Virginia MacIsaac writes from the magical isle of Cape Breton where Celtic influences mix with Acadian heritage and Mi'kmaq legends to create a fantastical cultural atmosphere that is the life and breath of those who live here. The stories of her ancestors and the rugged land and climate are inspiration for her writings on local history and culture, and promotion of community development projects.

Reviews by Virginia include:


Margie Adam

Charlie Adams

Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues
Nothin' to Prove

Margie Baker & Friends
Live at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Freeland Barbour
An Linne Dhubh (The Black Water)

Janet Bates & Instruments of Change
The Colours Will Come Back

Tab Benoit
The Sea Saint Sessions

Big Smith & Family
From Hay to Zzzzzz: Hillbilly Songs for Kids

Big Trout Radio
Songs About Fishing

Kristian Blak

Bluegrass Diamonds
Some of Our Favorites, Hopefully Yours

Ged Brockie
The Last View from Mary's Place

Albert E. Brumley Jr.
I'll Fly Away

Shauna Burns
Every Thought

Robbie Byrne
Sunset Isle

Roger Cairns
A Scot in L.A.

Shelley Campbell
Blue Ridge Reveille

Maggie Carchrie
Songs the Mermaid Sang

Liz Carroll
Lake Effect

The Carsons

Celtic Connection

James Cohen
High Side of Lowdown

Andy Collins
Lake St. Serenade

Joseph & J.P. Cormier
Velvet Arm, Golden Hand

Darryl & Dallas Cornell
Songs You Oughta Know, with the Roosevelt School 5th-graders

Paul Cranford & Friends
The Lighthouse

Mark Croft
Sympathetic Groove

Dakota Sid & the Badland Serenaders
Live at Josiah Stillwater Cooper's Saloon

Tom Daniels
The R Months

Eric Darius
Night on the Town

Like the Wind in the Trees

James Durst
Internationally Unknown

Danny Elfman

Ted Estersohn
Root & Branch

Steve Eulberg
I Celebrate Life!

Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Steelhead in the Riffles

John Flynn
Two Wolves

Gillian Frame & Back of the Moon

Marcel Gagnon
Crazy Maker

Lennie Gallant
Believing in Better

Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin & the Kings of Strings, featuring Aaron Weinstein
Jay Geils, Gerry Beaudoin & the Kings of Strings

Michael Giacchino
The Incredibles

Howard Gladstone
Candles on the River
Sunflowers Light the Room

Grand Derangement
Danse dans les Flammes

Charlotte Greig
Winter Woods

Donny H

Halau Hula Ka No'eau (Hawaiian Arts Ensemble)
Hawaii: Traditional Hula

Shule Aroon

High Noon
Have Drum Will Travel

Matt & Erica Hinton
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp

Adam Hurt

JimJim & the FatBoys
Bottle Up & Go

The JW-Jones Blues Band
My Kind of Evil

Southpaw Jones
One in the Door, One in the Grave

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Finding Neverland

Benita Kenn

Totally Hammered

Sheri Kling
Passions & Prodigals

Ron Korb
Between the Shadows: Live in Quebec

Joel Kraft
Big Ideas

Miranda Lambert

Jennifer Licko
Cave of Gold

Little Muddy
Mayan Mud

Lonesome Brothers
Pony Tales

Jim Love & the Blue Groove
Gather 'Round
Guerrilla Groove

Angus Lyon
Long Road

Howard Lyons
Hopes & Dreams, with Joanne Shenandoah

Tom MacDonald
Celtic Tenor

Ashley MacIsaac
A Cape Breton Christmas

Matt MacIsaac
The Piping Album

Fama Clamosa

Norman MacKinnon
Western Promise

Donald MacLellan
The Dusky Meadow

Buddy MacMaster
Cape Breton Tradition

Rita MacNeil
Blue Roses

Nathaniel Maloney
Old Empty Farmhouse

Bob Margolin
All-Star Blues Jam

Scott McAllister

Sandra McCracken

Dan McKinnon
Fields of Dreams & Glory

El McMeen
Amazing Grace
The Lea Rig
The Soul of Christmas Guitar

Lori Michaels
The Lilac Testament

Pete Mitchell
Cutting the Mustard

Get Away

Lynn Morrison
Cave of Gold: Celtic Lullabies

Geoff Muldaur
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

Dave Nachmanoff
A Certain Distance

And They Danced All Night

NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars


Zachary Oberzan
Athletes of Romance

Brian O'Connor
Come West Along the Road

Meaiti Jo Sheamuis O'Fatharta
Boithrini an Lochain: Sean-nos Songs from Connemara

