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!
John Spyder MacDonald
Jamie MacInnis & Paul MacNeil
Joe Peter MacLean
Frank Maher & the Mahers Bahers
Ian McKinnon & Gayle H. Martin
The Chris Norman Ensemble
North by Northwest Quartet
Northern Harmony Choir
Cheryl Reid O'Hagan
Albums are listed alphabetically by artist, then chronologically by title. Click on a title to read the review.
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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!
There are also plenty of Scottish, Irish and other Celtic fiddlers waiting to be found in our large directory of Celtic roots music, as well as Celtic musicians from across Canada and the U.S. Take time to browse!