Fiddler’s Olympic performance was top secret
Ashley MacIsaac’s kilt-clad, foot-stomping performance during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games was so top secret that even his mother didn’t know about it. [Read More...]
Ashley MacIsaac sizzles at Olympic Kitchen Party thrills his down-home fans at Atlantic Canada venue
Left: Ashley MacIsaac, shown here performing in a suspended canoe during the opening ceremony Friday, thrilled his fans again on Saturday.

Left: Ashley MacIsaac, shown here performing in a suspended canoe during the opening ceremony Friday, thrilled his fans again on Saturday.
Photograph by: John Mahoney, Canwest News Service, Vancouver Sun

Ashley Macisaac

Where: Atlantic Canada Kitchen Party (Backstage Lounge) on Granville Island

When: Saturday night

The wait was worth it. Cape Breton's firebrand fiddler Ashley MacIsaac sports some of the most loyal fans on the planet, so when Atlantic House Canada announced he'd be performing at its Kitchen Party (a. k.a. the Arts Club Backstage Lounge) on Saturday night at 10:30, devotees started showing up at noon. [Read More...]
MacIsaac and friends energize
MacIsaac and friends energize
Fiddler and Symphony join forces to get Cohn crowd stomping
By STEPHEN PEDERSEN | Concert Review
Sat. Jan 30 - 4:53 AM
[Ashley MacIsaac performs at the Rebecca Cohn along with Symphony Nova Scotia on Friday. (Ingrid Bulmer / Staff)

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Ashley MacIsaac performs at the Rebecca Cohn along with Symphony Nova Scotia on Friday. (Ingrid Bulmer / Staff)


It was MacBreton night at the Symphony Nova Scotia concert in the Rebecca Cohn on Friday. Three Macs were in charge of the entertainment: Fiddle phantom Ashley MacIsaac, guitar picker Scott Macmillan and, on the podium, Martin MacDonald, SNS’s resident conductor.

Capable hands, you have to admit. With help of Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and bagpiper Scott Long, the orchestra unwrapped their considerable fiddle chops for two hours of flying bows, bouncy tunes and stomping feet – not theirs, of course, symphony musicians do not stomp, but everyone else did. And especially MacIsaac, who leads with a right foot when he plays a tune, leaning slightly forward and stomping it hard while he fiddles left-handed with unbelievable precision, speed and savage energy. [Read More...]