, Great Big Sea, Gordie Sampson, Kendra MacGillavry, Sons of Maxwell, Natalie MacMaster and other treats from Atlantic Canada!


For more information on Cape Breton music, check out Cape Breton Music Online. Keep abreast of the East Coast Music Association here. And do pay a visit to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre of Judique as well.


For the best in live music from the Maritimes, try to attend the Celtic Colours International Festival, a week-long music event that will blow your mind!!


You can read interviews with Natalie MacMaster, Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle and other fine folks in the music world in our musicians' chat room.


You'll also find books on Cape Breton music reviewed in our music library.


Interested in an outside view of Cape Breton musicians? You can read an excellent article, "Fiddlers of the Maritime Provinces" by Paul-Emile Comeau, at the Dirty Linen website. Check it out ... and then hurry back to Rambles for more reviews!






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