Restless Home

The Pub Ibiltaria 8

Brad Paisley
Time Well Wasted

Elizabeth Patterson
Tidal Wheel

Larry Pattis
Hands of Time

Dreams of the Heartland
100 Proof Woman

Mairtin Pheaits
Traditional Songs from Connemara

Mike Phillips
Uncommon Denominator

Bruce Piephoff
Bright Leaf Blues

Dave Potts

Colleen Power
Lucky You Are

Luke Guy Reed
No Hat

A.J. Rosales

Musique Celtique

Justin Roth

Mark Saul


Sensible Tom
Acoustic Caravan

Daniele Sepe
Anime Candide: War & Love Songs


The Slackers
Close My Eyes

Doug B. Smith
A Slight Remove

Sara Softich
Pipe Dream

Naomi Sommers
Flying Through

John Sonntag
Chasing Stars

Minton Sparks
Middlin' Sisters
Sin Sick

John Stein
In Brazil: Concerto International de Jazz

The Larry Stephenson Band
Clinch Mountain Mystery

Al Stewart
A Beach Full of Shells

Ori Pari

Tha Tribe
Mad Hops & Crazy Stops

Tonio K. & 16 Tons of Monkeys

Henoch Townley
Reaching Point

Paddy Tutty
The Roving Jewel

various artists
Bhangra: The Sound of Bollywood
Blues in the Mississippi Night
Calypso: Vintage Songs from the Caribbean
Celtic Airs
Celtic Waves: Surfing the Ocean of Tradition
Failte: A Cape Breton Welcome
Flatpicking Favorites: Hot & Spicy
The Future of Blues
The Humours of Piping
A Northern Christmas
Nunavik Concert
The Piper & the Maker
Preachin' the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell

Minnie White
The Hills of Home

Ken Whiteley
Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!

Ginny Wilder
Lessons in Life & Love

William Woods
Cobalt Blue


The Beatons of Mabou

Causeway Crossing

Ceilidh anns a'Bhraigh: Ceilidh in the Glen

Celtic Pops Encore

Celtic Women '03

Celtic Women '04

Ceol Na H-Aibhneadh (The Music of the River): A Tribute to Theresa & Marie MacLellan

The Chieftains: the Cape Breton Connection

Close to the Floor '02

Close to the Floor '03

Close to the Floor '10

Common Ground: Carlos Nunez' Celtic Journey

Cutting Edge

The Dancing Lights Troupe: Twelve Celtic Winds

Fiddle & Prose

Guitar Summit '03

Guitar Summit '04

Guitar Summit '05

Guitar Summit '07

Home is Where the Heart Is

Island to Island: The Cape Breton-Ireland Musical Bridge

The Judique Flyers


Buddy & Natalie MacMaster

Matt Minglewood & Rylee Madison

My Cape Breton Home

Natalie MacMaster & Friends: Bringing the World Home

The Next Generation '02

The Next Generation '03

Only a Woman's Heart

The Original Guitar Summit

Pickin' & Grinnin'

Salute to the Cape Breton Fiddler

Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Toronto

Teacher's Pets

Tribute to Bill Lamey

Two Fiddles, Two Pianos Encore

The Unusual Suspects

Wendy's World


Lynn Austin
Candle in the Darkness
A Light to My Path

Duck Baker
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar 101

James Scott Bell
A Certain Truth

Sigmund Brouwer
The Disappearing Jewel of Madagascar

Gerald Coomer
The Summer I was Seventeen: A Story of the Appalachian Trail

Annabel Davis-Goff
The Fox's Walk

Tommy Emmanuel
Fingerstyle Guitar Method

Benjamin Filene
Romancing the Folk: Public Memory & American Roots Music

Tommy Flint
Kentucky Thumbpicking Blues for Guitar

Anne Frasier
Play Dead

Justin Goldberg
The Ultimate Survival Guide to the New Music Industry: Handbook for Hell

Melissa Fay Greene
Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster

Kristen Heitzmann

Aida Hudson & Susan-Ann Cooper, editors
Windows & Words: A Look at Canadian Children's Literature in English

Randy Ingermanson
Double Vision

Karen Kinsgbury
Like Dandelion Dust
A Thousand Tomorrows

J.R. Lindermuth
Something in Common

David Ryan Long
Quinlin's Estate

Frank MacDonald
A Forest for Calum

George MacDonald

Kathryn Mackel
The Departed

Don McKay
Deactivated West 100

Joyce Meyer
How to Hear from God: Learn to Hear His Voice & Make Right Decisions
Seven Things That Steal Your Joy

Ed Munger
Jigs & Reels for Classic Guitar

Bobby Norfolk
Norfolk Tales

Mark Andrew Olsen
The Assignment

John A. Senneff
The Apastron Reports: Quest for Life

Lauraine Snelling
A Dream to Follow

Edrick Thay
Haunted Cemeteries: True Tales from Beyond the Grave

Harry Thurston
A Ship Portrait

Richard Voss & Laurence Traiger
Roving Through Ireland: Piano Solos of Traditional Irish Folk Music

Jamie Langston Turner
No Dark Valley

Chris Tusa
Haunted Bones

Stephanie Grace Whitson
A Garden in Paris