Ashley MacIsaac surprised even mom with performance at Olympic opening ceremonies
PORT HAWKESBURY— 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.
Carmelita MacIsaac, who lives in Port Hawkesbury, said her son couldn’t tell anyone about his historic gig seen by billions of people worldwide on Friday.
As someone who regularly watches Olympic opening cere- monies, MacIsaac said her son knew she’d be glued to the television set and offered no hint of his involvement.
“I had a funny feeling because he was going out there a couple times,” she said Sunday of her son’s recent trips to Vancouver. “ What I know now is it was for dress rehearsal.”
The 34-year-old Creignish fiddler delivered a high-energy performance during the lavish show, which included Canadian aboriginal dancers, acrobats and performances by pop superstar Nelly Furtado and singer k.d. Lang.
“His father and I were pretty excited. We must of got 300 phone calls, people were so proud of him representing Cape Breton,” said MacIsaac. “It was just unbelievable.”
The fiddler was suspended about 45 feet in the air before being brought down to the stage where he performed his tune Devil in the Kitchen as part of a tribute to the Canadian fall. As soon as the performance had ended, MacIsaac called his mom to ask what she thought of the show.
According to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, the live coverage of Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies was the most-watched television event ever in Canadian history. On average, 13.3 million Canadians watched.
“I’ll take that to the grave with me because that was an amazing, amazing thing for us to see, our son on the Olympics,” MacIsaac said.
The Cape Breton Post was unable to reach Ashley MacIsaac on Sunday. His mother said he was still in Vancouver.