Ashley MacIsaac sur­prised even mom with per­for­mance at Olympic open­ing cer­e­monies

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIN POTTIE

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.

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